Faith Marie Schafnitz

Faith Marie Schafnitz

August 10, 1947 - September 14, 2014

Faith Marie Schafnitz

August 10, 1947 - September 14, 2014


Faith (Cunningham) Schafnitz
August 10, 1947 – September 14, 2014

Faith Schafnitz, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away suddenly at her home in Irvine, California on Sunday, September 14, 2014. She was 67 years old.

Born in Cook County, Illinois, Faith moved to California in 1952. She graduated from Whittier High School in 1965. Faith raised her two children in Fullerton, CA where she owned and operated a successful beauty supply business and nail salon for over a decade. She then spent several years living in Lake Havasu before returning to Orange County, where she spent the remainder of her years. Those who knew Faith would describe her as hard-working, loving, caring, witty, and fiercely devoted to her children. She enjoyed playing golf during her years in Lake Havasu, and couldn’t be happier than she was during a game of cards or Dominoes with her family and friends. Faith was a proud Grandma and looked forward to the time she got to spend with her grandchildren.

Faith is survived by her son Matthew Schafnitz, son Robert Schafnitz and his wife Amy, her grandchildren Noah, Aisley, and Gavin Schafnitz, her brother Charles “Chick” Cunningham, and niece Kristin Cunningham. She was predeceased by her parents Charles and Lucille Cunningham.

A memorial service in Faith’s honor will be held at O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway in Laguna Hills on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Immediately following, refreshments will be served at the home of Robert and Amy Schafnitz in Irvine, CA. The interment will take place at El Toro Memorial Park, 25751 Trabuco Road in Lake Forest at 1:30 PM. Floral donations can be sent to O’Connor Mortuary. Monetary donations may be made to Orange County Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or your favorite charity in memory of Faith.

If you are planning to attend, we understand that this may take away from your usual midweek daily schedules. Feel free to participate in relaxed dress code.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the name of Faith Schafnitz to Children’s Hospital of Orange County. The online donation page may be found at The first page requires the donor info, the next page is where the dedication info is located. Thank you.

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4 responses to Faith Marie Schafnitz

  1. Pat Sche says:

    Dear family of Faith,

    I am so saddened about Faith’s passing. She was such a part of our lives while she lived in Lk.Havasu. I met Faith in 1992 at London Bridge Racquet & Fitness. Most of my real friends were met there, Faith being one of them. We progressed to golfing together (sort of) then on to going to movies and playing cards and just hanging out.

    Faih, I look forward to seeing you in Eternity, and what is that you have found there for us gal friends to do together.


    Pat Scheel

  2. Brad Stetson says:

    Dear Amy, Robert, Matt and Family: Please accept all my sympathies and condolences on the sudden passing of your much, much loved mother and mother in law. She was clearly loved by a great many people, and a treasured friend. I know she was a grandmother, too. You must be so proud of all that she accomplished in her life. May God’s peace and mercy be with you now and in the times to come.
    Chaplain Brad Stetson

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  4. We met Faith at the London Bridge health spa in 1992, we were laying on the floor and I said are those basket balls? We became instant friends.

    Faith and I started taking golf lessons together and became best buds! We were on the women’s groups together. We were always the 1st to tee off! We had so much fun playing in tournaments.

    She was a part of our family, they all loved her. She was at any of our birthday holiday or parties. They send their sympathy also.

    On her 50th birthday we all wore black that is why I always called her Black Bart!

    Every week we go shopping, lunch and a show.

    We started the 3-13 card group and it grew. We played train to Mexico all the time until we could hardly hold our eyes open.

    When I let my hair go grey she she where is Red! So Red is back! She always called me that!

    When we come to visit her when she moved to California we always got In-N-Out and played cards and Train.

    We will miss her so much we had planned a to visit her in August but it didn’t work out, wished we had!

    She talked about her boys and the flowers they would send her, when they came to Lake Havasu she would make them their favorite cakes.

    She was so proud of her grandkids and was looking forward to having them in October.

    It is hard to say good-bye but your our in our prayers, thoughts and hearts forever!

    You will be missed Bud, Barb & Holly

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