MANSFIELD — Werner L. Schnieders, 77, of Mansfield, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at MedCentral Mansfield.
Born April 19, 1934, in Andrup, Germany, he was the son of Hermann and Rosa (Honigfort) Schnieders. Werner worked at the Ohio State Reformatory and retired from MANCI. Werner was a good man with a great sense of humor. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Council 4448 and Sons of Herman. Werner was a servant to the community — he was a Red Cross blood donor, taught Red Cross swimming for many years, taught kids to drive and was a grandfather figure to many neighborhood children. He enjoyed following the Cleveland Indians and The Ohio State football teams. Werner was very kind and generous to everyone he met and was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Ingeborg (Knopp) Schnieders, whom he married Feb. 12, 1955; a son, Rudolf Schnieders of Ashland; four daughters, Rosemarie (Charles) Elrod of Mansfield, Ursula (Jeffrey) Hunter of Fredericktown, Karen Yockey of Toledo and Christa (David) Puterbaugh of Toledo; grandchildren, Andrew (Rebecca) Elrod, Audrey Elrod, Lynn (Joshua) Leist, Lori (Jeremy) Hysell, Christopher and Anna Yockey, Nicholas and Aaron Puterbaugh, Justin Hunter and Anthony (Emily) Hunter; great-grandchildren, Katelynn and Jacob Leist, Hadley Shuck, A.J. Elrod, Alex Milligan and Laken Hunter; three brothers, Herman (Margaret) Schnieders of Berlin Heights, Ohio, and Franz Schnieders and Hubert (Marianne) Schnieders, all of Germany; and a sister, Maria Berns of Germany.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Heinrich Schnieders; and an infant sister, Hildegard.
Friends may call Wednesday, June 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield, where vigil services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church by the Rev. Father Nelson Beaver. Burial will be in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society. Online guest registry at http://www.wappner.com.