Setsuko (Katy) Takamatsu Schneider, Age: 92
Mar 4, 1926 -- Jan 9, 2019

Setsuko (Katy) Schneider, Olathe, KS, beloved wife, mother and grandmother died on January 9, 2019 at Overland Park Regional Hospital of a heart attack.   She was born in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan on March 4, 1926. In 1946, Katy first met her husband, Joseph (Joe) P Schneider, at the end of WWII. Joe returned to the US shortly after they met. She did not see or have contact with him until 1953 when he was sent to Tokyo to recover from a severe leg wound he received in the Korean War. He saved her business card from 1946 and was surprised that she still worked at the same place and was still not married.  They were married July 2, 1953 in Tokyo, Japan.  On November 11, 1953 they departed Yokohama, Japan on USNS John O’Hara arriving in Seattle. WA on November 25, 1953 and relocated to Joe’s hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Katy proudly became a US citizen on February 19, 1960.

Many may remember her as the head waitress at Pittsburgh’s popular restaurant The Samauri in Greentree, PA. She worked at The Samauri from the opening in October 1971 until her retirement in April 1993. She lived in Pittsburgh until 1993 when she moved to Olathe, KS to be closer to her son and his family. She especially enjoyed being part of her grandson’s lives and activities. She attended all of their athletic events and school activities.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, parents Midori and Chiyo Takamatsu and sister Teruko Katayama.  Katy is survived by son Joseph Schneider, daughter-in-law Shelley Schneider of Olathe, KS, grandson Matt Schneider and his wife Aubrianna (Quinn) Schneider of Overland Park, KS, grandson Mike Schneider of Olathe, KS, and niece Susann Schneider of Bellview, PA.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to Evergreen Community of Johnson County, Olathe, KS or the American Heart Association.

A celebration of life will held at a later date.


Za and Dan Beyer Jan 14 ,2019

Former neighbor ,Robinson Township ,Pennsylvania

Dear Joey , Za and I were very surprised to see your mom's obituary in the Post-Gazette. We were just talking about her a few days before with Sherry and Doug Shaw. She was a very nice lady and a good neighbor beginning when your and our homes were the only houses here on Magnus Lane. Your family moved in two days before we did. We still live in the same house across the street from yours 51 years later. We missed her, and always had fond memories of her time in Pittsburgh. You have our deepest sympathy on her passing. We will say some prayers for her.