OBIT: Jamie C. Schneider (Kittanning)

Jamie Schneider

Jamie C. Schneider of Kittanning, the author of “Who will Make the Pies When I’m Gone?,” passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Jamie’s book is a memoir of her journey and a “no sugar added” discussion of the dark side of cancer.

Prior to becoming an author, Jamie dedicated 20 years of her life to serving as a drug and alcohol counselor at ARC Manor in Kittanning, where she impacted many lives.

After retirement, Jamie began baking pies, breads and her famous cinnamon rolls, as well as making jams and jellies, to sell at the Kittanning Farmers Market. When she was diagnosed with cancer, Jamie redefined her life through writing.

Jamie wished to be spared nothing that properly belongs to a life span, and she relished every experience – even in sickness.

Given her love of life, it was only natural that gardening became a passion for Jamie. Seeing new plant life each spring was one of Jamie’s greatest joys.

Jamie is survived by her husband, Bill – whom she would have celebrated her 35th anniversary with on May 6. She is also survived by two sons: Marc Schneider with wife, Nikki (Germy) Schneider and daughter Molly Elizabeth Schneider, and Patrick Schneider with wife, Carrie (Bellas) Schneider; eight brothers and sisters: Jerome Bentley of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Janice Hall of Pittburgh, Judson Bentley of Ford Lauderdale, Fla. Jeffrey Bentley, Joseph Bentley, Joan (Bentley) Reid, Therese (Bentley) Peterson, and Michelle Bentley – all of Pittsburgh; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

The family received friends yesterday – Sunday, April 28, 2013 – from 6-8PM, but will also from 4-8PM tonight – Monday, April 29, 2013 at the Snyder-Crissman Funeral Home in Kittanning.

In lieu of sending flowers, Jamie requested friends plant flowers of your own and enjoy the feeling of earth between your fingers.

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