Mary Theresa Schmidt
March 20, 1956 – April 28, 2021
Mary Schmidt died peacefully with family by her side April 28, 2021, in Longmont, Colorado. A longtime resident of Boulder, Colorado, she was 65.
Born March 20, 1956, to Suzie and John Hudziak and raised in Peru, Illinois, Mary was the eldest of five siblings. Before moving to Colorado to raise her son, Eric, Mary lived in San Francisco, California, where she worked as a paralegal.
Her remarkable nature, admired by all who were lucky to know her, found it’s true place and purpose at The Family Learning Center (FLC) — the Boulder-based nonprofit organization where she dedicated more than 25 years as business manager. In this role, her heart and mind could work in accord to benefit the greater good. Mary worked tirelessly and gave generously. Though she preferred to fly under the radar with the selfless support given to all those around her, her endless kindness will live on.
Those who worked with her appreciated Mary for being the heart of the FLC’s daily life and someone who made the hard work fun, kept the wheels turning, and had an impact on the lives of so many in the San Juan Del Centro and Boulder community. Colleagues and friends will also remember Mary for her bright smile and beautiful eyes, and her vibrant and fabulous personality — attributes that also apply to her bohemian chic style, complete with statement jewelry, long flowing hair and signature fingernails, always done the nines.
The holidays were Mary’s domain. She had a knack for always selecting the kind of gifts you never knew you wanted and then couldn’t live without, taking joy in making sure everyone received at least one — even pets didn’t leave the party empty-pawed. Every gift was wrapped with a personal flair, and that artistry extended into her immaculate handwriting, makeup, small garden and floral arrangements.
Mary is survived by her son, Eric Schmidt and wife Heather Fried, mother, Suzie Hudziak, sister, Sarah and husband Bruce Bernau, brother, Jim and wife Teresa Hudziak, sister, Ann and husband Mark Kessel, dear friend, Clay Beckham, aunt, Judy Grimler, nieces and nephews: Brady, Tessa and Addy Bernau, Jake Bernau, Vicenta Hudziak, Sam Hudziak, Maddie Hudziak, Emma Hudziak, Amber Kessel, Ben Kessel, and dog, Simon. She was preceded in death by her brother, Tony Hudziak, father, John Hudziak, and several beloved aunts, uncles and grandparents.
A private family service will be held in late-May, and details for a public memorial, once larger group gatherings are safe, to follow. Memorial contributions can be made to The Family Learning Center in her name at https://flcboulder.org/give-a-remembrance-gift/.
- The Family Learning Center
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Mary Theresa Schmidt
May 6, 2021
I lived next door to Mary for twelve years and we became good friends. She was like a grandmother to my little girls and they loved seeing her. We would garden together in the courtyard and watch Simon run around and laugh so hard when he would just run laps around the place. There was almost never a day that went by where we didn’t chat. She was a wonderful person and my heart is broken to hear of her passing. I will miss her smile, laugh and huge heart. My condolences to Eric and the rest of the family during this difficult time.
May 5, 2021
Mary has been a staple at The Family Learning Center since we were kids, she was always so kind, bright and welcoming to anyone she met. She will be truly missed. Sending our condolences to Eric and her loved ones.
The Gordillo Family (Yanelly, Crystal, karina, and Irania)
May 5, 2021
I was Mary's neighbor, starting in 2018. Even though I only new Mary for a short time, I was always glad to see her out walking Simon, and always glad to catch up with her on the latest neighborhood happenings and Boulder news. When I was hospitalized for several months in 2019, Mary helped take care of Mettle, my cat. When I returned home, she would continue to say hi to Mettle through the kitchen window, and would always let me know if she'd seen him sitting on the sill. She was a warm and comforting presence in our little Boulder nook and I really miss seeing her everyday. My heart goes out to Eric and the rest of her family in this time of grief.
