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James C. Schmidt, a resident of Novi, Michigan, died on April 1st, 2024 at the age of 83. Funeral services arranged by The Dorfman Chapel.

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Location of Service:
The David Oppenheim Memorial Chapel of Machpelah Cemetery
Date of Service:
Thursday April 4th, 2024
Time of Service:
2:30 PM  
Interment at:
Machpelah Cemetery, 21701 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI
Rabbi Joseph Krakoff  
Shiva Information:
The family will be sitting on Thursday in the Derby Room on the first floor in the Belmont Clubhouse at Fox Run from 4:00PM - 8:00PM. People will park at the Belmont Clubhouse.

Shiva will continue on Friday at Kern Korner in the Edison Place building on the 2nd floor at Fox Run from 1:00PM - 4:00PM. People will also park at the Belmont clubhouse and then walk to Edison Place to find it.
41000 Fox Run Rd. Novi MI 48377

Religious services will be held Thursday evening at 6:00PM  
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Charitable contributions:
Gesher Human Services
29699 Southfield Rd.,
Southfield, MI 48076
Phone: (248) 559-5000

The Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network
6555 W. Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Family Members:
James C. Schmidt, beloved husband, cherished father, treasured grandfather, adoring great-grandfather and esteemed psychologist passed away peacefully at the age of 83, surrounded by his loving family on April 1st, 2024. He leaves behind a legacy of warmth, wisdom, and boundless love.

Raised in Detroit with his devoted brother Bob (MyLe) Schmidt and loving sister Gaye Tillman, Jim offered the ultimate example of a life well-lived. He was the adoring husband of Sharon (Music) Schmidt for 60 years, and their love served as an inspiration to all who knew them.

As a father, Jim was a pillar of strength and guidance to his children, Julie (Loren) Stone and David (Liz Wierba) Schmidt. His unconditional love and unwavering encouragement shaped the lives of his children, instilling in them values of integrity, compassion, and resilience.

Jim's greatest joy came from being a doting Papa to his grandchildren: Alex (Kristin) Stone, Stefanie Stone, Jonah (Colin) Schmidt, and Max Schmidt. He reveled in their accomplishments, celebrated their milestones, and showered them with love and affection. His excitement knew no bounds upon welcoming his twin great-grandsons, Ethan and Connor Stone, into the world.

Beginning in 1970, Dr. Schmidt was a faculty member at Oakland University, ultimately acting as a founding member of the Department of Counseling and the Department of Human Resources Development. He also had a thriving family therapy practice that he shared with his partners at Oakwoods Psychological Center.

Beyond his accomplishments as a psychologist and professor, Jim was a grand adventurer, always seeking new experiences and embracing life's journey with an open heart and an adventurous spirit. Whether exploring distant lands or simply enjoying the beauty of nature, he approached every moment with enthusiasm and wonder.

Jim Schmidt's passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew him. Yet, his memory will continue to live on in the countless lives he touched and the lessons he imparted. He will be remembered not only for his professional achievements but, more importantly, for the love, kindness, and compassion he shared with all who crossed his path.  

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