Stephen A. Schmidt, Ed.D, age 79, of River Forest, Ill., passed away Monday, September 3, 2012, in Oak Park, Ill. Stephen was born on March 28, 1933, in Jefferson City, Mo. to Henry T. and Bertha (nee Korsmeyer) Schmidt. Dr. Schmidt, a Professor of Religious Studies, taught at Concordia Teachers College, Mundelein College, and the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago. Stephen was the beloved husband of Hildegarde "Gick" nee Rehwaldt; loving father of Elizabeth (Douglas Swartz) Schmidt, Deborah Schmidt (Christopher) Rogers, Stephen (Arlene Sweeney-Schmidt) Schmidt and Ruth (Kevin Zamzow) Schmidt; cherished grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of one; dear brother of Herbert (Grace) Schmidt and Henrietta (the late Harold) Kieschnick; fond uncle of many. A funeral service we be held on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, Ill. Interment will be in Concordia Cemetery, Forest Park, Ill. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Institute of Pastoral Studies, 820 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 or Grace Lutheran Church and School, School Fund are appreciated. Funeral information: 708-383-3191 or drechslerbrownwilliams.com.