May 4, 2021
Mary, thank you for being a light of my world! You were there for me when I was alone in Boulder without a family! You and Brenda took me in at the Family Learning Center to work as a receptionist long ago even though I did not have enough experience. You accepted me as part of your family and I spent most Christmas with you and your family. You always made my Christmas gifts wrapped so beautifully and made sure I had the best gift since I did not have a family to go to. You have a heart of a gold and you were always ready to help anyone including me without any hesitation. You are one special soul and I am grateful to have known you and I thank God for sending me an angel when I was alone. You will be missed but never forgotten. I know you are in a good place with our loving father. I love you forever and ever!!❤️
Ann and Geoff Cooper
May 3, 2021
We will miss beautiful Mary. I can see her smile and hear her warm greetings and constant laugh. She was Brenda’s right hand. You saw one - you saw the other. Things will be soooo different without you Mary. Thanks for all the wonderful memories and great stories! See you on the other side!
May 3, 2021
As I sit thinking I have so much to share with you ... but you aren't there to answer the phone. You were always my ride or die sister friend. You were there for me every step of the many challenges these last few years the death of sister, my son, and my mother. This October when I got so sick you were there! There were times I would call to tell you I didn't think I going to make it I was so sick. You would " tell to get over it, I wasn't dying and you didn't want to hear it". I wish I had the power you heal you cause I miss you more than words can express.
In 25 years we made lots of memories talking every day, our trips to La Paz Mexico, shopping with Naomi, all the fall galas and other fundraising for the Family Learning Center, working on grants together and all those creative reports. We were a perfect match at work you were the calm one, kind, huggy type, you made everyone feel comfortable. Me, not so much the words calm and huggy will never be used to describe me. I will always hold you close to my heart! Hold everything down up there heaven when I get there i am sure I will have plenty to share. Rest in Heaven my beloved sister friend until we see each other again. Brenda
May 3, 2021
Mary you were such a familiar figure at the Family Learning Center,. You saw many of our kids grow up and provided a hug to little hearts when needed and some reassurance. You will be missed and rest peace. You left us a great treasure in Eric and may your light shine bright through him. Sending our condolences, Rosie, Emi, Loren, Rosamaria and Quitos, the Ortiz family and friends.
May 3, 2021
I loved working with Mary at FLC. She was fun, organized (in her own way) and on top of everything. So hard to get that I won't see her there anymore...
Fly high Mary, and big, big thanks for being part of my world for a little while.
May 2, 2021
Mary was our favorite neighbor and friend. We loved seeing her everyday with Simon. She was always friendly and had time to chat. We appreciated her warmth and good humor.
We miss you greatly, Mary. What a great human to have in our fragile world.
Sending our love and deepest condolences.
Sandra and Forest Butvilofsky
May 2, 2021
Mary was part of my Redstone Rd courtyard family for several years. I remember when she added Simon to her and our family. We would spend so much time hanging out in the courtyard laughing and laughing at little Simon running around. Mary was a beautiful lovely caring woman that I always enjoyed running into and having a chance to talk with in the courtyard. She often played the role of mother to those of us who were younger and figuring out our way in life and was a constant support and cheerleader. I still have and cherish the beautiful butterfly box she gave me when we celebrated the arrival of my first baby girl. My love to her son Eric and family and friends. Mary will always be treasured in my heart and will be greatly missed.
May 1, 2021
Mary was a wonderful neighbor and a familiar face in our wonderful little courtyard in Boulder. We always waved & smiled at each other through the window when she would walk Simon in the mornings and evenings. She was very kind and caring woman, and was always interested in how we were doing! When another one of our neighbors was hospitalized, she made sure to keep us all informed about his condition. She truly was a bright light and I really enjoyed chatting with her. I am so saddened to hear about her passing. It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that we’ll never see her again. I will miss her. I only knew her for a brief time, so my heart goes out to her family, friends, & Simon who I know are all going to miss her more than words can describe. You are in my prayers