Sarah H. Welker Schneider

Sarah H. Welker Schneider, 94, of Trucksville passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at her home.

Born March 23, 1918, in Philadelphia, Sarah was the daughter of the late Edwin S. and Sarah L. Donnelly Hart.

Sarah lived a remarkable life that began during World War I. Having been raised in Philadelphia, she was a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, Class of 1936, and Temple University, Class of 1940, earning a degree in early childhood education.

In 1942 she moved to San Francisco and married her first husband, Jarvis Belvin, of Brownwood, Texas, who was lost at sea following the Battle of Samar in the Philippines, leaving his widowed wife with their one daughter, Betsey.

In 1948, having been introduced by mutual friends to John Welker of Kingston, she moved back to Pennsylvania and she and John were married in Philadelphia, September 1948. They had two children, John and Jane. Sarah was widowed a second time in September 1960 when John died suddenly at age 46 from war-related issues.

In September 1961, Sarah returned to the classroom, teaching fifth and sixth grades in Dallas. She earned her Master's degree in Education in curriculum from Wilkes College in 1972 and was a skilled master teacher for many student teachers from Wilkes as well as a dedicated and well-respected teacher in the Dallas School District for many years, touching the lives of many.

Sarah retired in 1983 to travel and engage in many volunteer activities. She married Joseph Schneider of Dallas in December 1987 and was widowed for the third time when Joe died July 31, 2001.

A longtime resident of Trucksville and a lifelong Episcopalian, Sarah was always active in Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, Dallas, of which she was a founding member.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents and husbands, were her brother, Edwin Hart, and her daughter Betsey's husband, Harris Snoparsky.

Surviving are her children, Betsey Belvin, Vermont; John Welker and wife, Debbie, Illinois; and Jane Rogers and husband, Alan, Virginia. She was the proud grandmother of five grandchildren, Amy Lucas, Jonathan Welker, April Snoparsky, Alan Rogers and Sarah Rogers. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 420 Main St., Dallas, at a date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 420 Main St., Dallas, PA 18612.

Sarah's family wish to express their deep gratitude to their mother's long-term caregiver, Helen Scintilla, as well as the nurses of Bayada and Caregivers.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Feb. 27, 2013