Michael A. Schmidt, 60, of North Huntingdon, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2022 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born April 23, 1962 in McKeesport, a son of the late Elmer and Margaret (Swanson) Ference and was adopted and raised by the late Henry and Helen (Ference) Schmidt. Michael was a retired Lt. Colonel of the US Air Force and throughout his life he was successful in the banking industry. He was a graduate of McKeesport High School Class of 1980 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Robert Morris University. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin, a Pittsburgh sports enthusiast and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Ference; and sister, Dolores Swauger. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Virginia "Ginger" (Walsh) Schmidt; sons, Michael and his wife, Lisa; Steven and his fiance, Miranda; sister, Barbara (Gene) Chrise; grandchildren, Landon, Tenley and Brooks; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, and 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Monday at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Irwin. Interment to follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, McKeesport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or ALS Association. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com
Originally published November 18, 2022.