Reinhold Wilhelm Schmieding Sr.

February 26, 1925September 12, 2020

Dr. Reinhold “Ron” Wilhelm Schmieding, Sr. born February 26, 1925, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, passed peacefully from this world on September 12, 2020 of natural causes having spent his last days with his loving family in Naples, Florida. He truly gave his family, friends and patients every beat of his heart.

A funeral mass for family will be held at St. Williams Catholic Church with a celebration of his life to be held in Naples this upcoming Spring.

Dr. Schmieding is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Schmieding (nee Bileti); his sons Reinhold (Erika), Peter (Karen), John (Angelika) and his daughter Mary Catherine Shannon (James); his 12 grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Scott (Sanya), Daniel, Kristina, Stefano, Seraphina, Mia, Gemma, Palden, Tashi Jangmu Sherpa, Tashi Dawa Sherpa, Ang Maya Hyolmo, Lhakpa Doma Sherpa, eight month old great-grandchild, Julien; and his sister Irene of Lubeck, Germany.

Having studied dentistry at the University of Cologne and the University of Detroit, teaching as an assistant professor at the latter, Dr. Schmieding practiced General Dentistry and Dental Surgery in the Detroit area for over 65 years. His care and generosity for his patients was unparalleled, regardless of their ability to pay.

He departs as the oldest member of Forest Lake Country Club where he held his wedding reception, won several Club Championships, saw his children compete and developed his uncanny ability to win at gin rummy. An avid golfer, he shot his age dozens of times over the last ten years, including with his family at the Old Collier Golf Club in Naples.

In honor of his grandchildren, memorials are requested to be donated to St. Jude’s Research Hospital or Tsering’s Fund (


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Mary Catherine Schmieding

September 17, 2020


You were the first man I ever loved, the kindest man I ever knew and the sweetest father a girl could ask for. You didn't work to live, you loved to work. Because of that passion for dentistry, you provided all of us an incredible life and, by example, instilled in us the strongest of work ethics. And I think it's fair to say that our competitiveness was a gift from you as well. Be it on the golf course, tennis court, or at the card table, you taught us to always give it our best, never give up and to use our brains to out-think our opponent. And more importantly, if we had to lose, to do so graciously.

We were blessed to have you with us for 95 years and I thank God every day for how much time we were able to spend together the last 5 years in Naples. I will miss you and think of you every single day - might never be able to play a hand of gin rummy without crying ever again. But, even though my heart is breaking, "I'm OK". I know you're on to your next grand adventure with the sun at your back, a putter in your hand and a smile on your face.

All my love,
Tootsie Roll

Barbara Szymanski

September 16, 2020

I'd like to share this happy memory.

Dr. Schmieding...Your infectious smile from ear to ear I will never forget while walking through the front doors of Arthrex INC. I didn't have to have much of a conversation to know that this is one special man.
I am sure this has resonated with many. I feel so grateful, and humbled to have met Dr. Schmieding.
May your memories live on in so many hearts...… ❤️
Barb Szymanski


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