Loving Memory 

Helen Schmid
(May 2, 1921-May 22, 2002)

Helen Schmid active in Illinois state government and politics passed peacefully May 22 at the age of 81.  Helen was the beloved widow of Alfred Schmid (Motorola vice president) and is survived by her three loving sons William, Richard, Steven, and her dear sister Virginia.

 Mrs. Schmid was the first woman appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission.  She was appointed by Governor Walker in 1973 and then reappointed by Governor Thompson.  Her leadership led her to be chosen as the President of the Great Lakes Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners.  Governor Ogilvie appointed her as the Assistant Director of Revenue in 1970 after her service as the Chairman of the Vocational Education and Rehabilitation Agency.  She was elected twice to the DuPage County Board beginning in 1965 where she headed the board’s key Legislative Committee. 

 In politics Helen Schmid helped the election of Chuck Percy as the Campaign Chairman for DuPage County.  She was also active in the campaigns of Governor Ogilvie, Harris Fawell’s successful State Senate run, and several other candidates in DuPage county and Milton Township.

 Helen Schmid built an admirable reputation of community service and consumer advocacy.  She served on DuPage county Boy Scout board and as county co-chair of the Illinois Sesquicentennial committee.  She was active in the League of Women Voters, president of the Family Service League, vice president of DuPage Memorial Hospital Guild, a director of the Illinois Public Airport Association, and headed her own public relations firm.  Helen retired in 1987.

Prior moving to Glen Ellyn with her family in 1957, Helen and family resided in New Jersey were she served as associate editor for the old Curtis Publications in New York (publishers of the Ladies Home Journal and the old Saturday Evening Post).  She also wrote short fiction stories for children.

Despite her busy life, Helen was a devoted and very supportive wife and mother.  We her children have lost a dear light of our lives.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 10 AM June15 in Glen Ellyn at the Leonard Memorial Home, 565 Duane St. Instead of flowers, donations may be sent in her name to the American Cancer Society. Internment will be a private ceremony.  

Helen's Memorial Service Information


Helen's Newspaper Stories

Helen Schmid in Loving Memory

 Donations may be sent in her name to the 
American Cancer Society.

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