Obituary of Albert R. Schneider Jr.
Life Story of Albert Rudolph Schneider Jr. March 5, 1941, to May 1, 2021 Albert Schneider Jr., affectionately known by some as Al, Papa, Geek-Papa, GPS, or Sly Albert was naturally a kind, authentic, wise, methodical, quiet man. He was innovative, eager to learn, frugal, hardworking, and loving. He prepared us for “rainy days”, while he encouraged a positive outlook of life. One of his favorite mottos was: “Always be yourself because nobody else can.” He practiced what he preached! Albert was a first-generation American from a German family, born from his parents Albert Sr. and Johanna (Joest) Schneider. He and his older brother Ted grew up on Harding Street in Syracuse, NY. He attended Auburn Community College, where he met and later married Barbara Jordan. The couple moved from Syracuse to Buffalo NY for work purposes. In the 1970’s they settled on Gay Drive in West Seneca, which was later re-named Fawn Trail. In 1973 Albert began his print broker business, Data forms. Al and Barb have three children, Erika, Leigh, and Allen. They were married from 1967 to 1985. On April 19, 1985, Albert married long-time neighbor Susan Heimlich, who has two daughters, Stacey and Katie. This was the beginning of a blended new family of seven. Albert took the time to teach the kids everything he could, such as how to drive and change their own oil and tires before getting their driver’s license. When the kids headed out for school each day, Albert would be heard saying from the top of the stairs “Learn all you can today!” He also taught the value of a dollar through his unique methods. The family enjoyed many camping and road trips. Don’t forget the egg salad and tuna fish sandwiches! They were standard road trip cuisine. Many new memories were created on the journeys. Albert was a very loving and devoted husband to Susan for 36 years. Albert became “Papa” a grandparent of thirteen: Shadia, Emily, Evan, Zachary, Richard, Holly, Michael, Sydney, Stephanie, Allie, Devin, Colton, and Annika. He was a great-grandparent “GPS” of eight: Leleand, Charlee, Dominick, Joey, Cole, Riley, Ethan, and Isabella. Al was a businessman most of his life; he was the proud owner and operator of Dataforms in West Seneca for 33 years. He earned the trust and respect of his business associates. With the business came the business suits, and throughout those years Al wore a suit and tie each day for work. When he retired, he rarely wore a suit again. He embraced and perfected his sense of style! This new style included wearing T-shirts, bright red sneakers, flannels, and his signature suspenders. Some of his favorite T-shirts even had catchy sayings that truly reflected his personality and brought a smile to the reader. As far as hobbies, he enjoyed several over the years. One stayed with him from his teenage years right through his last day. This was his beloved bright red 1961 Porsche 356B! This would be the first of two Porsches Albert would own. A very young Albert purchased this brand new 356B with money saved from his paper route. He ordered and shipped it directly from the Porsche factory in Germany. He told stories of how he used to cut lawns in Syracuse and would put the lawnmower in the front seat of his Porsche and go from house to house earning money. He was also a member of the Porsche Club of America. Albert took his last ride in his beloved car on April 14, 2021. Music was also a source of enjoyment. He had an appreciation for the talented musicians ranging from classical music to county music. Albert held a record collection that comprised of artists across the 50s 60s and 70s, anything from the Carpenters and the Kingston Trio to Dolly Parton, Roger Whittaker, and Neil Diamond. You would often hear these voices along with Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” playing in the background of bridge parties and other social gatherings with friends and neighbors. In his later years, he found a fascination with remote-control planes. He loved honing his pilot skills as he flew them- whether it be indoors with his flying club, or outdoors on his own. He loved watching them soar around in the sky. In retirement, he and his good friends enjoyed tinkering with gadgets together and were very interested in learning about the way things worked, which took them to a lot of museums and other destinations they called “field trips.” Susan and Albert enjoyed many travel adventures together whether it was local camping trips, snowbirds to Florida, road trips across the USA, Alaska, or Europe. Albert would like to be remembered as a person who always tried his best throughout his time with us. He will live on in the hearts of his family and will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him. Schneider, Jr., Albert R. May 1, 2021 of Orchard Park, NY. Beloved husband of Susan W. (Heimlich) Schneider; devoted father of Erika (Andrew) Karalus, Leigh, Allen (Kristen); cherished step-father of Stacey Randall, and Katie (Eric Weitz) Heimlich; loving grandfather of Shadia, Emily, Evan, Zachary, Richard, Holly, Michael, Sydney, Stephanie, Allie, Devin, Colton, and Annika and great-grandfather of Leleand, Charlee, Dominick, Joey, Cole, Riley, Ethan, and Isabella; dear brother to Theodore L. (Kay) Schneider. Proud owner and operator of Dataforms in West Seneca for 33 years. Friends received Friday May 7th from 5-8PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1340 Union Road, West Seneca, NY 14224. A memorial service will take place Saturday May 8th at 11AM at Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main Street, West Seneca, NY 14224. Please assemble at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ebenezer United Church of Christ, or Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences and donations at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Albert Schneider Jr., please visit Tribute Store
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