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
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