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Alma Wood Schmidt (Place)

Surrounded by family and friends, that’s when Alma Wood Schmidt felt happiest, in her element. She was the glue that kept her family of seven children together over the years, especially after the passing of their father in 1987. Family and faith are what mattered to her.

Alma, or “mom-mom” to 40 grandchildren and great grandchildren, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2021 at Doylestown Hospital, with her family by her side for her final days. She was 86 years old.

A native of Philadelphia, she lived more than 60 years in central Bucks County, first in Hartsville and in Doylestown since 1969. She was a devoted and active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Doylestown, where she volunteered at the parish school and as part of the Ladies of Mt. Carmel.

For 30 years, Alma was the beloved wife of Gerald J. Wood, who predeceased her, and then later of Emil “Don” Schmidt, who also preceded her in death.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing, dancing, shopping and dining out with friends, but mostly tending to home and family. In her 60s and 70s, she allowed herself to travel with trips to Ireland, Rome, and a Mediterranean cruise with Don. She also was an avid walker at Doylestown’s Central Park, staying active into her early 80s.

She worked as an administrative assistant and bookkeeper for MTS Corporation, Campbell Insurance Co., and Maxwell’s Restaurant. She also volunteered for several years at Doylestown Hospital.

Alma was the loving daughter of the late Charles H. Place and the late Alma (Morrow) Place.

She is survived by her loving children and their spouses: Linda and Randy Paradis of Carversville; Susan and Pete Helm of Hatfield; Debra and Jim Maiorino of Trumbauersville; Jerry and Diane Wood of Boca Raton, FL; Michael and Ann Wood of Warrington; Tim and Becky Wood of Chalfont; and Douglas and Maria Wood of Quakertown; by 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; by nephews Chuck Place of Ambler and John Place of Tinicum, and extended family and friends.  She also was preceded in death by two of her grandchildren, Dave and Ryan Paradis.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 10:00 AM until her Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 235 East State St., Doylestown, PA.  Interment in St. John Neumann Cemetery will follow the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to the Doylestown Health Foundation are gratefully appreciated.

“Every family is a brick in the building of society. The family is where we are formed as people,” – Pope Francis, World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia, 2015.

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Service/Memorial Information
  • Morning Visitation

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
    235 E. State Street
    Doylestown, PA 18901

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
    11:00 AM

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
    235 E. State Street
    Doylestown, PA 18901

  • Interment

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
    12:30 PM

    St. John Neumann Cemetery
    3797 County Line Road
    Chalfont, PA 18914

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