Founder of OAR Community Service in 1978

Arlington’s Cathy Schnittker passed away last week. Her life was defined, in large part, to her dedication to volunteerism and community. Her impact on Arlington is immeasurable.

As the founder and coordinator of the community service program in 1978, Cathy was instrumental in the development and success of OAR. Her consistent expectation of success fueled staff and clients to exceed expectations regularly. Her steadfast and caring nature touched countless lives and reached thousands of rehabilitated ex-offenders.

Cathy’s commitment to OAR was founded in her deep faith, motivated by her lifelong living out of the principles of her Catholic faith. Cathy founded OAR’s annual Project Christmas Angel 25 years ago, which provides Holiday gifts to the children of inmates at the Arlington County Detention Facility. Gifts are donated, wrapped and sent, in the name of the absent parent — assuring children that they are not forgotten. Project Christmas Angel continues each December at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Arlington.

A mother, grandmother and sister, Cathy will be deeply missed by her family, OAR and the Arlington community.

The funeral service celebrating Cathy’s life will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church, located at 1910 North Randolph Street, Arlington, Virginia, on Monday, November 12 at 10:00 a.m. The wake will be held the day before at Murphy’s Funeral Home, located at 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia, on Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, her children request that a donation be made to Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington, here.