Obituary for Mark Schindewolf
Mark Andrew Schindewolf, of Copley, Ohio, left us on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the young age of 64. Mark was born on December 5, 1952 in Akron, Ohio to Ruth M. (Schindewolf) Mehl (née Gerber) and Richard F. Schindewolf. He attended Archbishop Hoban High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kent State, and earned a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Akron.
He went on to work in higher education and in the private sector, but Mark’s true passion was to positively impact his community. He worked at Sagamore Hills Children’s Psychiatric Hospital, served as a water safety instructor and coordinator for the “Learn to Swim” program for 20 years, worked for the State of Ohio Census Bureau, and served as the former president of his Wedgewood community.
The ever educator, Mark taught bartending at the University of Akron and served as a presenter for many years at an annual student conference at Case Western Reserve University, where he educated undergraduate students about the appropriate use of alcohol. He also co-founded Syndicated Spirits, where he wore one of his best hats as bartender and mixologist.
By his own words, Mark was a jack of all trades, master of none, but his most influential role was as beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, coach, and confidant. Mark epitomized the best in people; he was a loving, giving, and kind man who had the most radiating personality. Simply stated, people just wanted to be around him. He was the man who brightened up anyone’s day and could make a room full of strangers feel as if they had known each other all of their lives. He had the uncanny ability to make people feel good about themselves, and he always went out of his way for others.
Mark married the love of his life, Sue Nickel-Schindewolf, in 1987, and together they had two sons, Stewart Tyler and Andrew Mark. Mark and Sue built a home where everyone was welcome, where everyone felt safe, and where everyone always wanted to be. Their parties were legendary with Mark wheeling and dealing his signature cocktails behind the basement bar.
Mark was the quintessential funny man, a volcano of one-liners, and an encyclopedia of history, political facts, and seemingly meaningless information that you never knew you cared about until Mark brought it to your attention. Mark was never afraid to show his sensitive and compassionate side; he was generous with his bear hugs and never forgot to tell you that he loved you. Above all, Mark loved his sons, and the best qualities that made Mark so special were instilled in them.
Mark was a distinguished member of The B.A.S.S., a group of lifelong best friends founded in 1978 by Al Bolas, Gary Aleman, Al Sabo, and Mark Schindewolf. The group later added another “A” and “S” in Jerry Andes and Vince Santoferraro. This group of brothers did everything together from fishing, drinking, ski marathons, and infamous trips south to Loudonville, Ohio.
Mark is survived by his wife, Sue Nickel-Schindewolf, his sons, Stewart Tyler and Andrew Mark, his beloved dogs, Daisy & Cleopatra, his brother, Tom Schindewolf, his in-laws, Chuck & Elizabeth Nickel and Tom & Debbie Jenks, countless nieces and nephews, including Lynn Futch, Anne Marie Schindewolf, Michael Schindewolf, Allyson & Derek Dettman, Courtney & Austin Opalich, Taylor Nickel, Stephanie Jenks, and Emily Nickel, as well as aunts and uncles, his stepmother, Carol Schindewolf, step-siblings, and countless other young people, many of whom saw Mark as a mentor and second father.
Words are insufficient to describe what an impact Mark has made on so many, and the void of his absence will be impossible to fill. His memory will live on in everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Mark, and there will never be a shortage of laughs and jokes remembering the man who meant so much to so many. We all love you.
A Celebration of Life will be held for friends and family at the Schindewolf home on Friday, July 7th from 6 to 10 p.m.
To honor Mark’s memory, contributions may be made to Alchemy, Inc. by visiting www.alchemyinc.net.