Tazuko Omori Schmitz
  • 71 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 18, 1945
  • Date of passing: Aug 17, 2016

Tazuko Schmitz died peacefully at home on the morning of August 17, 2016 after a seven-year long, but nearly symptom-free, battle with breast cancer. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister and friend. (more..)


And if I go, while you’re still here…
Know that I live on,
vibrating to a different measure
-behind a veil you cannot see through.
You will not see me
so you must have faith.
I wait for the time when
we can soar together again
-both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to its fullest
and when you need me,
Just whisper my name in your heart
…I will be there.

A Gift from the Heart of Patricia Nolen Duer

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Alan Silberberg on 17th August 2017

"i sit here reminiscing about taz, and what comes most to mind is how she selected features of japanese and american life to define herself.  on the one hand, the dress, the food, the guests, the yard design are all those of a japanese woman of impeccable taste.  on the other hand, the poker playing and the "guidance" she offered while being driven to the chinese bus in all american.  

you are to be commended for your taste.  you were married to one of a kind. unfortunately, i don't know how you find her again.

i am sorry she is gone.


This tribute was added by ikuko omori on 18th February 2017

"The more time goes by, the more I realize how big Tazuko was for me. I really miss you, Tazuko.  I will be in Doromite with my family, Charles and friends soon to remember the fond memories with Tazuko."

This tribute was added by Patricia Martin on 31st August 2016

"As a fellow Foreign Language Docent I remember Tazuko well; she was gracious and elegant, and we all greatly enjoyed her company and her lovely home and garden.  My heartfelt condolences to her family."

This tribute was added by dugan romano on 31st August 2016

"I speak for many of the Foreign Language Docents of the National Gallery who remember the gracious and lovely Tazuko when I send condolences to her family.  May she rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Hansi Schmidt-Thomee on 30th August 2016

"“You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them...In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night...You - only you - will have stars that can laugh.”

“And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure . . . And your friends will be properly astonished to see you laughing as you look up at the sky! Then you will say to them, 'Yes, the stars always make me laugh!' And they will think you are crazy. It will be a very shabby trick that I shall have played on you...”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The little Prince

Tazuko - you were unique - like a star in the sky. Your German relatives are missing you but we may look into the sky at night and smile when we think of you!"

This tribute was added by John MacMahon on 30th August 2016

""If I should go before the rest of you
Break not a flower or inscribe a stone
Nor when I'm gone speak in a Sunday voice
But be the usual selves that I have known.
Weep if you must
Parting is hell.
But life goes on
So sing as well."

Thank you for a fine tribute, Charles. We are thinking of you."

This tribute was added by Alan Silberberg on 29th August 2016

"you wrote a wonderful tribute to tazuko; your love is apparent.  we will all stand by you through this and what follows.


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