Meredith “Rity” Schmidt

SALEM – Meredith “Rity” Schmidt, 84, of Salem, died Friday afternoon, Jan. 11, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic.

She was born May 31, 1928 in Elkton, Ohio, the daughter of the late John and Viola (Hindes) Newhouse.

Rity had been a beautician at Coopers Salon and Della Lemonn Salon before retiring in 2008 after 60 years. She was a 65-year member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Salem and a 50-year member of the Saxon Ladies Auxiliary Branch #18.

She enjoyed cross-stitch, cooking, gardening and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Daniel W. Schmidt, whom she married May 31, 1946, preceded her in death Feb. 15, 1975. Three sisters, Sylvia Unger, Virginia Schuster and Gladys Singer also preceded her in death.

Survivors include three children, Sharon (David) Walker of Salem, Daniel (Pam) Schmidt of Columbus and Mark (Laura) Schmidt of Salem; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Alan Smearsoll officiating. Calling hours will be held on Monday at the church from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery.

Please omit flowers per the family’s request. Memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 291 South Broadway, Salem, Ohio 44460.

Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home. This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family online at


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