Martha A. Tracy Schnars

Martha A. Tracy Schnars, 55, of 19 Cobbe Circle, W.E. passed away at 8:20 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18, 2013) in her home surrounded by her loving family.

A lifelong area resident she was born June 15, 1957, in Jamestown, N.Y., a daughter of the late Dr. William J. and Dorothy Nugent Tracy Jr.

Martha was a 1975 graduate of Jamestown High School and a 1994 graduate of Jamestown Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from Buffalo State College in 1997.

She immediately began working as a counselor in the alcohol and substance abuse unit at WCA Hospital. For many years she functioned as a New York state-credentialed alcohol and substance counselor III and still held that position at the time of her passing.

She was a very caring and concerned professional and highly regarded by her peers and the individuals she counseled over the past 16 years. She was truly a unique individual and to know her was to truly love her.

Martha loved her annual vacations to Hutchinson Island, Fla. with Jim. (Thank You Mr. Anderson). She loved the beautiful beaches, many varieties of wildlife, including the mammoth sea turtles which nestled on all of the beaches, and she just loved the peace and tranquility of the island.

Martha had a lifelong love affair with animals and actively supported many of the organizations established to protect and care for them. Her extended family includes Jacko the parrot (35 years), Barney the cat (11 years) and Phoebe the Corgi puppy (four years).

Surviving are her husband, James W. Schnars, whom she married Aug. 4, 2001; a sister, Lance Tracy; a brother, John F. Tracy, her brother-in-law, Bob Bergquist, all of Jamestown; three stepchildren: Lori Schnars (Sterling) Pollaro of Jamestown, Martin Schnars of Jamestown, and Mark Schnars of Charlotte, N.C.; nine stepgrandchildren: Nicole Prinzi of Troy, N.Y., Ryan (Ashley) Prinzi of Jamestown, Tony Pollaro of Titusville, Pa., Shelly Davis of Corry, Pa., Seth and Hanna Schnars, both of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Joshua, Kirsten and Emily Schnars all of Charlotte, N.C.; and one stepgreat-granddaughter, Lexi Prinzi.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Tracy Bergquist, and a brother, William Tracy.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Steve Kilburn of the Zion Covenant Church will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Tranquility Columbarium at Sunset Hill Cemetery.

Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Pick of the Litter, 1805 East Elmwood Ave. Falconer, NY 14733 or to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701, Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750, St. Susan Center, P.O. Box 1276, Jamestown, NY 14702 or to the WCA Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 214, Jamestown, NY 14702.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Martha at www.lindfuneralhome.com.