Carol J. (Schlesselman) Schnittker, 86, of Sandusky passed away peacefully Friday, August 11, 2023, in the Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky.
She was born October 21, 1936, on Kelleys Island to Oliver and Jeanne (Reinheimer) Schlesselman. Carol was a graduate of Kelleys Island (Estes) School, class of 1954. She worked for the U.S. Navy Department in Washington, D.C., the former Sandusky Cabinets, and Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky. She was a member and dedicated organist for the former Columbus Avenue United Methodist Church, now known as Christ Community Church and was formerly a member and organist of Kelleys Island Zion United Methodist Church. Carol was a respected organist for seventy years, substituting for many local churches and accompanying the Kelleys Island singers for many years. She was also a member of the Kelleys Island Historical Society, and the Kelleys Island Landowners Association.
She is survived by three sons, Paul (Jan) Schnittker of Berlin Heights, Dale (Lana) Schnittker of Sandusky, and Ron (Barbara) Schnittker of Kelleys Island; ten grandchildren, Ryan (Erin) Schnittker, Michael (Rebecca) Schnittker, Brandon (Nicole) Schnittker, Kelly (Thomas) Sims, Nicholas (Lindsay) Schnittker, Tara (Derek) Tieche, Tracy (Seth) Link, Seth Schnittker, Olivia Schnittker, and Octavia Schnittker, ; nineteen great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Harry Enlow of Vermilion; sister-in-law, Sonya Schlesselman of Port St. Lucia, FL; several cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2015, Robert Schnittker, whom she married on September 24, 1955, at the Kelleys Island Zion United Methodist Church; her parents, siblings, Miriam (William) Haynes, Ardith Enlow, and O. Henry Schlesselman; maternal grandparents, Frank and Ida Reinheimer; paternal grandparents, Henry and Bertha Schlesselman; several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Friends may call from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, August 18, 2023, at the Christ Community Church, formerly known as Columbus Avenue United Methodist Church, 2401 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio 44870. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm Sunday, August 20, 2023, in the Christ Community Church. Pastor Erin Porter will officiate. A private family committal service will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Community Church, Kelleys Island Zion United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 445, Kelleys Island, Ohio 43438, or the donor’s favorite charity.
Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky has been entrusted with arrangements.
Condolences may be shared with the family at pfeilfuneralhome.com.
Christ Community Church (Columbus Ave. United Methodist Church)
2401 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky OH 44870
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P.O. Box 445, Kelleys Island OH 43438
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