Mae Schmidle

Mae S. Schmidle

Tuesday, June 8th, 1926 - Friday, April 26th, 2019
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Mae Schmidle, who many called the “spirit of Newtown” passed away at her home on Friday, April 26th, surrounded by family and friends. A familiar figure around Newtown, who always dressed in red, she was as dynamic as she was diligent in given her enthusiastic efforts to the causes she espoused.
Born in Bridgeport in 1926, she married her husband, Robert, and lived briefly in Trumbull before moving to Newtown in the early 60s. Together, they raised two sons, Robert Jr. and Paul, and a daughter, Lisa.
But it was Mae’s social and political activities that read like bullet points of accomplishment. After serving with the Newtown PTA (and later as President of the Connecticut State PTA), she was elected to the first of her four terms as Town Clerk. In 1981, she was elected State Representative for the 106th Assembly District in which she served five terms.
During her years in the Assembly she will be remembered for her advocacy on behalf of the historic flagpole, first erected in 1876 the centennial celebration of the nation’s independence. When the state
sought to remove it, she fought tenaciously and successfully for it to remain. As Representative she also initiated the Aquifer Protection Act guaranteeing the protection of the town’s ground water. She served as President of the state’s Northeast Dairy Compact and the National Resource Council among others.
From pre-schoolers, for whom she guided the Children’s Adventure Center, to senior citizens, in her championing of the Newtown Visiting Nurse Association, her legacy of love for Newtown and its people will be everlasting.
Indeed, throughout her long and fruitful life she had much love to give --- first, to her husband Robert, her son Robert Jr. and his wife Pamela, her son Paul and his wife Wendy, her daughter Lisa and her husband Rob Keller. It included also their children and in-laws, Nicholas and his wife Rikki, Christian and his wife Jen, Heather and her fiancé Chris, and Hillary Schmidle and Baxter and Clayton Keller, in addition to four great-grandsons, Oscar and Bohan and Charlie and Theo. Finally, it continues to touch her legion of friends, neighbors and thousands of Newtowners whose lives she will enrich for years to come.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Rose of Lima Church, Newtown Tuesday April 30th at 12:00noon. Interment will follow in Newtown Village Cemetery. Friends may call at the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown Monday April 29th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Newtown Visiting Nurse Association, 45 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470 will be appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 29th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, April 29th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Honan Funeral Home
    58 Main Street
    NEWTOWN, CT 06470
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 12:00pm
    St. Rose of Lima Church
    46 Church Hill Road
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    Monsignor Robert Weiss
  • Interment

    Newtown Village Cemetery
    Elm Drive at Hawley Road
    NEWTOWN, CT 06470
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Sharon Allen

Posted at 02:17pm
Our deepest condolences to the Schmidle family. May the love of the Christ comfort you and bring you peace during this difficult time. John 6:40. Remembering Mae always in our heart as she rests in peace.

Michele Murtagh

Posted at 03:12pm
Dear Robert, Paul and Lisa and family.
I was sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sorrowful time and I pray that God will ease your sorrow very soon. I remember you and your mom from back in the days when you (not Lisa) delivered the newspapers.
Michele "MIssy" Murtagh

Marc, Chris, and Stefany

Posted at 08:58am
Aunt Mae, we will miss your love and laughter, and your RED. Our thoughts, prayers and love to the entire Schmidle family.
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