Susan Schneider

Obituary of Susan W. Schneider

Susan W. Schneider, who was affectionately known as the “Wise Ol’ Owl,” was a dedicated family woman who always did everything she could to support those that she loves. Despite her strict side, she had a big heart and left behind a legacy unlike any other. Susan was born on April 13th, 1944, to Dr. H.K. and Henrietta Knoch in Hazard, Kentucky. Her family was completed by her siblings, Virginia, and James. The family was raised in Shawnee Mission, Kansas while her father worked as a OBGYN, and her mother stayed at home raising the kids. After graduating high school, Susan attended Monmouth College in Illinois, graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Teaching in 1966. Alongside her during her graduating year was Dale Heimlich, Susan’s first husband; after they graduated together, they returned to Kansas City, where they wed on August 20th, 1966. After they wed the pair moved to Kaleen, Texas where Dale was drafted into the U.S. Army for 2 years. After Dale returned, him and Susan relocated to West Seneca, New York, and in 1972 moved onto Gay Drive, a place where Susan’s children will forever call “The Village!” Together, the pair had 2 children, Stacey and Katie before they separated in 1981. On April 19th, 1985, Susan married the second love of her life and longtime neighbor, Albert R. Schneider Jr., and she welcomed Albert’s 3 children, Erika, Leigh, and Allen into her life. From that point forward, the “Fabulous Five” were created! Traditions from each family blended perfectly as Albert and Susan would go on to celebrate 36 wonderful years of marriage together. To their family, it would be the kind of marriage one would dream about as a child, it was that perfect. From then on, Susan did everything with her family and gave all the time she could to spend with everybody. She would take the girls to Clinique to show them how to care for their face and appropriately use makeup, and also bring them window shopping. She took careful notes of what they liked so she could return to those shops and buy them later for birthday and Christmas gifts. She was a supporter of all their sporting events and afterschool activities and supported her children through important decisions; whether it was wedding dress shopping, college trips or any other special occasion, she was the first to express her enthusiasm and begin to plan. As the kids grew older the family expanded. Susan became “Grandma” to 13 grandchildren, and “Gigi” to 8 great-grandchildren, and she could not have been happier or proud of the family her and Albert created together. When it came to cooking, Susan was an expert. She had special recipes that she called “Susan’s Specialties,” that ranged anywhere from hamburgers and Swedish meatballs to shrimp dip, Brussel sprouts and salmon balls. She knew just what to do to make those dishes special and full of love. Always organized, she was the planner in the family! Every visit to a loved one, family get-togethers, everything was marked on her calendar, and she was ready for any occasion. Susan was a stellar card player as well as a camping enthusiast and would frequently take separate camping trips with the grandsons and granddaughters. In true Buffalonian fashion, she was a huge sports fan and was everyone’s biggest fan, from Allen to her grandchildren. Her and Al properly watched the Buffalo Bills every Sunday during the football season. Holidays were also huge in the Schneider household, with Christmas being one of the most important ones. Ever the lover of creating traditions, Susan shared Christmas Eve and Christmas Day traditions that transcended the generations. On Christmas eve, the family would go to church, then come home to spend the evening with friends and the many snacks that were made. At the end of the night, Susan would let the children open one gift, which was always matching Christmas pajamas for everyone to wear that night. Christmas morning took hours and hours to open everything, but it created so many lasting memories. As the family grew, Susan would wrap the grandchildrens’ presents in specific wrapping paper so each child had their own special paper, and then would spend hours baking Christmas cookies and other snacks for the day. The Christmas tree was full of photos so everyone could reminisce around the tree. It is difficult to summarize a wonderful and cherished life in a simple story, because Susan was so much more than what is spoken about here. She was a quick-witted, wise, loving woman who would give everything she had to take care of her family and anyone she knew and loved. The world is a little less brought without her radiant presence, and we will all cherish the many memories she created during her time spent during this life. Schneider, Susan W. July 26, 2021, of Orchard Park, NY. Beloved wife of the late Albert R. Schneider Jr.; devoted mother of Stacey Randall and Katie (Eric Weitz) Heimlich; cherished stepmother of Erika (Andrew) Karalus, Leigh, Allen (Kristen); loving grandmother of Shadia, Emily, Evan, Zachary, Richard, Holly, Michael, Sydney, Stephanie, Allie, Devin, Colton, and Annika and great-grandmother of Leleand, Charlee, Dominick, Joey, Cole, Riley, Ethan, and Isabella; dear sister of James (Wendy) Knoch and Virginia Parkinson. Friends received Friday August 13 from 4-8PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1340 Union Road, West Seneca, NY 14224. A memorial service will take place Saturday, August 14th at 10AM 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. Online condolences and donations at
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Visiting Hours

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, August 13, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home - West Seneca, NY
1340 Union Road
West Seneca, New York, United States

Memorial Service

10:00 am
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Ebenezer United Church of Christ
630 Main Street
West Seneca, New York, United States