Norman Schmid, 90

Published 1:43pm Thursday, September 6, 2012

Norman Schmid, 90

Born: Oct. 20, 1921

Died:  Aug. 29, 2012

Norman Jacob Schmid, 90, of South Bend, Ind., passed away Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, 2012, in his home.

Norman Schmid

He was born Oct. 20, 1921, in Chicago, to Hugo and Laura (Malstrom) Schmid.

On May 17, 1958, in the United Church in Cassopolis, he married the former Sylvia Reames. They celebrated 54 years of marriage.

Mr. Schmid is survived by his wife, Sylvia Schmid; daughter, Shari (Philip) Coulis of Munster, Ind.; son, Mark Schmid, of Mishawaka; three grandchildren, Steven (Christina) Coulis, of New York City, Andrea Coulis, of San Jose, Calif., and Loren Schmid, of Elkhart; and sister Joan (Kenneth) Hartman, of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Schmid.

Mr. Schmid graduated from Amundsen High School in Chicago. He earned a master’s degree from Indiana University and Michigan State. He also attended school in Austin, Minn.

Mr. Schmid boxed in the Midwest Golden Glove during his college years and during his time in the military. He served honorably in the United States Army during World War II, serving in Patton’s 3rd Army. He retired from the South Bend Community School Corporation, where he was employed as a physical education teacher and coached football at Jackson. He was a physical education teacher at several schools, working at Grane School in North Liberty and Central High School, where he also coached swimming, football and golf.  He coached football in Richmond, Mich., before going to Romeo. As the football coach at Romeo, his team lost to Richmond. He taught tennis for the South Bend Park Summer Program. He was a tap dancer, the only man in the class, at Flint Dance School. He was a member of the Masonic Loyal Lodge 1007 in Chicago.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, in the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St., South Bend. Graveside services and burial followedx in Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend. The family received friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home and one hour prior to the services Saturday.

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