Ellen Mae Schmidt

March 19, 1927 ‒ November 26, 2019

Ashland, Ohio
Formerly of Delaware, Ohio

Ellen Mae Schmidt, age 92 of Delaware passed away early Tuesday morning, November 26, 2019 at the Brethren Care Village in Ashland, Ohio.

She was born March 19, 1927 in Graham Station, West Virginia to the late Coe and Lovina (Roush) Rickard.

A Delaware resident since 1952, Ellen provided a warm, welcoming home for family and friends. Her hobbies included knitting, sewing, and reading, as well as golfing, boating, and supporting her kids’ and grandkids’ activities. She enjoyed their Florida winters and traveling around the US and world She was active in the Old Stone Church, the Delaware City Schools and a secretary at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Ellen is survived by daughters, Karen (Mike) Goebbel of Westerville and Ft. Myers, FL, Barbara (Ken) Schmidt-Rinehart of Ashland, OH; son, Robert (Nicole) of Whitefish, Montana; 7 grandsons, Todd (Sara), Kyle (Jen) and Aaron (Kaci) Goebbel, and Eric and Peter Schmidt, Tim (Lindsay) and Mark (Laurie) Rinehart; 7 great-grandsons, Tyler, Drew, Reece and James Goebbel, Jay, Caleb and Brady Rinehart, brother Reuben (Carolyn) Rickard, sister Marie Jeffers, and sister-in-law Sue Rickard.

In addition to her parents, Ellen was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Robert in 2011, her son Eric in 1981 and a brother Herman Rickard.

A service celebrating Ellen’s life will be held on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware, OH with Rev. Karen Liddy (Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church, Ashland) presiding. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services. Inurnment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. A reception will then follow in the Snyder-Rodman Community Room.

Contributions in Ellen’s memory made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Schmidt family.

To share a fond memory of Ellen or to express a condolence to her family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Ellen was one of the women who raised me. I have fond memories of the many hours spent in the house on Radnor Road. My heart goes out to Barb, Karen and Bob.

  • What an amazing woman, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. Ellen was always smiling and always had a fun story to tell. She was interested in everyone and everything ! She raised four amazing children and was so extremely proud of each one.
    It was such a pleasure knowing Ellen . Everyone who knows her, loves her. Suzy Beem

  • I have so many memories that come rushing forward. This was a happy time on Radnor Road when Ellen treated my sister Suellen and I like we were her own. She introduced me to ironing hankies and I have loved ironing every since. I think of her Avon makeup sample which was amazing and so much fun to experiment with.It was the best extended family I could have ever imagined. My heart goes out to all of you.

  • “From Almighty God we came, and to Him is our return.” May you be comforted at this time of separation.

  • I have many fond memories of Bob and Ellen at Sugarcreek . My sincere sympathy to the family. Ellen enjoyed life and was willing to go. My husband, Dick liked playing golf with Bob.

  • I didn’t met Ellen till later in life when she moved into the bradford. She was fun to talk to, joke about eating dessert first and playing balloon ball. Always greeted me and told me I could “go now”. When I went to visit her at the care center see still had that big smile and eyes light up. What a beautiful lady. I will miss her. Blessing to the family.

  • Went to school with Bob~ always a class individual!~ and remember Mrs Schmidt well! I had several of the Goebbel grandkids in class at The Jungle Gym. She was a vibrant and loving person! I’ll always remember them both fondly! She and Mr. Schmidt were always warm and welcoming and just great people to know! God Bless the family.

  • Ellen and Bob always made me feel at home back in my high school days with Barb. Many fond memories with the whole family. Warm thoughts to Barb, Karen, and Bob.

  • I have and treasure so many wonderful memories of your Mom. We all had such a great time over many years together between our families. Lots of candy making, hayrides and road trips together. I know your Mom and my Mom had a very special friendship that lasted throughout the years and for a life time. So happy to have those memories ❤ sending hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  • Fond memories of Mrs. Schmidt at the Radnor Rd home. She was always so welcoming! I can still remember the sweet fragrance and mouth-watering taste of her hard tack candy at holiday time. Condolences to the family.