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Homemaker accrued 1,500 hours volunteering at Latrobe Area Hospital

Stephen Huba
| Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
Melvina A. Schmidbauer, of Latrobe, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was 79.
Melvina A. Schmidbauer, of Latrobe, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was 79.

Melvina Schmidbauer lived her life putting other people first, down to the last detail.

When her daughters were in a baton corps, she saw to it that their uniforms glittered with rhinestones.

“She punched on all the rhinestones by hand. She used to say, ‘There's over a thousand rhinestones on this costume,' ” her daughter Cindy Dorazio said.

“She went to all our competitions, helped make our costumes, went to all the parents' meetings.”

She accompanied Cindy to baton twirling competitions at the University of Notre Dame and in other states. “That was a big part of our growing up,” her daughter Linda Bowman said.

Melvina A. Schmidbauer, of Latrobe, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was 79.

Born in Parkersburg, W.Va., on May 24, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Melvin C. and Virginia E. (Biles) Province.

She was a homemaker whose pastimes included square dancing, bowling, shopping, dog training and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

When her children were still at home, she volunteered at Latrobe Area Hospital, accumulating more than 1,500 hours of volunteer time.

“She worked there in many different aspects,” Bowman said.

Mrs. Schmidbauer got involved in dog obedience with her cocker spaniel, Macie, and won various titles at AKC competitions.

She loved to shop but didn't buy things only for herself.

“She was always buying stuff for other people,” Dorazio said. “Her love extended beyond her grandkids and great-grandchildren to the people around her.”

“She was very family-oriented. She loved having family get-togethers on the weekends,” Bowman said. “That was her motivation behind everything.”

Mrs. Schmidbauer and her husband of 56 years, Ted, enjoyed square dancing and traveling to overnight dancing events in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. They also went on Caribbean cruises and vacations in the Outer Banks.

She is survived by her husband, Edward “Ted” M. Schmidbauer; two daughters, Cindy S. Dorazio and husband, Dennis, and Linda A. Bowman and husband, Chuck; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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