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Dr. William Joseph Schirmer

Male 1916 - 2006  (89 years)


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  • Name William Joseph Schirmer 
    Title Dr. 
    Born 15 Oct 1916  Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Residence 7 Jan 1920  98 - 11th Ave., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 5 Apr 1930  63 Crawford St., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Graduation 1934  St. Benedict's Preparatory School, 520 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Obstetrician 
    Reference Number PERS214 
    Religion Roman Catholic  [2
    Residence Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 23 Feb 2006  Seacrest Village Nursing Home, 1001 Center St., Little Egg Harbor, Ocean, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I212  Zellner Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2020 

    Father August Henry Schirmer,   b. 17 Dec 1889, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1969, Hillside, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Frances Mager,   b. 9 Mar 1889, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1957, Hillside, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 20 Oct 1915  Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 528 Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    Reference Number MARR760 
    Documents
    1920 U.S. Census
    1920 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 6, ED157, P6-B, August Schirmer Family
    1930 U.S. Census
    1930 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 9, ED7-662, P9-B, August Schirmer Family
    Recordings
    2009-08-13 'Story Corps'
    2009-08-13 "Story Corps"
    Interview with Sr. Loretta "Bernie" Schirmer
    Family ID F76  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jean Mary Bergen,   b. 1 Mar 1920, Norwood, St Lawrence, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 2008, Forked River, Ocean, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 20 Jul 1944  [2
    Reference Number MARR1156 
    Children 
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    +4. Peter George Schirmer,   b. 16 Sep 1949, Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 2001, 1068 Midwood Dr., Rahway, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  [natural]
    +5. Living
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    +8. Matthew William Schirmer,   b. 16 Feb 1960, Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 2003, Mexia, Limestone, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)  [natural]
    +9. Living
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F103  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Oct 1916 - Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 7 Jan 1920 - 98 - 11th Ave., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 5 Apr 1930 - 63 Crawford St., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - 1934 - St. Benedict's Preparatory School, 520 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Feb 2006 - Seacrest Village Nursing Home, 1001 Center St., Little Egg Harbor, Ocean, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Anna Steets Mager with baby (William Schirmer?)
    Anna Steets Mager with baby (William Schirmer?)
    1944-07-20 Bill Schirmer - Jean Bergen Wedding
    1944-07-20 Bill Schirmer - Jean Bergen Wedding

  • Notes 
    • Dr. William Schirmer, obstetrician 40 years, decorated WWII officer
      Friday, February 24, 2006
      Dr. William J. Schirmer, 89, of Little Egg Harbor, a physician and decorated World War II veteran, died yesterday in the Seacrest Village Nursing Home, Little Egg Harbor.

      A Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Marys Church, Newark.

      An obstetrician in Elizabeth for more than 40 years, Dr. Schirmer delivered his 11,000th baby on his 75th birthday. He also served as a physician at the Union County jail for 20 years.

      Dr. Schirmer was graduated from Fordham University in 1938 and Columbia University Medical School in 1943.

      An Army veteran of World War II, Dr. Schirmer was a battlefield doctor in the European Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor for actions in the Battle of the Bulge. He achieved the rank of major.

      Born in Newark, he lived in Elizabeth for many years before moving to Little Egg Harbor.

      Surviving are Jean, his wife of 61 years; daughters, Karen Coon and Ellen Schirmer; sons, Tom, Mike, Chris, Joe and Paul; sisters, Mary Agnes Schoenberger, Sister Loretta Schirmer, Terese Piccoli, Anne Marie Cuff and Margie Conlin; 29 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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      William Schirmer, delivered kindness
      Sunday, February 26, 2006
      BY CAROL ANN CAMPBELL
      Star-Ledger Staff

      Thomas Schirmer remembers talking to his 75-year-old father after the longtime obstetrician delivered his 11,000th baby.

      "I said, 'Dad, you have been doing this so long. Does it lose its touch?'"

      Far from it, the son recalls his father, Dr. William J. Schirmer, responding.

      "He told me, 'When you use your two hands to bring a life into the world, it is the most exciting thing you can experience,'" Schirmer recalled.

      Surrounded by his family at Seacrest Village Nursing Home in Little Egg Harbor, Dr. Schirmer died Thursday. The decorated World War II veteran was 89.

      Dr. Schirmer was born in Newark and lived for many years in Elizabeth and in Hillside. He practiced at what were then St. Elizabeth's Hospital and Elizabeth General Hospital.

      He was known for quietly helping those in need, often refusing to accept pay from patients. He made house calls and was among the first obstetricians to allow husbands into the delivery room.

      Dr. Schirmer rarely mentioned his acts of generosity, though stories emerged through the years.

      Joe Schirmer, one of Dr. Schirmer's nine children -- the family made a baseball team, they often joked -- remembers when he and his wife, Susan, moved to a new home. A neighbor recognized their name.

