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Frank Schott


Frank Schott, 94, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his children, on July 12. He is now reunited with his beloved wife, Barbara, who passed away in 2017. Frank had a passion for West Side (he and Barbara joined the church in 1959), for music and for helping the most vulnerable in our society. As bright as Frank’s mind was, it was no match for his big heart, which seemed to grow even larger during the final years of his life.

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Elizabeth Junod on July 17, 2020 8:09am

I will be forever grateful for the rich and full life Frank lived. He truly squeezed the most out of the time he was given. Some of my fondest memories are the lunches we shared around the table. Over the years we lamented loss and struggle together, but mostly we learned from one another and laughed together. What a treasured soul, he was. I pray that his legacy will continue in those whose life he touched. Heartfelt condolences to the extended Schott Family. Rest in wisdom, dear Frank.

Brian Hanse on July 17, 2020 8:15am

So sorry for your loss. To be with his Lord and with Barbara again is heaven enough!

Sandra Martin on July 17, 2020 10:59am

Frank and I went once a week to the Bergen County Jail between 1995 and 2005 to spend time with the inmates. I taught art history, and Frank taught chess. It was a West Side program.

pat McGlade on July 17, 2020 12:43pm

I am saddened by the loss of Frank in my daily life, but I am ever so grateful for the place he holds in my heart! I had the privilege of walking though many difficult times with Frank...the illness and death of his beloved Barbara and eventually his own decline in health. He was ever a teacher, and in that time, he taught me how to receive as well as give. His life was full of giving, and it was a difficult lesson to receive, but he was able to not only accept that, but also continue to reach out and share the most tender stories that his life held. I know that Frank's light will continue to shine in his children, family and all that were blessed to call him a friend and teacher.

MARY ALICE CESARD on July 17, 2020 7:39pm

I REMEMBER HOW HE SPENT TIME TEACHING THE INMATES AT BERGEN COUNTY JAIL HOW TO PLAY CHESS. WOW!

Rosemarie Faust on July 17, 2020 10:25pm

Dear gentle Frank, I was so moved by your thoughtfulness. You picked me out (I did not know you yet) and offered me some German material, like German calendars, German books, and German correspondence. I studied everything carefully, but obviously not quickly enough, Frank, you reminded me one day that I should return the material. I had the possibility to order the German calendars. But they were very expensive from importing them from Germany AND it was only June. Should I really order a calendar for the next year in June? They might sell out, were your worries. You were so discreet and never asked again whether I ordered the calendars from Germany. We only talked about music from now on. Your worries about German material and your health are over. Enjoy the blessings of our Lord and the love of your Barbara. I pray for you.

Marc Oehler on July 21, 2020 3:15pm

Oh, dear Frank. What a gift you were to so many. And a gift to me. From the beginning you took me aka “Oehler” under your wing, mentored and encouraged me, and even toward the end, offered words of gratitude and praise. I will always admire your commitment to the vulnerable, belief in the power of a faith community and your willingness to press on after the death of your beloved wife. I will honor the promises I made a couple of days before you died. May God bless your precious family and the community you loved so well...

John and Lucy Ianacone on July 21, 2020 9:22pm

When you first invited Lucy and me to your home for lunch, I was both surprised and honored. We all fell naturally into quick discussions of faith, of politics and of art: how proud you were of your great-grandfather, Alexander Flinsch, and his wonderful paintings. We soon had a show at West Side's Gallery in the planning...step-by-step...then revised step-by-step! It was such a privilege to be able to curate your great-grandfather's works...on opening day the crowds were great, and Lucy's and my pleasure in seeing your pleasure reward us to this day.
The history that you embody is truly magnificent. I searched the archives of the NYT, finding your first-person article on Krystalnacht in the November 9, 1988, issue. I keep it on my desk and re-read it every so often. You end your piece with, "Painful as it is, we must remember." So, yes, Frank, we remember you now with warmth, with pride that we knew you...we remember you now, painful as it is to know that you are gone from us. Rest always in peace, dear friend.

Mary Stuart Gephart on August 3, 2020 8:24am

Frank was the West Side treasurer my first time on Session as the Nursery School representative back when Alex and Charlie attended. They are now in their 30s, so that will take you back a few years! Frank was steadfast in his beliefs, with a heart of gold, who loved the church dearly. His passion will be missed.

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