Mary Dinsmore Schneider
February 14, 1913 ‒ May 19, 2003
MANSFIELD: Mary Dinsmore Schneider, 90, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, formerly of Mansfield, died Monday afternoon May 19, 2003 in Blacksburg, Virginia, following a long illness.
She was born February 14, 1913 in Brooksville, West Virginia, the daughter of George H. and Sarah Burris Dinsmore.
She was a 1930 graduate of Aleppo, Pennsylvania High School. She attended the University of West Virginia, Duke University, Fairmont State Teachers College, and was a certified teacher.
Mary enjoyed the unique experience of having taught in two one-room schoolhouses: Green Valley and Sugar Grove, both in the Aleppo, Pennsylvania area.
On September 10, 1935 she married The Reverend Bernard N. Schneider. She was a loving wife and mother, devoted to her husband’s ministry. She came to Mansfield in 1942, when they founded the Marion Avenue Grace Brethren Church, a ministry they served sixteen years.
Mary was well traveled in the United States, Europe, and the Holy Land. She assisted her husband in short-term missionary service in Germany and Hawaii under the Grace Brethren Foreign Mission Board. She wrote devotionals for a Christian Publishing House and finished the book her husband was writing at the time of his death “The Love of God and You”.
During her years in Mansfield, she was a charter member of the Mansfield Art Center.
Mary and her husband retired to Sanibel Island, Florida in 1960. Later, they relocated to Fort Myers, Florida and started the Fort Myers Grace Brethren Church, where Mary retained her membership.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Lucie and John Levy of Blacksburg, Virginia; her grandson and his wife Bernard and Kara Karr of Harrisonburg, Virginia; her granddaughter and her husband Rachel and Christopher Danielson of St. Paul, Minnesota; two great granddaughters Mia Christina and Tessa Yvonne Karr; a sister Betty Church of Bellville; a niece Sarah Clifford of Mansfield; and three nephews Robert Dinsmore of Wichita, Kansas, Herman Schnieders of Sandusky and Werner Schnieders of Mansfield.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Bernard, a sister Almeda Gabb, and a brother Phillip Dinsmore.
Friends may call Friday May 23, 2003 from 4-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Mary Schneider will be held Saturday at 2 pm in Marion Avenue Grace Brethren Church, 531 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, with The Revs. Gene Witzky and Les Vnasdale officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.