Rev. Herbert I. Schumm
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Rev. Herbert I. Schumm
He was born on August 16, 1928, to Louis F. and Cora E. (Roop) Schumm, in Willshire, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary E. Schumm, and three brothers: Frederick Schumm (in infancy); Rev. Robert W. Schumm; and Elbert R. Schumm. He is survived by his three children, L. Philip Schumm, Hannelore C. Nalesnik and Anneliese E. Pimenta, and six grandchildren. He has been a resident at the nursing home since March 2017, with Anneliese (a nurse) visiting with him daily and providing the majority of his care.
Herb grew up surrounded by a close community of family and friends. At the age of twelve, he became the sexton, pianist and organist for the Willshire Church of God in Willshire, Ohio. At age 15, he became the baritone in a quartet at the United Brethren Church in Willshire. By the time he graduated from Willshire High School, he already felt called to ministry.
Herb studied at Anderson College and received a BA degree with additional courses at both Butler University and Garrett Biblical Institute, he was ordained as a minister on August 14, 1951. He started his ministry as a student pastor at the Congregational Christian Church in Warren, IN from 1957-1960. In 1962, he received his Master of Divinity Degree from Andover Newton Theological Seminary, where he met his wife, the Rev. Priscilla R. Schumm. Called to be pastor of the First Congregational Church in East Derry, he served from 1962-1967 and continued his studies at ANTS, receiving his Master of Theology in 1966. In 1968, he was called to Trinitarian Congregational Church in North Andover. For 29 years, he pastored the congregation of Trinitarian Church, retiring as Pastor Emeritus.
During his ministry in North Andover, Herb developed a Nursing Home Ministry in which he regularly held services at nursing homes throughout the Greater Merrimack Valley. He was also president, secretary, and an incorporating member of the Greater Lawrence Ecumenical Area Ministry (GLEAM) program. Additionally, he served as president for the Greater Lawrence Council of Churches. From 1964-1967, he was the summer youth camp director for the NH Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC), and served on several committees for the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC. In the early 1980's, he hosted four high school educational tours to Europe and in both 1981 and 1984, he was the leader for two seminar trips to the Holy Land. Before he retired, he was a founding board member for the Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover.
For Herb, ministry was more than simply preaching on Sunday mornings. It was also about serving the community by helping the homeless, providing devotions for the homebound and elderly, worshipping with prayer, fellowship, and music. He loved the hymns as God's way of speaking to him. He accompanied both choirs and family on the piano or his accordion while they sang his favorite hymns. Herb's faith never wavered. His trust in our dear Heavenly Father provided a constant sense of gratitude for the daily blessings that he received.
Herb was devoted to the many parishioners that he served and to his family. He will be greatly missed, as a beloved father, grandfather, uncle, friend, and pastor.
Calling hours will be at Conte Funeral Home in North Andover, MA on Wednesday, February 21st from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday, February 22nd from 4 to 6 p.m. The funeral will be at Trinitarian Congregational Church in North Andover, MA on Friday, February 23rd at 10 a.m. The service will be led by Herb's pastor, Rev. Gordon Crouch, from the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, N.H. Herb will be buried at Ridgewood cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Herb asked that donations be made to a church of one's choosing.
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