      "She said, 'Oh, Dr. Schirmer was my doctor.' Then she told me when she was pregnant with twins her husband left her," the son recalled. "When she got the hospital bill and the doctor bill, both were stamped, 'Paid in full.' My father did things like that all the time."

      Joe Schirmer remembers as a child complaining that their neighbors all drove luxury cars.

      "My father told me, 'I won't drive a nicer car than my patients,'" he said.

      Dr. Schirmer, who practiced obstetrics for 40 years, could be a practical joker, too. Once at the maternity ward he filled urine collection jars with apple juice and, while the nurses looked on in horror, professed his thirst and took a swig.

      A story now part of family lore has him riding his motor scooter with a woman in the midst of labor into the hospital, onto the elevator and straight to the delivery room.

      Dr. Schirmer graduated from Fordham University in 1938 and Columbia University Medical School in 1943. He also was a graduate of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark and remained a lifelong supporter of the school, where several of his children also attended.

      "He was a terrific person and a fabulous family man, a dyed-in-the-wool St. Benedict's guy," said Paul Thornton, vice president of development at the school.

      When Thornton's wife was pregnant in 1973, Dr. Schirmer told them not to worry about the bill. He knew they were a young couple devoted to the religious school and not earning a big paycheck.

      "When my wife went into labor, he said, 'I'll meet you in the parking lot. If you can hang on there until midnight, you can save (the bill for a day in the hospital)," Thornton recalled.

      After his retirement at the age of 75, Dr. Schirmer volunteered to bathe AIDS babies at Elizabeth General Hospital. His family said the doctor has continued his generosity after death by donating his body to the UMDNJ -- New Jersey Medical School for research. After two years, the family will receive his ashes.

      An Army veteran of World War II, Dr. Schirmer was a battlefield doctor in the European Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor for actions in the Battle of the Bulge. He achieved the rank of major.

      Dr. Schirmer was predeceased by two children, Matthew and Peter. In addition to his sons Thomas and Joe, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean; three other sons, Mike, Chris and Paul; two daughters, Karen Coon and Ellen Schirmer; five sisters, Mary Agnes Schoenberger, Sister Loretta Schirmer, Terese Piccoli, Anne Marie Cuff and Margie Conlin; 29 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

      A Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in St. Mary's Church, Newark.

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      Dr. William J. Schirmer
      SCHIRMER - Dr. William J. Schirmer (1916-2006) passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, at age 89. Bill graduated from St. Benedict's Preparatory School (1934), Fordham University (1938) and Columbia University Medical School (1943). He served in the United States Army during World War II as a battlefield doctor in the European Theater from 1944 to 1946. He was honorably discharged with the rank of major. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in the Battle of the Bulge. He served as a Union County jail physician for more than 20 years. Dr. Schirmer practiced medicine in Elizabeth, N.J., for more than 40 years as an obstetrician. At age 75, he delivered his 11,000th baby of his career. Dr. Schirmer is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean Schirmer. He came from a family of nine children. He was the only boy. He is survived by five of his sisters, Mary Agnes Schoenberger, Sister Loretta Schirmer, Terese Piccoli, Anne Marie Cuff and Margie Conlin. Three of his sisters, Catherine Schirmer, Bettie Burke and Sister Mary Austin Schirmer, are deceased. Dr. and Mrs. Schirmer had nine children, Karen Coon, Tom Schirmer, Mike Schirmer, Peter Schirmer, Chris Schirmer, Joe Schirmer, Ellen Schirmer, Matt Schirmer and Paul Schirmer. Peter and Matt are deceased. They have 29 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2-5 p.m. at St. Benedict's Prep. School located at 520 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Newark, N.J. 07102 (973-792-5744). A Memorial Mass will be offered on Monday, Feb. 27, at St. Mary's Church (adjacent to St. Benedict's) at 10:30 a.m. in the morning. In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted payable to Dr. William J. Schirmer Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Benedict's Preparatory School at the above address.
      Published in the Star-Ledger from 2/24/2006 - 2/26/2006.

  • Sources 
    1. [S56] Das Mager-Buch: Geschichte einer Familie aus vier Jahrhunderten (Erganzungsband zum "Mager-Buch" 1935), Dr. Edwart Mager, (Name: Freiburg im Breisgau, 1972;), 81.

    2. [S204] Vincent Burke.

    3. [S511] Terese Schirmer Piccoli.

    4. [S14] 1920 U.S. Census, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T625, NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 6, ED157, P6-B.

    5. [S15] 1930 U.S. Census, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T626, NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 9. ED7-662, P9-B.

    6. [S150] Obituary.

    7. [S168] Parish Register of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Newark, New Jersey.