Frank M. Schmitt

Born: Mon., May 8, 1933
Died: Wed., Nov. 21, 2012


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sun., Nov. 25, 2012
Location: Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Nov. 26, 2012
Location: Youngsville Free Methodist Church

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Frank Michael Schmitt, 79, of Abraham Hollow Rd., Pittsfield, passed away, unexpectedly Wednesday November 21, 2012 at Warren General Hospital.
Frank was born on May 8, 1933 in Buffalo NY, a son of the late Frank M. and Grace (McHale) Schmitt, in the Black Rock section, about two blocks from the Erie Canal and the Niagara River. He attended St. Francis Xavier RC Grade School and graduated from McKinley Vocational High School in 1951 (Machine Shop). That same year, Carol Dorothy Churchill moved in next door and they were engaged on her Senior Prom Night 1952. In August of 1952, Frank entered the US Marine Corp for 3 years. Frank and Carol were married on September 10, 1955 at St. Francis Xavier Church. After his discharge from the Marine Corp in 1955, he took advantage of the Korean GI bill and attended Flight School in Buffalo where he later worked as a Flight Instructor and Charter Pilot.
In 1960, Frank was hired by Allegheny Airlines, which eventually became USAir then USAirways. He was based in Cleveland for 6 years and at that time, Donna Jean Schmitt was born on October 31, 1963 and then Michael Glenn was born on July 2, 1966. That year they relocated to Beaver Falls, Pa and Frank was based at the Pittsburgh Airport.
Frank flew many types of aircraft and retired in 1992 after 32 years with the Airline. The 11 years of that time he held the position of Check and Training Pilot. He was also involved in Flight Safety for the airline. At the time he retired, Frank had logged over 23,000 accident and violation free flying hours.
After retirement, they moved to a log home in Pittsfield Township he and Carol owned which was near a camp he had previously owned with Frank Salzer, a former WWII B-17 Bomber Pilot with 32 missions over Germany and was then a FAA Tower Controller at the Erie Airport.
Hunting, fishing and shooting golf were favorite sports. Not to mention more flying as he owned an open cockpit PT-22 and later a T-34 Navy Warbird airplane. Though it was kept mainly at Beaver County Airport, he also spent time at the Brokenstraw Airport.
Frank was a Deputy Sheriff in Beaver County for many years. He is a life member of the Marine Corp League in Warren, the American Legion Post 658 in Youngsville, where he served on the honor guard, AMVets in Sugar Grove and VFW in Florida. He is a member of the Elk and Moose lodges and also a Master Mason in the Stillwater Lodge #547 FA&M in Youngsville, the Consistory at New Castle and the Zem-Zem Shrine Temple in Erie.
Today, both of Frank’s children reside in Florida and work for USAirways. Donna is a Flight Attendant and Michael is a pilot with the airline.
Along with Carol and his children, Frank is survived by his grandchildren Erica Lynn, Brandon Michael and Michael Thomas Schmitt, a younger sister Maralynn Lindstrom and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Kenneth Schmitt and a sister Lorraine Serviss,

Friends and family may call on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 314 North Main St. in Youngsville. Members of the Youngsville Still water Lodge will conduct their funeral ritual at the funeral home at 1:45 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church, 240 E. Main St. in Youngsville with the Rev. Father Brian Reed, officiating. Burial will be in the Warren County Memorial Park. Members of the Youngsville American Legion Honor Guard will be providing full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Toys for Tots or to a charity of choice in Frank’s name. Condolences to the family may be made at

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   Posted Thu November 22, 2012

We can not begin to tell you how sorry we are about Frank's passing. Abraham Hollow will never be the same. He finally gets to be with the other trouble makers (Link, Curly and Nick) up in heaven..they are surely welcoming him with open arms!!

We love you!!

Michele & Scott

Ken, Teri, & Sarah Tracey
   Posted Fri November 23, 2012
Sending thoughts and prayers to you at this time. Wish we could be there.

