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William Paul "Bill" Schneider

Born: Tue., Apr. 9, 1918
Died: Wed., Oct. 7, 2015


6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Sat., Oct. 10, 2015
Location: Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sun., Oct. 11, 2015
Location: Scottsville United Methodist Church

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William P. Schneider


     William Paul “Bill” Schneider, 97, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at his residence at Our Lady of Peace in Charlottesville, Virginia.

     Bill was born in 1918 in the Bronx, New York, the only child of the late William Schneider and Anna Cirofici Schneider.

     He attended Evander Childs High School in the Bronx and worked for Consolidated Edison prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army early in 1941. When war broke out, he served as a mechanic in the 760th Tank Battalion in campaigns in North Africa and Italy. He met his bride-to-be, Lina (Bobbie) while in basic training in Georgia, and their correspondence throughout the war sustained them both. They married shortly after the war at his home church, St. Luke's Methodist Church in Woodlawn, the Bronx.

     Following the war, Bill found employment at The Woodlawn Cemetery as an auto mechanic, and spent the next 37 years there in several capacities, ultimately rising to the position of cemetery General Manager. He served for a number of years as the president of the New York Metropolitan Cemetery Association. He and Bobbie made their first home together in Woodlawn, where sons Fred and Jim were born. When the family moved to nearby Yonkers, New York, Bill served as Cubmaster in the local Cub Scouts troop and continued to be active at St. Luke's.

     After his retirement from Woodlawn in 1982, he and Bobbie moved to Scottsville, Virginia, where they participated in many local activities. They were both members of Scottsville United Methodist Church, with Bill also serving in the Scottsville Lion's Club, the Scottsville Rescue Squad, and the Horseshoe Bend Players. He helped build and on several occasions crew a Scottsville batteau, the Edward Scott, in the James River Batteau Festival. In 2012, Bill moved to Our Lady of Peace, where he continued to enjoy community activities.

     Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Lina Louise Schneider. He is survived by his two sons, Frederick W. Schneider and his wife, Irene Dorrier, of Charlottesville, and James R. Schneider and his partner, Edward Strickler, of Scottsville; his granddaughter, Lina B. Schneider, of State College, Pennsylvania; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at Scottsville United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Bruce Lugn officiating. Burial will follow at the Scottsville Cemetery.

     The family will receive friends at Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home on Saturday evening, October 10, 2015 from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m.

     The family request that in lieu of flowers, consideration be made of a contribution to The Scottsville Rescue Squad or The Scottsville United Methodist Church.

     Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com.

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John Bowers
   Posted Fri October 09, 2015
Bill was such an involved and hard working volunteer. Whether it was the Edward Scott Batteau, Canal Basin Square, the Lions Club, or the Rescue Squad. You could always count on Bill to be there and pitch in with his knowledge and elbow grease. I'll never forget the fascinating program he gave one evening at the Lions Club about his time at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Bill and I also had some interesting conversations about his experiences as a tank mechanic in WWII which I, as a Army veteran, enjoyed very much.
Thank you and RIP, Bill. You were a good man!

Pat Henry
   Posted Sat October 10, 2015
Jim and Fred,

May you find comfort in the memories of all you shared with Dad.
Warm thoughts and sympathy are with your family at this time of

Pat and Roger Henry

Terri LeGars and Family
   Posted Sun October 11, 2015
Bill was such a special man. He filled our Nana's heart and holds a special place in ours. May he rest in peace and love and prayers to his family during this journey.

beanie brandt
   Posted Tue October 13, 2015
My deepest condolences on Bills passing. I had the pleasure of getting to know Bill through the rescue squad. He was such a sweet person. And will be truly missed.

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