Lauren Schmidt

Lauren Elizabeth Schmidt

Monday, February 6th, 1984 - Thursday, December 26th, 2019
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Lauren Elizabeth Schmidt, 35, passed away Dec. 26, 2019, in Burbank, California, surrounded by her family.

Lauren filled her life loving and caring for others, fully and deeply, and she reserved the most special place in her heart for her family: mother Connie and father William, brothers Danny (Kurt) and Brad, boyfriend Jose and dogs Llewella and Pepe.

Lauren was hilarious. She reveled in sharing, at every opportunity, her signature ribald wit, often squealing with delight after landing a joke designed to shock and surprise (or sometimes offend).

She was a strong woman who could do, and did do, anything she wanted.

A precocious child raised in Delran, N.J., Lauren was smart and independent from the start. She excelled in school and let her dad coach her in sports. And although she began with ballet, she favored her own interpretive dances, and she liked being silly with her brothers—or bossing them around. With and through her mom and her Grammy Gail, she developed a love of all things British.

As she grew up, Lauren wondered frequently about why the world is the way it is, and what is wrong with it. She questioned inequities and gender norms. She resisted societal pressures, and she became the person she wanted to be.

Lauren loved luxury. She had a remarkable and innate ability to find the most expensive hotel, makeup or hair product to make her feel comfortable, and she cherished long and relaxing baths. She felt good when she looked good. She could wear a jumpsuit, or big sunglasses with a flowy dress that showed off her cleavage. She had an artistic flair for interior decorating and creating floral arrangements, curating beauty around her to align with that which she carried inside her.

Lauren had recently moved to California, where Jose, her dogs, the mountains and the ocean made her the happiest she had ever been. She previously lived in Washington, D.C., where she found joy in being a big sister to Tiffany for many years as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

She earned an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and a law degree from the George Washington University. She was accomplished as a lawyer and committed to her work.

But ultimately Lauren would much prefer to be remembered for a stylish look or a good joke. Or both.

Viewings will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2 and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 at Mount Laurel Home for Funerals, 212 Ark Road, Mount Laurel, N.J.

A memorial and luncheon to celebrate Lauren’s life will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Jan. 3 at Cafe Madison, 33 Lafayette St., Riverside, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America ( or Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Mount Laurel Home for Funerals
    212 Ark Road
    Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Mount Laurel Home for Funerals
    212 Ark Road
    Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Private Condolence

Joanne OBrien

Posted at 05:52pm
Lauren and I met the first day she moved into her apartment here in Burbank, CA. I am her next door neighbor. Lewellyn greeted me first with her unwavering need for attention and then Lauren with her beautiful smile, warm eyes and joyful laugh. Being from Philly I was ecstatic to learn she was from ‘the Tri-state area.’ My people! My tribe! Someone from home was my new neighbor. We hit it off instantly.
Our building was newly renovated so most of us had just moved in and were in the process of settling in and decorating. For the first 6 months it was like Christmas everyday at Lauren’s front door. Amazon deliveries, Wayfair deliveries….deliveries, deliveries, deliveries! She loved decorating that apartment. We both commiserated at how we just couldn’t keep our large plants alive so she purchased a fake tree….problem solved, decor complete. :-)
Then one day she came home with a new little guy named Pepe’…to keep Llewellyn company….well, that was the plan. Lauren had a big heart for a little guy who was a BIG project….a work in progress. A good intention that didn’t work out quite as planned. LOL. Those two dogs were at each other all the time competing for Lauren’s attention….easy to understand why. We all loved them just the same.
The one thing that so impressed me about Lauren was her fearlessness. She showed up to a new town knowing no one and had landed an apartment in an incredible location, knew every cool antique/ thrift store in the area and ventured into the crazy dating world of Los Angeles pretty much immediately. We laughed over our unfortunate dating experiences until one day she wasn’t laughing at her recent dating story , she was laughing with him! His name is Jose. She told me about him and just kept saying “I don’t know…..this one is different…” Well, different proved to be definite and Jose definitely wasn’t going anywhere but over to Lauren’s. I saw Jose’s motorcycle as a sign of comfort. A comfort knowing that as independent as Lauren was, we all need someone to take care of our hearts and Jose undoubtedly did that.
It is surreal to watch a romance blossom with such ease only to arrive at such an unthinkable halt.
I don’t know what the plan was for this last leg of Lauren’s journey on earth but I am a better person for witnessing her fearlessness, her humor and her enormous heart.
There is nothing to say to ease the broken hearts of her parents, her brothers, her boyfriend and her precious dogs. I will miss you tremendously Lauren. You are an absolute treasure.

With Love,

Deborah Crinigan

Posted at 02:24pm
My deepest condolences to the Schmidt family. Sending you prayers & strength.
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Marsue Haney

Posted at 08:24am
Connie and Family, While I never met your lovely Lauren Elizabeth she sounds like a daughter anyone would be very proud of. I am so very sorry for your loss Please know that I am keeping you all in my prayers. Sincerely, Marsue Pierce Haney

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