Sister Mary Michel Schmitt may never be canonized a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, but if she didn’t get a “no questions asked” free pass into heaven no such thing exists.
Sister Michel, as she was known by her students and their parents during a 60 year career in education, passed away last Thursday at the age of 93.
As a member of the Notre Dame sisterhood, she taught students in Delphos at St. Johns elementary school from 1984 until 2007, and also taught children in other Catholic parishes in northwest Ohio.
My kids were among the hundreds of second graders she instructed, and though those days have long since gone by, she was always held in their highest regard.
She was as strict as an army drill sergeant, but she loved her students with a love you could feel.
And along with instructing her students in reading, writing, and math, she always worked to develop in them a respect for others particularly anyone with special needs.
My daughter so loved sister Michel that she invited her to her wedding, and we were thrilled that sister Michel could attend despite failing health.
It seems to me we could use a lot more people like Sister Michel inside, and outside, of the education business.
She will be sadly missed.
That’s the way I see it.