Joseph Carl Schneider
Hazle Township - On February 26, 2021, we lost a very special man but heaven gained an angel.
Born to the late Charles and Caroline Schneider, Joe was predeceased in 1987 by his loving wife of 32 years Jane Symons. He is survived by his companion Linda Kellock. He is survived by his children, Joey, Kathy (John), Carol (Ron), Lisa, Drew (Lisa) and Janie; his grandchildren Britton, Kimberly (Chad), Casey (Brian), Helena, Holly, Renata(Joshua), Ryan(Melissa), Brooke(Tara), Geoffrey(Zena), Erin(Ryan), Garrett, Lindsey(Ryan), Niko(Annya), Allexa(Jonathan) and Dante; and his nineteen great-grandchildren, who brightened his world beyond belief.
He is also survived by a brother George, sister-in-law Judy Lair, numerous nieces and nephews, and best friend Michael Ferrraro. He was preceded in death by siblings Dolly(Sailor), Cap(Lee), Mary Margaret(Joe),Ruth (Bill) and infant brother George and sister in law Miriam.
To know Joe, was to know life itself. He fully embraced the idea of "living", especially noted in his service to others. He was known by many and greeted everywhere he went with a friendly, "Hello Joe". He not only raised six children of his own; but opened his home and heart to Fresh Air children, Foster children, Foreign exchange children and numerous special friends that quickly became family.
Joe was an Acme manager for most of his 34-year tenure with the company, winning several awards for being a top manager. In 1982 he opened his own grocery store, Schneider's Market in Susquehanna Pa, after a fire destroyed the Acme he managed there. He saw the need and answered the call. Over the years, he opened several other markets that bore the same name. In 2000, he was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Boy Scouts of America for his service to the community. He was a long-time member of the Lions Club and past tax collector. He served every Sunday as lector of the 8:30 a.m. mass at Our Lady of the Abington's Church, while he resided in Factoryville.
Many lives were touched by his generosity and compassion. He was always bringing home a new pet, as "trade" for groceries people needed but could not afford. He supported St Joseph's Center, an organization dear to his heart in remembrance of his wife's volunteer work there. He donated AED units to local organizations when they could not afford them on their own. He was a member of ST Joe's Roman Catholic church in Sheppton, part of their finance committee and a leading contributor whenever necessary.
He was an avid sports fan. He was a season ticket holder with the Red Barons, he followed the Red Sox since they started in Scranton, the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins, Penn State football, and was known as S&H GreenStamps when he bowled. Recently, he was affectionately known to all roulette dealers and pit bosses at the local Casinos by his favorite number 31.
Joe was a loving, caring, compassionate man whose selflessness touched the lives of everyone he met. He taught his children to lead by example, to value integrity and honesty, to maintain a strong work ethic, to embrace service to others, and above all to cherish the infinite love of family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:30am at Holy Rosary Church, 316 Williams St., Scranton, PA 18508.
Interment will be held in the St. John's Cemetery, Susquehanna, PA at a later date.
The family will receive friends at Hennessey's Funeral Home Inc., 747 Jackson Ave. Susquehanna, PA 18847 on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 5 to 8pm.
In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave. Scranton, PA 18509 or please perform a random act of kindness.
Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2021.