Ted Schmidt was only 52 years old when he died and was a small business owner installing lifts for the elderly. Ted’s wife Heidi, and sons Michael, George and Albert were the light of his life and they spent many years traveling together and working on every project imaginable, from welding in his workshop, to camping, raising chickens and even hosting gatherings at the house where kids could take a vintage elevator to the playroom attic. The entire Schmidt family have been active volunteers all over Alameda island and beyond, in band at Alameda High School, in Scouts (Pack and Troop 78), the Saint Philip Neri church and its ministries, and via outreach and kindness to neighbors one and all.
It is heartbreaking to lose someone you love, but the family has also lost its sole provider. Our hope is to raise funds to cover Funeral costs that will honor Ted’s memory as the kind and caring father he was to the boys and the friend he was to so many people. With one child just beginning college and two others less than 5 years away from starting college, we also hope to provide the start of a base for college funds for Michael, George and Albert and some breathing room for Heidi to get settled as they begin to heal and find a new normal.
We appreciate any amount you can give. Death makes us all feel so powerless and we want to take action and help in any way possible. Donating to this fundraiser can be a tangible way of supporting Heidi and the boys as they take the next steps without Ted in their lives. Thank you for your support.
- Angela Willoughby
- Mike Alaniz
- kol Ouk
Organizer and beneficiary
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