The Rev. Ms. Priscilla R. Schumm

The Rev. Ms. Priscilla R. Schumm

Passed on Wednesday, 14 February 2018
The Rev. Priscilla R. Schumm passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 surrounded by her family.  She died following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was married to the Rev. Herbert I. Schumm and is survived by her three children:  L. Philip Schumm and his wife, Beth Beyer, and their sons, Matthew and Liam, of Chicago, IL; the Rev. Hannelore Nalesnik and her daughters Nadia and Esperanza of Ayer, MA; and Anneliese Pimenta, RN, and her husband Victor Pimenta, and their children, Kendra and Nathan of Goffstown, NH. 

She grew up in Portland, Maine, graduating from Deering High School and Mount Holyoke College. Following graduation, she worked as a registered nurse and taught Community Nursing at Nashua Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Nashua, NH.

But her first love was ministry, and she enrolled at Andover Newton Theological School. Under the guidance of the Rev. Dr. Herbert Gezork, then president of the school, she went to Philippsuniversität in Marburg, Germany to begin her theological studies. While there, she worked as a nurse at the Frauenklinik and was a member of Bethel Diakonissenhaus in Berlin, working with other sisters at Marienfelde, one of the major refugee-processing camps left in Berlin.  She completed her theological studies at Andover Newton Theological School and was ordained on May 26, 1963.

Rev. Schumm pastored churches in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She was also active in hospice programs in Massachusetts and Maine. She felt that the church has particular imperatives in family ministry, daily worship patterns, ecumenical opportunities, compassionate health care, and restorative justice.

Rev. Schumm’s memorial service will be held at a later date. Her ashes will be buried in two places – at Edgewood Cemetery in Nashua, NH, beside her parents, and at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Meriden, CT, beside her twin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Children’s Literacy Foundation, 1536 Loomis Hill Road, Waterbury Center, VT, 05677.  

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