Father Robert Joseph Schlim, SJ, longtime teacher in Spokane schools, died at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California, October 3, 2017. He was 90 years of age, 68 years a Jesuit, and 56 years a priest.
Fr. Schlim/Bob was born March 28, 1928 on the family farm in Howard, South Dakota, the son of Joseph and Cora Erfman Schlim. His schooling ranged from a one-room school on land carved from his grandfather's homestead, to the local St. Agatha's Catholic school run by the School Sisters of St. Francis, who inspired his love of learning and desire to be a Jesuit teacher, to Creighton University, Gonzaga University, Regis College, Toronto, and Eastern Washington State. He entered the Jesuit novitiate in Sheridan, Oregon, in 1950 and was ordained a priest in Spokane in 1962.
Bob's ministry was centered on teaching: physics and math at Gonzaga Prep and Bellarmine Prep, San Jose, Calif., metal shop in Spokane junior high schools, a high school completion program for the Community Colleges of Spokane, and adult education for the incarcerated. He retired to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California, in 2017 for a ministry of prayer.
Bob is survived by a nephew, Michael Paolin of Sebastian, Florida, a niece, Tammy Croak of Pennington, New Jersey.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone Avenue, Spokane on October 16, 2018. Burial will be at the Jesuit plot, Mount St. Michael's, Spokane.