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LOIS SCHNEIDER

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SCHNEIDER-- Lois, at 80. Lois Schneider, founder and President of Lois Schneider Realtor, died on August 4, 2012 at her home in Summit, New Jersey. Mrs. Schneider was recognized as a widely respected real estate agent, a highly successful entrepreneur, and a dedicated philanthropist. Born in Philadelphia, she attended Drexel University married Alan Schneider and moved to Summit NJ in 1961. She began her real estate career in 1962 founding her own company in 1976. This was an era of mergers and franchising, and set her sights instead on developing a business with just one office and one mission: superb service. She stayed true to that mission, and her agency has dominated the Summit market for decades. Her daughter, Karen Schneider, a Director in the company will assume leadership of Lois Schneider Realtor. Her philanthropic endeavors reflected her belief that the members of a community, much like the members of a family, are responsible for one another. Her company mirrored her goals with agents and staff steeped in the tradition of community service. Lois Schneider Realtor is an ardent supporter of community service groups including: The Valerie Fund, SAGE Eldercare, Overlook Hospital, Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Good Grief, Bridges Outreach, Family Promise, and The Connection. Mrs. Schneider was lead sponsor of major events including the Summit Junior Fortnightly Tot Trot, the Summit Luminary Project, and the Reeves Reed Arboretum's Holiday House Tour. She was twice named NCJAR's Realtor of the Year. The Union Country Freeholders elected her a “Women of Excellence” for her role as an entrepreneur. Mrs. Schneider was most proud of the her Congressional Certificate of Appreciation for Community Betterment for her work with such organizations as Our House Group Homes for the Developmentally Disabled On her 30th anniversary in business, Mayor Jordan Glatt of Summit declared it "Lois Schneider Day." She was awarded the Luxury Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Award and recently received the Silver Service Award for Achievement in the Community from the Suburban Chamber of Commerce. One of her lifelong interests was education. Having been educated by the Sisters of the Holy Child, as were her daughters, Mrs. Schneider served on the Board of Trustees of Oak Knoll School, supported Oak Knoll, the nuns' retirement fund and her alma mater the former Holy Child Academy in Sharon Hill, PA. She actively supported Our Lady of Peace School, Oratory Preparatory School, Kent Place School, Summit Speech School, New Jersey Development School for Youth, Summit Educational Foundation and The Learning Circle. Mrs. Schneider always followed her life-long motto: "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." Her devotion and loyalty to her friends and family was legendary. She adored having grandchildren and great-grandchildren surrounding her at holidays, especially Christmas. She cherished the extravagant family vacations she planned. She loved traveling, gardening, and entertaining. Having an enduring love affair with the island of Nantucket, she spent her wedding anniversary there for 40 years, and considered the island to be one of the most perfect places on earth. In addition to her daughter, Karen Schneider, Mrs. Schneider is survived by Alan Schneider, her husband of 60 years, her siblings, Jerome Keough, Malvern, PA, Robert Keough Jr, St. Maarten, W.I., Rosemary Redmond Kerrebrock, Lincoln, MA, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Laureen Schneider Lauber, predeceased her. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 7 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at the William R Dangler Funeral Home, 309 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 8 at 10:45am at St Teresa of Avila RC Church, Summit, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Society of the Holy Child Jesus, 1341 Montgomery Ave., Rosemont, PA 19010, http://www.shcj.org/amer/index.html, The Valerie Fund, 2101 Milburn Ave, Maplewood, NJ, 07040, http://www.thevaleriefund.org/ or Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 234, Summit, NJ, 07902, http://www.summitems.org/

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 7, 2012
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