Paul Lawrence Weingartner

February 28, 1951 ‒ October 15, 2007

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Paul Lawrence Weingartner, 56, of Morrison Avenue, Mansfield, died Monday evening October 15, 2007 in the emergency room of MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a heart attack.

He was born February 28, 1951 in Mansfield, and was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1969. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1973 from The Ohio State University, and completed work on his Master’s degree in School Psychology in 1975 from Columbia University in New York City.

For the past 33 years, Paul had worked as a school psychologist with Bucyrus City Schools. He had operated Weingartner Center for Education Excellence for more than 25 years in Mansfield.

Paul was a member of Ohio School Psychology Association, and served on the Ohio Board of Psychology. He wrote numerous papers on psychology and education, and his book “ADHD Handbook for Families” was published by Child Welfare League, as a guide for communicating with professionals.

A member of Apostolic Christian Church, Paul taught Sunday school and Bible Class, and served on the Sunday school board. Paul’s wisdom and counsel was often sought throughout the local church and North American Apostolic Churches.

He served on an advisory committee to the National Elder Body for Apostolic Churches, for nearly 20 years served as editor of “Christian Friendship Messenger” the international newsletter of the Apostolic Christian Churches, for four years served as director of Eastern Camp, and served on the building committee for the Apostolic Fellowship Hall.

Paul’s novel “The Conversion of Rudy” chronicles a young seeker coming to a saving knowledge of the Lord through interaction with the church. He further wrote the church counseling manual and assisted in writing the church elder’s procedural handbook.

Described as both an “encourager” and a “worker,” Paul had the clear vision and leadership abilities to be decisive…even when the waters got muddy. He boldly stood for truth ~ at the risk of comfort or reputation. Paul was uncompromising in his spiritual integrity.

He held a deep passion for serving the Lord, serving on committees and loving his church family.

A fierce competitor on the tennis court or ski slope, Paul was active and involved in his sons’ lives. He had a wonderful dry sense of humor and one-liners (I can tolerate anything but discomfort!) that would make you stop and smile.

A loving husband, and great father, his greatest wish fulfilled, was that his children would become believers in Christ Jesus.

He is survived by his wife Adele (Mueller) Weingartner, whom he married February 23, 1974; their sons and daughters-in-law Eric and Sharon Weingartner of Mansfield, Nicholas and Stephanie Weingartner of Lomita, California, and Ryan and Jennifer Weingartner of Columbus; grandchildren Olivia, Owen, Dylan, Sierra and Tyler; his mother Joan (Linkhart) Weingartner of Mansfield; a brother Chris Weingartner and Nikki Hensley of Burgoon; aunt Esther Sheperson of Mansfield; his mother-in-law Katharina Mueller of Mansfield; a large extended family and circle of friends, and a host of brothers and sisters in Christ.

His father Christian Weingartner preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends Friday, October 19, 2007 from 2-4 and 6-9 PM in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The worship service, giving glory to God, and thanksgiving for the life of Paul Weingartner will be held Saturday at 10:30 AM in Apostolic Christian Church, 1332 Middle Bellville Road. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Apostolic Christian Church may be made at the funeral home.