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Bernhard Joseph Schroeder

Born: Sun., Sep. 7, 1947
Died: Tue., Apr. 16, 2019


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Bernhardt Schroeder passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the Heritage Inn Memory Care facility in Charlottesville, after a valiant fight with dementia and PTSD. He was born in Manhattan, New York to the late Frank and Margaret Schroeder in 1947. He attended High School of Music and Arts, the Manhattan Conservatory of Music, and the Gilbert School for Organ. Bernie was an accomplished pianist and organist and served as music director and organist at many churches in New York City and Long Island as well as the United Church of Christ in Sherburne, New York and the Franktown United Methodist Church on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He was the keyboard player in several Rock and Roll bands in his teens but he loved music of all genres, his favorite being Jazz. Bernie worked as a Physical Therapy Aide at Community Memorial Hospital, a Clinical Engineer at Shore Memorial Hospital on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and a Clinical Engineer at the University of Virginia Medical Center until his retirement in 2012. He would often be heard playing the Grand Piano in the lobby of University Hospital on his lunch break. He served his country in the U.S. Air force and was a Vietnam Veteran stationed at Cam Rahn Bay as a Master Sergeant and Chief Cargo Load Master. Survivors include his devoted wife, Jeannette; and a stepdaughter, Cassie Trontoski. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an estranged brother, Frank Schroeder. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Heritage Inn and Legacy Hospice who cared for Bernie during his transition with care and compassion, allowing him to be in comfort and with dignity. In honoring his wishes, Bernie was cremated and there will be no services or calling hours.

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David Hibbitts
   Posted Sat April 20, 2019
Working with Bernie at UVA was always a good thing. We always tried to have some fun even if the job was a pain at times. He is one person who had a most interesting life , the stories he would tell , hitch hiking , living in NY city, sharing our military times , just to name a few. Sorry I lost touch with him after I retired and wish we could have reconnected . Bernie was a great and talented man and I'm glad to have known him. Dave

Mike and Patsy Ellis
   Posted Wed April 24, 2019
Rest in Heaven Bernie

Patricia Stith
   Posted Fri April 26, 2019
So sorry to learn of Bernie's death - he was delightful - I enjoyed talking with him when we both worked at the hospital and he was a gift to Franktown church as the organist.
He played at our daughter's wedding and musically ushered the couple out with the Beatles' 'When I'm Sixty-Four. Rest in peace - our sympathy and prayers for the family

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