Francis R. Schneider


SOUTH PYMATUMING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Francis R. “Dink” Schneider, 91, of South Pymatuning Township, Pa., passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning Oct. 18, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Schneider was born June 16, 1925, in Sharon, Pa., a son of George and Margaret Boos Schneider. A lifelong area resident, he was a graduate of the former St. Joseph School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married the former Dorothy “Dot” J. Mausser on Sept. 1, 1947, at the former St. Joseph Church in Sharon and enjoyed 68 years of marriage before her passing on April 21 of this year.

Dink was a well-known meat cutter throughout the region and worked for many establishments, including the Farrell Golden Dawn from which he retired. He and his wife previously owned the former Schneider’s Golden Dawn at the corner of Smith Avenue and Griswold Street in Sharon and later the Kinsman, Ohio Golden Dawn. He was a member of St. Bartholomew Church, Sharpsville, and a former member of St. Joseph Church and St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, both in Sharon. Dink and Dot loved to golf and looked forward to golfing in Florida with friends. A scratch golfer in his prime, Dink was one of the top amateurs in the area, during the late 1950s and 1960s, and had three holes-in-one during his lifetime. He was also an avid fisherman and, along with his wife, enjoyed many annual fishing vacations to Canada during the summer months.

Surviving are 13 children, Mike (Cindy) Schneider of Cortland, Paul (Kay) Schneider of Kinsman, Fred (Syd) Schneider of Cody, Wyo., Tim Schneider (companion, Debe Tarkenton) of Bessemer, Pa.; Joe (Debbie) Schneider of Dickinson, N.D., Andy (Trisha) Schneider of Houston, Margie (John) Bougher of Clark, Pa., Dave (Lois) Schneider of Brookfield, Steve (Mary Beth) Schneider of Cumming, Ga., Jane (Ron) Moose of New Castle, Pa.; Dot (Dan) Cerroni of Sharon, Pa.; Fran (Bob) Wilson, also of Sharon, and Mark (Denna) Schneider of Vienna; 33 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He also leaves a sister-in-law, Rita Schneider of Camden, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, Dink was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Catherine Pierson; and four brothers, Wilbur, Robert, Edward and Paul Schneider.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Willow Women’s Center, P.O. Box 145, 1291 Rutledge Road, Transfer, PA 16154.

Calling hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. A funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at St. Bartholomew Church, Sharpsville, with the Rev. Matthew J. Strickenberger, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Rose Cemetery in Hermitage, with military honors rendered by the West Middlesex VFW, Wheatland American Legion and Farrell VFW Honor Guard.

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