Helen R. Schnitzer

November 26, 1924 ‒ June 26, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Helen R. Schnitzer passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 while living with her daughter in Florida. She was 92.

She was born November 26, 1924 to parents Clarence & Meriam (Holtzworth) Smythe in Pittsburgh, PA. Helen graduated from Wimauma High School in Florida with the class of 1942.

On June 19, 1943, she married Richard E. Schnitzer and they shared 57 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 2001. Now they are together again.

Helen was a member of Resurrection Parish and recently was attending St. Timothy Catholic Church in Lutz, Florida. She was also a lifetime member of T.O.P.S.

Helen took pleasure in being a homemaker. She was involved in many family activities. Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting, bingo and gardening. Helen cherished her family above all.

She is survived by sons Richard (Mary Lou) Schnitzer, Gary (Janice) Schnitzer and Terry (Theresa) Schnitzer; daughter Janice Kelly; 6 grandchildren; 2 step-granddaughters; 3 great-grandchildren with one on the way; brother Howard (Barbara) Smythe; sister-in-law Shirley Schummer and brother-in-law Ralph Curtis. In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Mildred and Betty.

The Schnitzer family will receive friends Friday, June 30, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Resurrection Parish. Rev. Father Nelson Beaver will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made at the funeral home. Please make checks payable to Alzheimer’s Association or HPH Hospice.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Helen’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them – or watch her tribute video – at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Praying for God’s peace to be yours as you say good bye for now to your lovely Mother and grandma.

  • Jan, Tim, Rachael, and all of Helen’s family we send you our sincerest sympathies. I had known Helen since I was fourteen years old. Janice and I met in Irish Hills when our parents were camping and became friends. When I visited Janice her mother was always very kind and gracious. We enjoyed the time that Helen and Janice stayed at our home in Fremont. We introduced Helen to Jarlsberg cheese spread and I understand she became quite a fan of the delicious spread. We enjoyed talking about and sharing books. She was a voracious reader and I kept her entertained. When she returned home she crocheted a beautiful blanket for my newest grandson. Helen was a talented and giving lady and I know we will miss her too.

    She lived a long and good life and her time to rest has come. I am sure she and her husband are reunited again.
    Love and Blessings,
    Pamela & David Eilrich and Family

  • Jan, sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was blessed with a good, long life. I’m sure she will be missed.

  • As you say your final goodbyes just remember that gramma was one special lady to many……she will be missed…….I loved her from the moment I meet her…..will charish all our memories …..God be with you all.

  • Jan and family, I know it is hard to say goodbye but Helen is at peace now and with her loving husband.

    I remember having so much fun with her when we visited Jan in FL – shopping and eating out. And oh yes, how she loved Kurt’s peanut butter pancakes for breakfast.

    Helen well truly be missed by all.

  • So sorry to hear of Helens passing. She was a wonderful, kind lady. Special in so many ways. She once croched an afghan that I just loved and she gave it to me. I will cherish that forever. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

  • Jan and family,

    Helen was a very loving and special person. When we would visit Jan, Helen was always with us shopping and eating out. We had a lot of good laughs.

    Kurt would make breakfast and one of Helen’s favorites were the peanut butter pancakes. She would always ask for those.

    She well be missed by all but she is at peace now.

    Jann & Kurt

  • Helen was such a good lady and I’m grateful to have known her the short time I did. I will always remember her as thoughtful, kind, and with a good sense of humor. My condolences to Terry, Brittany, and everyone else in the family. It’s hard losing someone, though we can take comfort in knowing that her life brought about many blessings and joys we will always find pleasure in remembering. With Peace, Linda

  • Ric, Gary, Janice and, Terry,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as your Mom passes. She was a special lady who now is at peace and maybe just having that long awaited dance with Dick!

    Joe Migocki
    Palm Springs, CA