Saturday, December 10, 2011

A celebration of his life...

These past two days we celebrated Dad's life and had to say goodbye to his time here on earth. We stood for 4 hours straight on Thursday listening to how much of an impact my Dad had on people. We received lots of hugs and many tears were shed. It was such a blessing to hear how much he meant to people and how much he was loved.

 The Mass was beautiful, touching and such a wonderful way to send him back to Lord. The eulogy, given by our Aunt Mary, was perfect in every way. It touched all aspects of his life and personified him beautifully. The burial was cold, yet fitting as Father Eric committed his body to the ground. An Indy 500 race flag was added as a final touch.

Finally, a celebration luncheon was held at Mike's Dance Barn, where all gathered for food and fellowship. It was a beautiful blend of all the different people that loved my Dad. We listened to some live bluegrass music as the grandkids danced around. He would have loved that the best. He loved live music and he loved his grandkids.

It was a perfect tribute!
We can not thank everyone enough for the support you gave to us over these two months and most recently these past few days. Thank you for bringing food, giving cards, flowers and gifts. Thank you for setting up and cleaning up for the luncheon. Thank you to the guys who graciously used their gift of music to entertain us. Thank you also for all the hugs, stories, prayers and love that you poured out upon us. As you have loved us, you are at the same time honoring and loving my Dad. He would have been happy to know that you all loved us so well during this time.
I plan to use this blog as a place that I can remember my Dad, so feel free to keep stopping by as we all continue in our grief!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A beautiful picture of marriage....

Mom and Dad celebrating their 30th anniversary 2 years ago.
They got to celebrate their 32nd anniversary in the hospital this year.
What a beautiful picture of marriage, through good times and bad!
Mom hardly left his side throughout the whole two months and loved him into eternity!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Celebration Luncheon....

Just wanted to let you all know that we will be having a luncheon to celebrate Dad directly after the burial service at Mike's Dance Barn and everyone is welcome. There will be plenty of food and maybe even some live music for all to enjoy! It will be a great time to remember him and tell stories, so we hope to see you all there.

Mike's Dance barn is located on State Rd. 46 between Nashville and Bloomington.
2277 State Road 46
Nashville IN 47448

Papaw playing his fiddle for the grandkids!!


Donald Joseph Schmidt

January 3, 1954 - December 2, 2011

Donald Schmidt, 57, of Nashville passed away Friday at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. He was born on January 3, 1954 in Indianapolis, IN, the son of Donald and Winifred (Matthews) Schmidt.

Donald was a graduate of Cathedral High School and received an Associate's Degree in photography from Ivy Tech. He was a chef for the Cornerstone Inn and former chef at the Seasons Lodge in Nashville, IN. He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church and board president of Mother's Cupboard in Brown County. He was an avid Indianapolis 500 fan, loved photography and enjoyed being a hands on papaw to his many grandchildren, especially enjoyed the yearly tradition of building gingerbread houses with his grandchildren. He lived his life with a great faith in God and genuinely loved people.
Donald is survived by his loving wife Nancy (Glowner) Schmidt; two daughters Christy Schmidt of Brown County and Annie Luidhardt (Gene) of Bloomington; two sons Carl Taylor (Lachelle) of Mooresville and Chris Taylor (Melissa) of Brown County; two sisters Ann Bastin (Terry) of Greenwood and Cate Schmidt of Indianapolis; two brothers Jim Schmidt (Mary) of South Bend and Bill Schmidt (Kristy) of Buchanan, MI; seventeen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and one son Joseph Taylor.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 9, 2011 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Nashville with Father Eric Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Duncan Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the church and one hour prior to services on Friday.
In memory of Donald memorial contributions may be made to Mother's Cupboard at 5294 N. State Road 135 Morgantown, IN 46160.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Two great places to stay for those who are coming from out of town.

Cornerstone Inn (The place that Dad worked)
1-888-383-0300   Website is

Hotel Nashville (The place that Mom and Christopher work at)
1-800-848-6274  Website is

Cornerstone Inn....

Angela, Dad and Pam
I took this photo on Oct. 8th at Cornerstone Inn, the wonderful place where Dad worked. He loved his co-workers and found much joy working there. It was such a blessing that he was surrounded by so many supportive and caring people that loved the Lord.

Thank you to Pam and the Cornerstone Family for being such a blessing to my Dad and to us! 

Saturday, December 3, 2011


It just doesn't seem real yet and I just keep thinking we will see him soon. We had the meeting at the funeral home today and all of 4 of us went with mom. We made decisions but it wasn't as hard as we thought it might be. I think since we were doing it all together, it made things easier.

We will be having a viewing on Thursday December 8th from 4 pm to 8 pm at St Agnes Catholic Church in Nashville, Indiana. There will be a one hour viewing at 10 am on Friday December 9th followed by Mass at 11 am, also,at St. Agnes. St. Agnes Church is located on 1008 McLary Road Nasville, IN 47448.

We will continue to update as we get more information in place.