Obituary of Regina M. (Burns) Schmitt

REGINA M. (BURNS) SCHMITT - of Woburn, August 8th, at ninety three years of age. Devoted wife of the late Paul W. Schmitt, Jr. Loving mother of Pauline M. Newcomb, her husband David of Nashua NH, John “Jack” M. Schmitt of Woburn, Marcia A. Prestia, her husband Paul of Westford. Dear grandmother to Leeann Banks, her husband Mark, Rebecca Schmitt Sargood, her partner Carl Chelman, John Schmitt, his wife Jamie (Gangi), Amy Prestia and Paul Prestia,Jr. Cherished great-grandmother to Renae and Joseph Connors and Emily Sargood. The family wishes to acknowledge the caregivers Ana, Suzanne, Angela and Angeline at MeetCaregivers.com for their support and care and Allison Glavin for her care, compassion and friendship. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Saturday, August 12th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara's Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Family and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home on Friday, August 11th from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Regina’s honor to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or the MSPCA at Nevins Farm 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

OBITUARY:

Regina M. (Burns) Schmitt passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family, Tuesday evening, August 8th. The beloved wife of the late Paul W. Schmitt, Jr., she was ninety three years of age.

Born in Boston, she was one of three daughters born to the late John and Blanche (McCallum) Burns. Raised in East Boston, she was educated there also and was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1942.

In 1951 she married her sweetheart Paul, whom she had met on a blind date! She was lovingly devoted to him for over fifty six years. They moved to the West Side of Woburn were they snuggled in and raised their three children. Family was most important to Regina and Paul and they so enjoyed taking part in all of their activities, sporting, academic or anything else they ventured into! Salisbury Beach was a special place for summer vacation. There they would have family, friends and a lot of summertime fun during their time there.

Regina had worked throughout the years as an Administrative Assistant. After High School she began at the East Boston Court House and in later years at Pezrow Enterprises, having retired at age seventy five! A very kind and generous woman, Regina over the years had helped to sponsor a child overseas, maintaining the child’s clothing and books for school. The family had also been long time parishioners of St. Barbara’s Church, having been there since its opening.

As her family grew and they began families of their own, was an exciting time for “Grandma”. She absolutely loved her children and grandchildren, spending as much time with them as possible. They would all look forward to the special treat of sleeping over Grandma’s!

Regina was truly a woman of great faith and love of her God and her family, being very devoted to each.

Sadly in addition of her parents, Regina was predeceased by her husband, Paul W. Schmitt, Jr. and her sisters, Mary Winn and Julia Pezella. She is lovingly survived by her children, Pauline M. Newcomb, her husband David of Nashua NH, John “Jack” M. Schmitt of Woburn, Marcia A. Prestia, her husband Paul of Westford and her grandchildren, Leeann Banks, her husband Mark, Rebecca Schmitt Sargood, her partner Carl Chelman, John Schmitt, his wife Jamie (Gangi), Amy Prestia and Paul Prestia,Jr, her great-grandchildren, Renae and Joseph Connors and Emily Sargood. The family wishes to acknowledge the caregivers Ana, Suzanne, Angela and Angeline at MeetCaregivers.com for their support and care and Allison Glavin for her care, compassion and friendship. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Saturday, August 12th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara's Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Family and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home on Friday, August 11th from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Regina’s honor to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or the MSPCA at Nevins Farm 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.