Henry Schneider died Monday, March 11, 2013, at Hospice of Medina County, at 90 years of age. He was born in Akron, in 1922, to Henry and Katie Schneider, both of whom had immigrated to the U.S. from Germany. Henry had a younger brother, Martin, who died of complications of diabetes in 1953.
Henry’s father worked as a machinist in Akron until 1926 when the family moved to a small farm east of Sharon Center. Henry had fond memories of the few idyllic years on the farm. When Henry was seven, his father died of T.B. His Mother died of an asthma attack six years later, when Henry was 13, leaving him and his brother orphaned. They lived with an aunt briefly, but were placed in foster care and lived on a farm near Medina for three years, until Martin became ill with diabetes.
Frank Eastwood was on the child welfare committee at that time and had overseen the boys’ placement. When Martin became ill, the Eastwoods took him into their home. Shortly after, Mr. Eastwood died of a heart attack. Mrs. Eastwood asked Henry to join her and Martin so the brothers could be together. Henry moved into the home on South Broadway Street when he was 16 and lived there most of his life until moving to Emeritus at Camelot Place four years ago.
Henry graduated from Medina High School in 1941. He worked at Bennet Lumber Company, the Permold Company, and, during the WW 2, at BF Goodrich Company in Akron. He also spent a few months working at Luke Field in Arizona. (A heart murmur kept him from enlisting in the Army.) He returned from Arizona with Goldie, a beautiful strawberry roan quarter horse stallion. His story of bringing that horse back to Medina in a box car on a steam train in 1945 was a family favorite.
He worked at Barry and Ritter Roofing, then at Bliss and Laughlin, where he was a crane operator until he retired in 1988. Henry was a great story teller with an amazing memory for detail and knew a lot about the history of Medina and its residents.
Henry loved horses, boats, fishing, water skiing and bowling. He was on bowling leagues for over 25 years.
Henry loved children and was beloved Uncle and Great Uncle to the Eastwood clan and friend to neighbor children. Henry was a blessing to the Eastwood family. He took care of Mrs. Eastwood, his cousin, Marcella Baker, and any others needing a helping hand.
For his last four years, he lived at Emeritus at Camelot Place in Medina and made many good friends there. A special event for Henry was the celebration of his 90th birthday last fall, with dear friends and relatives
Henry is survived by his nieces, Linda (John) Stanley, Janet (Edward) Beimborn, Holly (Chris) Koppleberger, Karen (Donald) Brink, Barbara (Charles) Severson and other nieces and nephews from the Eastwood family, and second cousins from the Schneider family, and many dear friends and neighbors.
Henry requested that there be no funeral service. Condolences may be sent to his niece, Linda Stanley, at 651 Sinex Ave. #H112, Pacific Grove, CA 93950.
Memorials, in his name, to Hospice of Medina County, 5057 Windfall Road, Medina OH 44256, would be appreciated.