Alexander Schmidl Obituary

Alexander August Schmidl
Alexander August Schmidl

Born in Jersey City, N.J.
Resided in Niantic, Connecticut


Alexander August Schmidl of Niantic CT, entered into eternal rest on May 16, 2018. He was 90 years old.
The son of August and Jane Schmidl, Alexander was born and raised in Jersey City NJ, where he attended St. John's School and St. Peter's Preparatory School. He earned his Associate's Degree in engineering from the Newark College of Engineering, now NJIT, in 1952. He went on to join the Society of Jesus, where his education and formation for the priesthood included studies at the Jesuit Novitiate in Wernersville PA, the School of St. Philip Neri in Boston, Woodstock College in Woodstock MD, and Fordham University, from which he earned his BA in philosophy with minors in physics and education in 1960. During part of his time as a Jesuit seminarian, Alexander taught physics, geometry, English, and American history at Loyola High School in Baltimore MD.
Alexander resigned from the Jesuits and was released from his obligations in 1963. At that time, he returned to the printing industry, in which he had worked as he put himself through his first years of college; his career in printing would go on to span nearly five decades.
In 1966, Alexander married, moved to West Orange NJ, and in the years that followed became a loving father to three children. He remained in West Orange until 2013, when he moved to Niantic CT. For more than four decades he was an active member of St. Joseph Church in West Orange, and in his last years of life continued to be a daily communicant at St. Agnes Church in Niantic, as long as he was able.
Alexander was a lifelong learner, whose many passions included theology, literature, science, history, art, computers, and mathematics. His personal library was filled with books, music, and media reflecting his love of knowledge, beauty, and wonder.
Alexander was predeceased by his brother and sister Joseph and Florence. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Alexandra and Mark Rosenthal; his sons and daughters-in-law Joseph and Dana Schmidl, and Carl and Tina Alexander; his six grandchildren Anastasia, Peninah, Quinn, August, Connor, and Rowan; his ex-wife Gwen Dowd; his nephew Eric Schmidl and Eric's wife Laura; and countless beloved cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 1, from 9 to 10:30 am at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 48 Grand Street, Niantic CT. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 1 at 11 am at St. Agnes Church, 22 Haigh Avenue, Niantic. Alexander's graveside service will take place on Saturday, June 2 at 10:30 am at Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington NJ, where he will be laid to rest with his parents, brother, and sister.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations for memorial Masses at St. Agnes Church, St. Joseph Church West Orange, or the parish of your choice. Donations may also be made in his memory to the Vatican Observatory Foundation, 2017 E. Lee Street, Tucson AZ 85719,
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Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand Street
Niantic, CT US 06357
Friday, June 1, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Agnes Church
22 Haigh Ave.
Niantic , Connecticut United States 06357
Friday, June 1, 2018
11:00 AM
Holy Cross Cemetery
340 Ridge Rd.
North Arlington, New Jersey USA 07031
Saturday, June 2, 2018
10:30 AM

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