Ronald Edward Schmit, 70, of Pueblo, Colo., was received into the arms of Jesus on April 23, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Rosella Schmit; and sister, Candace Schmit. Ronald is survived by two daughters, Linnea and Else Schmit of Pueblo; sisters, Parma Von Behren (David) of El Cajon, Calif. and Lyn Henderson (Keith) of San Diego Calif.; brother, Donald Schmit of Fairfield, Iowa; nephew, Jeffery Von Behren (Alison Alpert) of San Diego, Calif.; brother-in-law, Charles Rusnacko of Minneapolis, Minn., and former wife, Karen Akin of Pueblo. Ronald served 18 years as a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo. He worked in the therapeutic profession at both Pueblo hospitals until his retirement. Ron had an artist's heart, designing stained glass, and was a published poet. He had a whimsical sense of humor and had a passion for the outdoors which he shared with his daughters. He nobly lived with Parkinson's disease since the mid 1990s. Profound gratefulness is to be extended to all of the friends who were so faithful in visiting him. His family wishes to thank Drs. Phillip Woods and Stephen Smith, Wynwood of Pueblo assisted living, Belmont Lodge Nursing Home, and Sangre de Cristo Hospice for their tender care of Ron. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2011, in the Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel with Fr. Gary Kennedy and Msgr. Len Racki officiating. Memorials may be made to Parkinson's Association through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. I celebrate the life of a wonderful Christian and caring person. Where ever he was he showed love and care for others. The world is a better place because Ron walked among us.

  2. WE love you Linnea. I never had the pleasure of meeting your dad and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I know that if he was able to produce such a wonderful woman as you, then he must have been just as wonderful. He is now in heaven with no pain. looking down on you and giving you his graces.
    We are always here for you and please call if you need anything.

  3. My husband, John and I are very saddened
    to hear of Ron’s passing. Ron was our parish priest at St Leander and I believe it was his first assignment. He officiated at our marriage in 1974. He was a frequent guest in our home in Arvada and we shared many soul-enriching conversations. I regret that I did not have a recent contact with him. His body may have been taken by his disease but his mind was always at work. He was a great spiritual influence in our lives. Deepest sympathy to Linnea, Else and family. He will be missed but I feel fortunate to have shared some very special times with Ron.

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