In Loving Memory of Beverly Schmidt

Beverly Schmidt

Beverly Schmidt

Scranton, PA March 22, 1950 ~ April 19, 2015 Date of Service: April 23, 2015

She had no acquaintances; with even the briefest encounter, she made a powerful, loving connection and instantly gained a new, life-long friend. Fittingly, Beverly Ann Schmidt, 65, was surrounded by a crew (theme song pending) of loved ones as she was lifted into God’s kingdom Sunday, April 19, 2015.

Bev lived with the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis for the majority of her life. By 1989 she had lost her ability to walk – by 1994 her arms and torso followed suit. Yet, Bev was a powerhouse; in defiance of her physical limitations, she overcame and took the world by storm. What many would see as a disadvantage, Bev used as a catalyst for positive progress. Always championing compassion, love, and equality, she fought for the rights of people with disabilities. She served as the President of Operation Overcome of Lackawanna County and then Vice President of the Center for Independent Living, also serving on its Board of Directors for many years. In the early advocacy movement, Bev helped to write and then pass A.D.A legislation.

In more routine accomplishments, she was a graduate of Dunmore High School, and worked as City Comptroller for Atlantic City for many years. Bev had an innate talent for cooking – able to whip up a delicious dinner for any number, with any ingredients on hand, and at a moment’s notice. She also had the incredible luck of being both smart and funny – often winning nightly Jeopardy showdowns against her husband and daughter (but usually not her son-in-law). We will miss her laugh and unique sense of humor, her passionate curiosity, and her “Bevisms” (see: “bangin’!” and signing cards “Bev-E”). Through her passionate and constant longing to know, love, and serve God, she’s inspired all of us to be more faithful.

Contrary to what might be expected of a quadriplegic woman, much of her life was lived in service to others. Whether taking the time to listen to troubles, providing a (spectacular) meal, or volunteering to counsel hospice patients, she constantly gave her time and her heart to others. And that’s what is most remarkable about her – her heart. Many of us build walls around our hearts, knowing far too well the risks, but never Bev. She had the most astounding ability to sense the needs and heart of each and every person she met - the ability to make anyone feel as though they were the most important person in the entire universe, and to Bev, in that moment, they were. To know her was to absolutely love her. There are no words that can truly express how deep and great our loss is. We rejoice in knowing the Beverly has fulfilled her greatest wish, to see God, and be reunited in Heaven with her husband, Albert, mother and father, Antoinette and Angelo Trotta, and beloved cat, Peaches.

None are more changed through her love than her daughter, Alison Schmidt Carson. The most precious gift her daughter has known is the unconditional love, acceptance, and deep understanding of her Momma. Beverly is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Robert McAndrew, NJ, her brother, Charles V. Trotta and wife, Dorothy, FL, son-in-law, Michael Carson, niece (and forever Soul Sister) Dana Trotta-Jayne and husband, Brian, FL, and her “acting limbs” and daughter of the heart, April Robinson. In addition to numerous cherished family members, Bev is survived by many children of the heart including Kathy Palmieri, Chuck Trotta, Lynn Phillips, and Michael, Tim, and Kelly McAndrew along with countless friends – who, for Bev, were all at once her children, sisters, brothers… family.  Her love extended far and wide and, although we are grateful she no longer is bound by a debilitated, immobilized body, our lives will never be the same without her here.

With deepest gratitude, we thank Bev’s personal care attendants, past and present, for their loving, loyal, and meticulous care. Without them, so much would not have been possible. Thank you to the kind and dedicated staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart for caring for all of us in these last weeks.  

Those who wish may join us in a celebration of Beverly’s life on Thursday at 6pm in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker Street in Dunmore. Friends may call Thursday from 4pm until the time of service.

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Theresa Marchese DeFrancesco
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So sorry
Reply #10 on : Thu April 23, 2015, 09:44:59
So sorry to hear about my childhood friend passing. We played in the tag and hop scotch and all good things on Center St for many years. I always like Beverly and had a lot of fun. May her family's sorry pass and all good memories are remembered . My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Allyn
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Gratitude
Reply #9 on : Thu April 23, 2015, 00:27:44
Blessings to you at this time. Beverly taught without speaking. Comfort and Love to you.
Anonymous
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Re: In Loving Memory of Beverly Schmidt
Reply #8 on : Wed April 22, 2015, 17:16:40
I have been friend's with Kathy McAndrew for over 35 yrs. I felt as if Aunt Bev was also my Aunt, I'm so sorry for your loss what an amazing woman....God Bless

Gina Capone Gerrity
Alice
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Re: In Loving Memory of Beverly Schmidt
Reply #7 on : Wed April 22, 2015, 16:28:14
I had the pleasure of being Bev's nurse several years ago.
She is one of those people(not patients) you never forget..
She became my friend from our first meeting, I never considered her a patient.
I took so much more away from our visits that I ever gave.
She was a remarkable woman.
And she indeed loved her daughter and that silly cat.
God speed Bev', may you rest in eternal peace.
Johannes Brinkmann & AMTS
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Thinking of You
Reply #6 on : Wed April 22, 2015, 10:47:45
Kathy, Kelly, Our Thoughts and prayers are with you and Bev's family. What an amazing person she was. You must miss her so much, but take comfort knowing she is now with God.
Donna Miller
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Re: In Loving Memory of Beverly Schmidt
Reply #5 on : Wed April 22, 2015, 09:04:48
Although I never met Beverly I feel like I know her after reading the beautiful obituary in the Times-Tribune. I wish I had been lucky enough to have met Beverly, and I would like to express my condolences for your great loss. Donna.
kurt scudillo
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you will be miss
Reply #4 on : Tue April 21, 2015, 23:56:07
I kinda met Beverly when I first moved to Scranton seeping to her on the phone she was good friends with my first roommate then about 7 years latter I finely met her face to face when I started at the C.I.L she was a vary lovey Lady always had a smile her light has gone out on Earth but now She is in The LIGHT GOD SPEED BEV LOVE YOU :(
Bobbie Meyers
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Re: In Loving Memory of Beverly Schmidt
Reply #3 on : Tue April 21, 2015, 22:26:58
So sorry for your loss. I didn't know her, but Charlie and Dorothy always spoke so highly of her. Take comfort knowing she is now at peace and no longer in pain.
Debra Hill
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Beverly Schmitt
Reply #2 on : Tue April 21, 2015, 22:12:52
Marianne Sauter . I'm so sorry for the lost of such a sweet woman that captured your hear for so many great yr . I'm sure she had a wonderful flight into heavens gates. It seems that she got as much as love as she gave. The café is here for you when you need to contact any one of us...just to listen or cry with you, or for what ever kind of need you may have. I think I speak for all of us. Don't hesitate to call upon any of us.
Welcome home Ms Beverly. Watch over us and walk with ms Marianne. She loves you so much!
John & Jeanne Zinkavich
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Re: In Loving Memory of Beverly Schmidt
Reply #1 on : Tue April 21, 2015, 21:44:27
our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this trying time. God bless Bev.