Dottie J. Schmitz Cassidy

April 03, 1931 ‒ January 03, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Dottie J. Schmitz Cassidy peacefully passed into the Lord’s care Friday, January 3, 2020, from Brethren Care Center in Ashland. She was 88.

She was born Dortha J. Crooks in Mansfield on April 3, 1931, to Louis C. and Vera (Dillon) Crooks. Dottie was a graduate of St. Peter’s High School.

It was there at St. Peter’s that she met Francis J. “Fran” Schmitz, and the two were married in 1950. They were blessed with a large family, and Dottie set about the noble task of raising their four sons and four daughters.

As an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dottie was involved in many aspects of the church. She volunteered as a lay eucharistic minister, served funeral meals, and worked at the church festivals.

After the children were raised, she owned and operated The Trunk Shop, and also Cranberry Heart, a primitive and antique gift shop on Ashland Road for many years.

An avid gardener, Dottie volunteered at Kingwood Center and was a member of Kingwood Herb Society.

She is survived by her children David (Pat) Schmitz of Mansfield, Debbie (Dan) McMasters of Canton, Diane (Lou) Hart of Mansfield, Donna (Larry Swinning) Schmitz of Shelby, Denise (Steve) McClellan of Mansfield, Doug (Toni) Schmitz of Mansfield, Dwight (Christey) Schmitz of Ontario and Dan (Lora) Schmitz of Lexington; grandchildren Scott (Anne) Schmitz, Stephanie Schmitz, Mark McMasters, Erin (Sean) McCarthy, Taylor (Olivia) McClellan, Lynelle (Cody) Botjer, Chris Schmitz, Nick Schmitz, Abigail (Michael) Tsavaris, Emily Schmitz, Alec Schmitz, Elle Schmitz, Ethan Schmitz, and Elizabeth Schmitz; seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Francis J. Schmitz in 1993, and also by an infant son Dillon, and granddaughter Morgan.

Her family will receive guests Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside funeral service will be held Friday, January 17, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Mansfield Catholic Cemetery. Pastor Dave Vance will officiate.

In her memory, contributions to Richland Pregnancy Services may be made at the funeral home.

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  • We send our love and sympathy to all of Dottie’s family. She was a remarkable woman and so very proud of her children and grandchildren. We enjoyed getting to know her as she volunteered in the cafeteria at St. Peter’s. If I was near her as one of her family came through the line she’d say, “That’s my grandson!” or “That’s my granddaughter!” She felt blessed to have such a fine, successful family. Though she never took any credit, she always found joy in the many achievements of her family members. We are grateful that she shared her happiness with us. It was good to get to know her during those St. Peter’s years. We remember all of you fondly and pray that your faith, your sweet memories of Dottie, and your loving interactions with one another can bring you some comfort at this time. Thank you for sharing Dottie with us. May God bless you!

  • Dear Doug, Toni, Dave, Pat & Family,

    We are sorry for your loss. You have a beautiful family.
    You will be in our thoughts & prayers.
    Jim & Andrea Arnholt

  • Nick,

    Sorry to hear about your grandmother passing. Remember to keep the fond memories you have of her close to your heart.

  • Sorry to hear of Dottie’s passing…
    I first knew her from school at St Peter’s in the 1950’s.
    Carm had known her since he and Dave started school..
    Many years..
    She was always nice to me and she and I used to talk often after Mass at St Mary’s..
    We pray she is at peace …

  • Carol Tschantz, a longtime friend

    Dear Dottie,

    Thank you for being my longtime friend. You were an inspiration to me, helping me with the flower beds at St. Mary’s; a visit at your home and walking through your beautiful herb garden or working at many Kingwood Herb Events together.

    May God give you everlasting “Peace” and a Herb Garden to weed.

    My condolences to the Family

  • I remember our year together in the Kingwood Herb Society. Dottie was always gracious, full of good ideas, and passionate about her gardening. Surely God will have her tending His garden.