S. Fay "Snooky" Schmitt

11/30/1929 - 08/18/2021


Obituary For S. Fay "Snooky" Schmitt

S. Fay “Snooky” Schmitt
Nov. 30, 1929-Aug. 18, 2021

S. Fay “Snooky” Schmitt, 91, of Savannah, Georgia, formerly of Altoona then Duncansville, passed away Wednesday evening at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Savannah GA, with whom she resided for the past 3 ½ years.
She was born in Altoona, the daughter of the late Isaac and Alice (Kolb) Saltzman. Snooky married Irving Schmitt on Aug. 16, 1953. He preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 1994.
Snooky is survived by daughter Alice. S. (Walter) Dasher of Savannah, GA; son, David W. (Robin) Schmitt of Birmingham, AL; two grandchildren: Margaret (Will) McCoy and Kelsey Schmitt; two great grandsons, Jackson and Robert; a new great-granddaughter, Blake; and her brother, Harold Saltzman.
She was a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and retired as a Remedial Reading Specialist from the Altoona Area School District.
She was renowned far beyond Altoona for her fabulous food. Her successful catering business was quite the force just as she was. Many of her timeless, delicious recipes (like her famous chopped liver) are still shared in cookbooks and cooking blogs to this day.
Snooky was a member of Agudath Achim Congregation. She actively served on the board and was extremely involved with The Altoona Community Theater, producing an amazing number of unforgettable musicals. Many remember her excitement before big shows while taking tickets at the Mishler Theatre’s box office. She was a board member of the Friends of the Altoona Library, an energetic helper at The Soup Kitchen, and served on numerous other boards and organizations. For Snooky, no one was a stranger and, of course, no one would go hungry in her presence.
Friends will be received from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at The Stevens Mortuary, Inc., 1421 8th Ave., Altoona, Pa. 16602. The family kindly requests that masks are worn for the visitation. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be held at Mt. Sinai Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Snooky’s companions from Comfort Keepers who helped keep her cheerful and happy every step of the way. In the traditional Southern way, they all referred to her as Miss Snooky, which always made her smile.
Condolences may be made at or Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 5th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602 or the Blair County Arts Foundation, 1207, 12th Avenue Altoona, PA 16601.

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  • Snooky and my mom Cookie we're good friends. She made the best cheesecake and she will be missed by many of those she touched over her lifetime. My sympathies to her family...Dave

  • Thoughts of Snookie will always brings a smile. While her food was extraordinary, she "fed" our hearts with love. You helped so many get through so much! xoxo

  • Altoona will never see the likes of Snooky again. Rest in peace dear lady. Working for you was a gift. Fred Stowell

  • Rest in Peace my friend. I will always remember you with a smile. You were a gift to all who knew you.

  • Fay was a caring teacher. She was dedicated to doing her best for them. She was a kind, thoughtful person. She spread happiness among her colleagues and was respected by all. With sympathy.

  • You have my sincere sympathies. I have such wonderful memories of Fay when I worked with in the Altoona School district Reading program. Fay was one of the first people to offer me advice as I began my teaching career in Altoona. She was a wonderful mentor and colleague! I know she has left wonderful memories with so many people. Sincerely, Gloria Banks

  • Snooky will always have a fond spot in our stomachs 😀 She was a major memory to many many synagogue simphas over the years. We remember how Snooky worked though a major snowstorm to cater our Dec 25 1969 wedding - we still don't know how she was able to do everything. Her enthusiasm and kindness will be a lasting memory. Snooky was a treasure to the entire community and her memory is a blessing to us all.

  • The name Fay Schmitt echoes in my memory. I knew Fay from her work at AASD. She was a feisty lady who knew her profession so well. It was my pleasure to work with her.

  • I will miss your smile and funny jokes Heaven gained another angel. My condolences to everyone in your family.

  • Ahh, the memories! What a wonderful gift we are given. You and my mom made a good team catering together. I still use the recipe book, Palate Pleasures, that my mom gave to me in 1988. She marked all the "good ones". I will never forget your close friendship with her, the distinct sound of your voice saying my name when you said "hello", teaching me where to hold my tongue to get rid of my lisp, and hearing you talk about the love you had for your husband, Irv, when you spoke about him. I am sure there is a wonderful gathering in heaven going on, with great food, a long list of friends and a lot of reminiscing. You were an amazing woman. Prayers to your family who will miss you deeply.

  • I know you will fly high and shine bright Miss Snooky💔 My Condolences to all the Family.

  • The photo I uploaded of Snooky (with a grandchild apparently) is my favorite photo of those that happened my way. It's the way she looked for so many years and is the way I want to remember her. Rest in peace Snooky. Mark Goldberg

  • RIP Dear Snooky. You were larger than life, one of a kind, inimitable, and irreplaceable. Love always, Kathy Goldberg

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Joseph J. Stevens III

Matthew J. McConville

Christopher J. Feathers

David J. Mason