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Edwin A. Schmalz

June 17, 1932 — June 21, 2024


Ed Schmalz, the “Piano Man,” is preceded in death by his loving wife, Jeanette Schmalz. He is the beloved father of Mike Schmalz, Jeanne Phillips (Schmalz), Debbie Phillips (Schmalz) and beloved grandfather of Billy, Ashley, Brandon, Brennan, Brittany, and Courtney whose life was a symphony of music, laughter, and love, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2024, at the age of 92. Born in 1932, Ed's journey through life was marked by his deep passion for the piano, his infectious humor, and his unwavering devotion to his family.

From a young age, Ed found joy and solace in music, particularly at the piano. His skillful playing was not just a talent but a reflection of his soul, weaving melodies that resonated with emotion and brought joy to all who had the pleasure of listening. His grandchildren, in particular, cherished moments spent gathered around the piano, where Ed's fingers danced across the keys, filling the air with melodies that now echo in their hearts.

Beyond his musical talent, Ed was known for his quick wit and love of jokes. He had a knack for turning any occasion into a laughter-filled event, where his humor brought smiles to faces young and old alike. His jokes, often delivered with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, became a hallmark of family gatherings and a source of enduring joy for his children and grandchildren.

Ed Schmalz is survived by his loving family, including his children, grandchildren, and friends who will forever treasure his memory and the laughter he brought into their lives. His legacy as a devoted grandfather, talented pianist, and master of humor will live on through the stories shared and the melodies remembered.

Ed found a loving home at Evergreen Retirement Community in which he continued to share his music and his youthful spirit with others who were young at heart. His ride or die crew with Linda, Bert, and Murray, along with his musical crew Roman, Bob, and Ovie.

As we bid farewell to Ed Schmalz, we find comfort in knowing that his music and laughter will continue to resonate, bringing us all together, forever changing our lives.

A visitation to celebrate Ed Schmalz's life will be held on Friday June 28, at Saint Clare Church, 1443 Cedar Avenue, College Hill, OH 45554 from 10:00 am until mass of Christian burial at 11:00 am, where family and friends will gather to honor his remarkable journey and the joy which he brought to all who knew him.


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