Monday, September 17, 2012

Walburgis "Val" Schmidt















Walburgis "Val" Schmidt was born in 1939 in Germany to Walter and Ilse (Habig) Schmidt. She immigrated to the United States in 1961, and became a U.S. citizen in 1966. For 37 years Val Schmidt owned and operated a licensed public accounting business in Bellevue, Ohio. She was a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Val played many roles in the Public Accountants Society of Ohio, including serving as president of the organization. She was the first chairman of the Board of the Bellevue Cherry Festival in Bellevue, Ohio. Walburgis "Val" Schmidt passed away on September 17, 2003 in Bellevue, Ohio. She was survived by her husband, three daughters, a stepson, and four stepdaughters and many other friends and relatives. Burial was at the St.Peter's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Huron County, Ohio, outside of Monroeville. An obituary for Val Schmidt appeared in the September 18, 2003 issue of the Sandusky Register.

In 1992,Representative Paul E. Gillmor paid tribute to Val Schmidt on her many accomplishments. Below is a a transcript of Congressman Gillmor's tribute to Val Schmidt:

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HON. PAUL E. GILLMOR

in the House of Representatives

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1992

* Mr. GILLMOR. Mr. Speaker, I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to W. `Val' Schmidt, an outstanding citizen and leader from my congressional district.

* I am pleased to announce to my colleagues that Val Schmidt has been elected president of the Public Accountants Society of Ohio. On September 19, she will begin serving in this important position, and I can predict confidently that she will serve effectively and with distinction.

* Val Schmidt is a remarkable American success story. A German immigrant, Val Schmidt has seized on the opportunities America brings and has bravely overcome the challenges it poses. She came to the United States in 1961, became an American citizen in 1966, and has enjoyed a solid, successful career as a public accountant for many years.

* Val Schmidt has also earned enormous respect for her civic achievements. Whether it is her work with the Public Accountants Society, or her previous service as president of the Ohio Federation of Business and Professional Women, Val Schmidt has never missed a chance to demonstrate what a commitment to excellence and service is all about.

* Once again, I congratulate her on being elected president of the Public Accountants Society of Ohio, and I wish her the best of luck.


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During the 1970s I got to know Val through a mutual friend. Val was a dynamic individual, and she put her whole heart and soul into every endeavor she undertook! She is truly missed.

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