Paul Arthur Schmidt

Paul Arthur Schmidt, 67, of Madison, Wis., formerly of St. Louis, died Sept. 8, 2020, at UW Hospital and Clinics. He was born on April 1, 1953, to Walter and Esther (Dyck) Schmidt in Beatrice, Neb.


He married Deborah Fortner on Aug. 12, 1978, after meeting at Goshen (Ind.) College. They built their life together in St. Louis, where they raised their two children.

He was a longtime member of St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship, active in church leadership and teaching Sunday school. His faith was reflected in his commitment to many peace and social justice issues. He was on the board of directors at Project Peanut Butter, an organization addressing malnutrition in Africa, and Project Cope, an organization dedicated to helping people returning from prison adjust to life at home. He would also join Bethesda Mennonite Church monthly to worship at the Mary Ryder Nursing Home in St. Louis.

He moved to Madison this year to be closer to family while undergoing treatment for leukemia. He began attending Madison Mennonite Fellowship and enjoyed building relationships there. He enjoyed reading, listening to NPR, engaging in conversation, going on long car rides and spending time with his family.

Survivors include a daughter, Amanda Schmidt; a son, Benjamin (Erik Paulson) Schmidt; his mother, Esther Schmidt; two sisters, Anita Schmidt and Julie (Donald Mokrynski) Schmidt; and a brother, John (Jean Wollmann) Schmidt. He was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah Schmidt.

Memorials may be made in his name to Project Peanut Butter or Mennonite Central Committee.

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