Arlene Schmid

Arlene R. Schmid

May 9, 1927 - November 2, 2019
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Arlene passed away on November 2, 2019 at the age of 92. She was born on May 9, 1927 in Ann Arbor, MI to Oscar E. and Louise A. (Seyfried) Reiff.

Arlene married Bernard Schmid on January 10, 1948 at Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Ann Arbor, MI. She was a lifelong member of the church and taught Sunday school for many years, as well as being a member of the Mother’s Study Circle, Church Women United – Ann Arbor and the State of Michigan unit, and served on the Women’s Board and Christian Education Board. For 45 years she served the Ecumenical Campus Center in Ann Arbor where she interfaced with foreign students.

Arlene gave much of her time to helping others. She was a Girl Scout Leader for many years, developing an extensive hiking program. She delivered for Meals on Wheels as well as volunteering at the University Hospital gift shop, Brecon Village and the Washtenaw County Historical Society. An avid reader who especially wanted to help children, Arlene participated with Teaching-Learning Communities by working one-on-one with first-graders to help them learn to read. Compassionate to all, each month she would take a birthday cake to the Maxey Boys Training School so that all boys with a birthday that month could celebrate.

Arlene was the loving mother of Mary (James) Robertson, Barbara Schmid (Charles Todd), and William; proud grandmother of six; great-grandmother of nine; and dear sister-in-law of Nancy Trotter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard L., her son, Robert L., and her brother, Paul Reiff.

A memorial service in honor of Arlene’s life will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Community Room of the EHM Professional Office Building (formerly Saline Community Hospital); 400 W. Russell St., Saline, MI 48176 (Go to second portico - Main Entrance). Memorial contributions may be made to the Arbor Hospice Foundation; 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, or Meals on Wheels of Ann Arbor; 2025 Traverwood Dr., Suite F, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.
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  • Memorial Service

    Friday November 8, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday November 8, 2019 11:00am
    EHM Professional Office Building
    400 W. Russell Street
    Saline, Michigan 48176
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    In the Community Room, formerly Saline Community Hospital, go to second portico - Main Entrance
    Rev. Judy Jahnke


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Jenni Glysson

Posted at 07:58am
Oh Fearless, I hope she knew how much she meant to us. The time I spent with her and the hiking group are some of my most important memories. She helped me to grow up to be the person I am. So sorry to have missed the service, just saw the obituary in the paper afterwards, I would have been there. I still volunteer with Girl Scouts in her honor. Condolences to you all.

Carol Pearlman Frybarger

Posted at 06:14am
Fearless was the leader of our Girl Scout Troop in the late 1970's. She was a wonderful woman who impacted greatly on my life and gave me opportunities that I would not have otherwise had. She built lasting memories for many of us and influenced who we are today. She and Uncle Barney were so much fun and cared about all of us. She will live on in many of us for years to come. Thank you to her family for sharing her with us. - Carol Pearlman Frybarger

Orval L. E. Willimann

Posted at 03:17pm
The “pure goodness” which flowed from the heart of Arlene knew no boundary. It was my joy and pleasure to learn from her and share life with her. Ruth joins me in extending our love and sympathy as you grieve the loss of her presence and we would celebrate with you as she passes into her Eternal Life with her Savior. Love, Orval

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