On Saturday, December 29, 2018, Michael “Mike” Schmid Mathews, beloved brother, uncle, and friend, passed away at the age of 66.
Mike was born on October 19, 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to the late Joseph Jacob Mathews and Anna (Schmid) Mathews. He attended St. Henry Elementary School, graduated from De La Salle High School, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Master of Pastoral Ministry from Loyola University. Mike spent a rewarding career as an educator and administrator beginning his career as a teacher at St. Henry Elementary. He then went on to teach at St. James Major High School, St. Peter Elementary, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary. He served as the Principal of St. James Major Elementary from 1990 to 1996. After serving as the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Lake Charles, he began a new chapter; having completed his LADRA certification, he worked as an Addiction Counselor in the Alcohol and Drug Unit for Women for the Florida Parishes Human Services District and then at the Fontainebleau Treatment Center in Mandeville, Louisiana. Most recently, he worked as a Licensed Addiction Counselor for the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office.
Mike was a compassionate and caring person who made a difference in the lives of many. He served as a Deacon in the Catholic Church and, in recognition of the time and extraordinary service he devoted in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, he received the prestigious Order of St. Louis IX medal. Mike looked for the best in others and believed that everyone possessed unique, positive abilities and strengths that he hoped to foster through his mentorship and guidance. He enjoyed visiting with his many friends and sharing his passion for literature, cinema, and music. He lived his life in celebration of each day with a true sense of joy, warmth, and kindness in his heart.
Mike is survived by his brother, Curtis Mathews; his sister, Judith Mathews Bordes; nephew, Colin Mathews; nieces, Laura Bordes Manthei, Elise Bordes Aasgaard, Amy Mathews, and Jane Bordes; their extended families; and many friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal Street, at 2:00 p.m., with visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. Flowers are appreciated, or donations can be made in Mike’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.