The Obit For Ralph Schumey

Ralph Schumey

Published in The Hartford Courant on January 18, 2011

Ralph K. Schumey, 81, of Vernon, widower of the late Aida (Alvarez) Schumey, died Sunday January 16, 2011.

He was born February 13, 1929 in Rockville the son of the late John and Elsie (Berthold) Schumey. He lived in the Rockville area all his life. He graduated from Rockville High Scholl in 1947 and also attended Willimantic Teachers College. He received a Bachelors of Science Degree and a Masters Degree in Administration from the University of Hartford.

In 1948 he signed a professional baseball contract with the Boston Braves baseball team. Ralph also played baseball with several semi- professional baseball teams including the Rockville Hillbillies, Moriarty Brothers and Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in the Industrial League.

Ralph was a teacher in the Vernon School System for 25 years. At the Vernon Middle School, he taught English and was Chairman of the Language Arts Department. He also coached several sports. Ralph attended The Hart School of Music where he studied voice. He sang with many choral groups. He was a member of St John's Episcopal Church in Vernon.

Ralph was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the 103 Fighter's Wing and the 118th Fighter Group. Ralph loved all sports, horse racing, nature, feeding the birds, gardening and the beach.

He is survived by his children and their spouses; Steve and Lois Schumey, Kurt and Vicky Schumey, Ilsa and Richard Graf, Ellen Schumey and Shea Novak, Alida and Claude Pelletier, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by a grandson Richard Graf.

Ralph's family will receive friends on Wednesday January 19, 2011 from 4-6 p.m. at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St, Rockville. Funeral and Burial at the Elmwood Cemetery will be private for the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Human Society of CT, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111 or the Audubon Society of CT, 1361 Main Street Glastonbury, CT 06033. For online condolences, please visit