Laconia William F. Schneider, 94, of 21 Ledges Drive, died at the Congregate Living Center, Taylor Community, on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at 10:30 AM.
Born in New Brunswick, NJ, September 5, 1909, the son of George F. and Mary Schlosser Schneider, Mr. Schneider led a life dedicated to family, friends and community.
A graduate of Rider University’s Class of 1930, Mr. Schneider used his education throughout his career as a civic leader, business owner and business administrator. He first made his mark in New Brunswick, NJ, when, after marrying Dorothy Miller in 1939, he opened The Men’s Shop, a haberdashery, which he operated for 18 years. During this time, among his civic contributions, he served as Civil Defense District Leader during WWII, Director of the YMCA and its HI-Y youth program, President of the New Brunswick Kiwanis Club, President of the Building and Loan; he served on the Board of Directors of New Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and Red Cross. He was also a Boy Scout troop leader and Sunday school teacher at both the Highland Park Reformed and the Pitman Methodist churches. He received many awards for these civic contributions.
Mr. Schneider and his family moved to Wolfeboro, NH in 1957, where again, he was a respected leader in his community as well as a business owner; he and his family owned and operated Keewaydin Cottages on Lake Winnipesaukee for ten years. From 1966 to 1974, he served as Governor Wentworth Regional School District’s Business Administrator. In retirement, Mr. Schneider’s civic contributions continued. An avid gardener, he volunteered his time and energy to creating and maintaining beautiful gardens at both Huggins Hospital and Carpenter Elementary School for many years. He was a supporter of Huggins Hospital’s annual street fair, coordinating both the garden and baking booths for many years; he helped to raise a great deal of money through these efforts. He was also an active member of the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro.
While in Laconia, for the last 8 years, Mr. Schneider volunteered at the Taylor Home, and was a member of the Laconia Congregational Church.
Survivors of Mr. Schneider include his beloved wife of nearly 65 years, Dorothy Miller Schneider, of Laconia, NH; two daughters, Mrs. Benjamin L. Hadley III, of Williamsburg, VA and Mrs. Douglas Austin of Winston-Salem, NC. A son-in-law, Mr. Douglas Austin of Winston-Salem and 4 granddaughters also survive him. He was predeceased by two brothers, Harold George Schneider and Myron Schneider.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 9, 2004 at 11:00am at the Laconia Congregational Church, Veterans Square, Laconia, NH. Rev. Carolyn Keilig, Interim Associate Pastor of the Church, will officiate. There will be no calling hours. A private family burial and committal service will be held in the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, Laconia, NH.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.