Sharon Lindstrom
   Posted Fri November 23, 2012
Aunt Carol, Donna and Michael -
I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Frank will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jeanne Stewart
   Posted Fri November 23, 2012
Dear Aunt Carol, Donna, and Mike,
It's hard to believe Uncle Frank is no longer with us. How happy I am that I was able to see him this summer! I will remember and cherish his sense of humor, his email updates, and the hugs he was always ready to give. Please know how much we all are thinking of you and praying that your memories will comfort you.
With much love,
Jeanne, Craig, Jack, and Grace

Delores Palmer
   Posted Sat November 24, 2012

Dear Carol,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Frank was a great man and a great friend. We so enjoyed our times together and all his wonderful stories. He will be greatly missed.
Love, Delores and Roger Palmer

Paul & June Natale
   Posted Sat November 24, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to you. Frank will be greatly missed at the Youngsville American Legion - he went above and beyond as he did in everything in life. The honor guard won''''''''t be the same without him. As a fellow Marine I enjoyed receiving all the e-mails from Frank. Our thoughts and prayers are with out at this sad time.

Lou and Nancy Calleja
   Posted Sun November 25, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to Carol, Donna and Michael. I will miss Frank''''''''s emails and the many beers we had. He was a true friend and a great Marine.

Semper Fi,

Tricia, John (Tiger), Julia and Grace Bucci
   Posted Sun November 25, 2012
Carol and family,

I met Frank and Carol almost 20 years ago, I will never forget the first moment I met Frank. You both became a part of my life almost immediately, like you had always been there. You are both among the most generous and loving people I have ever encountered. I truly consider you my adopted parents and always felt you loved Julie and I as adopted daughters. I love you both very much and know that Frank will always be around us in spirit, it was too strong to die...
Tricia, John, Julia and Grace Bucci

Laural and Stan
   Posted Mon November 26, 2012
We are very sorry to hear about Frank's passing. He was a great person and will be sadly missed by all. Out thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

D. Robin Barker, JVC, Det. 1045, MCL
   Posted Mon November 26, 2012
The U.S. Marines and Navy Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen, and Associate Members, of the Martin County, Florida, based Lance Corporal Justin J. Wilson Detachment 1045, of the Marine Corps League, hereby salute and recognize your efforts put forth during a portion of your lifetime by sacrificing to become a United States Marine. We salute you and honor your memory and valiant service to our Corps, and our Nation. Please accept our heartfelt sentiments as a token of our esteem and admiration of your L’Esprit du Corps. Semper Fidelis!

Capt. Midnight (the name he gave me)
   Posted Mon November 26, 2012
Dear Aunt Carol, Donna and Michael:

My heart goes out to you, the family as well as everyone else who'll miss this great man. I looked up to him not only as an uncle, but as a friend. It's been five days since he departed and I still don't believe he's gone. The only way of dealing with this grief is to tell myself he's now with the family and friends who preceded his passing. Like all good men, he had many friends. What else could one ask for in life? Also, I tell myself he's still with us and will forever be with us. May he rest in peace.

Dan Friel
   Posted Mon November 26, 2012
Dear Carol & family:
Frank was one of my best friends. He was the best instructor the airlines ever had and he was also a legend that will never be broken. We have had several beers together and I value his friendship and I am proud I knew him. Physical problems and transportation will make it impossible for me to attend his funeral, but I will be there in heart. God bless all and pray for a good crop of hops. My best to all.

Janet Spencer
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
So very, very sorry to find this tonight. My deepest sympathy for you and your loved ones

Jim Griffin
   Posted Thu February 25, 2016
Its been over three years since Frank passed, but only recently have heard of his passing. We met in the summer of 1991 at the Beaver County airshow. I still remember the kindness and leadership Frank offered when I was weathered in at the Beaver Falls airshow. He took Bob (my flight instructor) and I in for the night at his home. Later he took me around and showed me his club, they guys, and cabin which I greatly appreciated . And thank you too Donna for everything. Its been many years and I hope you have been well and happy. Jim

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