Edgar M. Schmitt

September 19, 1935December 4, 2018
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Edgar M. Schmitt, 83, of Oneonta, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

He was born in Flushing, Queens on September 19, 1935, the son of Jacob and Emma (Mathieu) Schmitt. He married Vera Carey on January 26, 1958. She predeceased him on September 15, 2014.

After his father retired, Edgar took on the day to day operations of the family dairy farm, Lake Emmons Farm. Leaving farming, he went to work for Drogen’s Electric. He later started his own business, Lake Emmons Electric. He could recently been seen working at Home Depot as an Electrical and Plumbing Specialist.

He was a member of the Elm Park Methodist Church, the Tri County Dance Club, Meridale Senior’s Club and the Pindars Corners Fire Dept. He was also Fire Commissioner for the East Meredith Rural Fire District and on the board of the Delaware County Senior Council.

Edgar had many interests, such as, traveling, dancing, and spending time with his family. He was an avid reader and crossword puzzle solver. He also enjoyed antique cars and tractors.

He is survived by his children, Linda and David Nowak of Maryville, TN, Marjorie and Steven Banks of Franklin, and Karl Schmitt of Oneonta.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Matthew Banks, Nathan and Vanessa Eldred Banks, Brenton Banks, Jamison Banks and Thea Palces, Spencer Nowak and Gregory Nowak, as well as 4 great grandchildren, Christian and Destiny Banks, Violet Eldred Banks, and Reynaldo Banks; and a special companion, Elsie Colburn.

He was also predeceased by his brothers Walter and Werner Schmitt.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Elm Park Methodist Church with the Rev. Donna Martin, officiating.

A committal service will follow in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery.

Friends may call on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 5 to 7 at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St. Oneonta, NY at which time the family will be in attendance.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820 or the Pindars Corners Fire Dept., 8898 State Hwy 23, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Calling Hours Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 7, 2018

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Brian Holling

December 6, 2018

Linda, Marjorie and Karl
Please accept my most sincere condolences on your dads passing!
It sure has been a long time since we have talked with each other, although it seems as if it was just yesterday when we were kids playing together. I have great memories from summers long ago when we camping at Beaver Springs. In the swimming pool, your dad sitting on the bottom holding his breath as if he hadn't a care in the world and all while winning hands down in us kids game of "who could hold their breath the longest contest," and clearly taking the title from the "reigning title holder" Binky Zimmermann! Although our protests fell on deaf ears it was your dad that day who brought laughter and the rest of the adults to the pool, where a Malay in the form of a kids vs. the parents in an out of control water polo game.
Then "The Beaver Springs Bowl" a game of football (more like "brawl ball" or maybe "dads kill the kids..." lol) that took the most of one sunny afternoon. All of us kids foolishly took on your Dad, Windy James, Max Zimmermann, my Dad and my Uncle Erine... We were fearless, they were bigger, we were hyped up on Coca-Cola soda, they were overly confident on Genesee beer! We thought we were "slick" with our trick plays, they WERE "SLICK" with their trick plays! On offense we could run fast towards our end zone trying to score a goal, on defense they could run even faster, as rather than tackle us they would pick us up and just run into their end zone AND score a goal... well, several goals! And again our protests fell on deaf ears, but we really didn't care who won anyway because we were having fun with our families while getting wicked sunburns! Life was good, our parents worked hard to make sure of it! I think days like those are missing now... the days of swimming pools and football games played our way, campfires with hand made smores which always tasted good even with burnt marshmallows. This is how I will remember your Dad today.

Terri Whitney

December 6, 2018

Marjorie, Linda, Karl and families,
My sincere condolences to all of you on the passing of Edgar. He really was such a nice man. He always went out of his way to speak to me at the office and at the dances. My guess is that he and Vera have already graced Heaven's dance floor! RIP Edgar, you will be missed. Much love to the family at this time. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Pamela Colburn

December 5, 2018

We did not know you for that long but the memories we have with you are great ones. You were a fun person! Rest in peace. Until we meet again!💕


December 5, 2018

Edgar was my neighbor for 40 years. He was always there when I needed him. He will be greatly missed.

George Sydlar

Marsha & Rick Becker

December 5, 2018

We were so sorry to hear of Edgar's passing. He was such a thoughtful and caring person. Edgar was instrumental in helping my husband with his electrical career, and we will forever be grateful to him. He will truly be missed. RIP Edgar.

Eileen Enkler

December 4, 2018

Edgar use to come thru my checkout at Hannaford,we use to have some great conservation. He was a caring man,He will be missed by many.🙏🙏My prayers for the family.

Amy Gaston-Wales

December 4, 2018

Linda, Marjorie, Karl & Family;
My deepest sympathy at the passing of Uncle Ed. May you find solace in your memories.
I wish I could be there to support you all.
All of my love,


Edgar as a child


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