George H. Schneider
George H. Schneider of Philadelphia passed away on April 27, 2020, from Covid-19 at the age of 88. Born in Philadelphia in 1931, he spent his life there, having graduated from Frankford High School, Drexel University, and completing his Masters + 30 degree at Temple University.
His life was characterized by wholehearted devotion. His family meant everything to him. He was married to his wife, Mary, for over 63 years; she preceded him in death by only three days. They were a shining example of love and wonderful role models to their two daughters, Marylee Sauder (Rick) of Lancaster, Pa.; and Jean Schneider of New York City; and to their beloved granddaughters, Nicole Sauder and Maria Sauder.
George was a faithful Christian and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he served for 27 years as Clerk of Session. He wholly embraced everything about First Church and felt so fulfilled to be active in the life of its congregation. He felt privileged to be able to participate in the community organizing groups, Philadelphia Interfaith Action (PIA) and Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), and in the church’s mission trips to Mexico.
He was a dedicated teacher and taught business subjects for more than 35 years at Mastbaum Area Vocational High School in the Kensington section of the city. So many students feared his classes as freshman only to have him again as seniors, at which time they recognized how much they had learned and how much better prepared for the job market they were because of his classes.
George was passionate about history, an avid reader and movie-goer, and loved to travel, putting great effort into creating the most memorable vacations. He was incredibly witty and a real conversationalist; he loved to be among people and to dine in lively restaurants. He played piano quite well by ear and was an ardent music lover, attending as many orchestra concerts, operas, and chamber music recitals as he could each year. He loved to play golf and study the game, and he was one of the Phillies’ biggest fans, having partial season tickets for years, including the 2020 season. He had great respect for the sport of baseball, and he did not miss an inning of a game, keeping score until the last out.
A joint memorial service will be held for George and Mary at a later date when the coronavirus pandemic has passed. Memorial gifts may be sent in Mary and George’s honor to First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, 201 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, Pa., 19103, or Settlement Music School, 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia, Pa., 19147.