Elizabeth W. Schmidt, 86, of Exton, PA, passed away February 6, 2024 with her daughters by her side, holding her and telling her it was okay to go to their Dad and God.
Born January 29, 1938 in Bucharest, Romania, she was the daughter of the late Otto and Else (nee Bernek) Jarmolowicz.
Elizabeth became a Realtor in 1977 and retired from RE/MAX Professional in Lionville. Devoted to her clients in Chester and surrounding counties, she received many awards and accolades in her 41 years of service. “Liz” exuded thorough knowledge of the industry in each transaction, treating all clients equally and with kindness. Going to a public place with her was like walking around with a celebrity, everyone knew and loved her.
Elizabeth came to this country via a boat, as a 17 year old with her mother, twenty dollars and a small trunk filled with both of their belongings. As a little girl, very poor, they lived in many countries and were often moved around due to WWII. She lived in many countries, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Germany as a young child, never really having a true home. Before coming to this country she was back in Romania, living in barracks with many family’s to each room, for 4 years. She had a very hard life in her first 17 years but that is what gave her grit, tenacity and fierce independence. Elizabeth was so very proud when she became a legal US citizen, she loved this country and her rights to many freedom's.
Elizabeth was an amazing mother, grandmother, GG (great grandmother), mother-in-law and friend. She always worried about everyone else, were they hungry, comfortable, tired, stressed. She would try to make anything better with words or just a simple, loving hug. She loved her family with every ounce of her being. She finished many visits or calls saying “I love you more”. Liz’s love for her family has left a huge and unimaginable hole in the entire family.
Elizabeth battled Multiple Myeloma from the summer of 2012, she was diagnossed just weeks after her beloved husband died. She battled fiercely in order to be with her family as long as possible. She had many other illnesses with her heart and kidneys, worsened by her cancer treatment yet she still persevered. Always having her family in mind and not wanting to leave them. In the last 13 months she had 10 hospitalizations, each one weakening her body but not her spirit and desire to fight cancer. Our mother was feisty until the very end.
Elizabeth was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Schmidt; loving mother of Christina Menter (Scott) and Elizabeth Sterritt (the late James); adoring gramma of Lyndsay Sterritt (Anthony Welsh), Patrick Sterritt, Sarah Sterritt, and Mason Menter; and proud GG of Cameron Welsh.
Relatives and friends are invited to her Viewing 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Ss. Philip and James Church, 723 E. Lincoln Hwy, Exton, PA 19341, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM. Interment at Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Abramson Cancer Center (where her oncologist was), 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or to the International Myleoma Foundation, 4400 Coldwater Canyon, Ste 300 Studio City, CA 91604 or at myeloma.org