BARRINGTON, R.I. — Martin Schneider Jr., 80, passed away quietly Friday, May 13, 2022. He was visited by family and friends beforehand.
Born July 22, 1941, in Heidendorf, Romania, Martin was the middle child of Martin and Maria Schneider. The family immigrated to America in 1952, eventually settling in Niles. Marty, as called by friends, graduated from Niles McKinley High School then enlisted in the U.S. Army, proudly serving his country overseas during the tense times between the Korean and Vietnam wars, until his honorable discharge in 1962. Gifted in understanding and repairing mechanical systems, he worked for Ditto Inc. as a field engineer.
Martin married Carolyn L. Struck, on May 3, 1964, at Howland Community Church in Warren.
Soon Marty transferred to New England, so they moved to Rhode Island, where he repaired office equipment throughout southeastern New England for 40 years. Carol and Marty lived in Barrington, attending St. James Lutheran Church. Pastimes were visiting family and friends, playing billiards, cards and bowling, caring for pets, and tinkering with cars and clocks and anything mechanical. He also had a witty mind for puzzles and loved telling jokes. He enjoyed listening to news / talk / sports radio.
Martin was predeceased by his wife, Carol, a few years ago. He is survived by his three sons: the eldest son, Scott Martin Schneider and wife, Karyn, along with their four children, Joshua and wife, Katie of Chicago, Ill., Andrew, Emily and Benjamin Schneider of Massachusetts; middle son, Daren Michael Schneider and wife, Audrey Susan McPherson of Pennsylvania; and Martin’s youngest son, Brian George Schneider of Rhode Island. Martin has two sisters: his older sister, Maria Heath, married to the late Joe Heath Sr., and their three children, Joe Jr., Maria and husband, Clay Riffle, and Kathleen and husband, Jim Hoagland; as well as predeceased son, Michael Heath, all of Maryland; and Martin’s younger sister, Martha, married to the late Roger Melvin of West Virginia, along with their three children, Christeen Talbot and husband, George of Florida, Debbie Ferri and husband, Bob of Texas, and Cindy Greger and husband, Don of Maryland. Martin also has several cousins, along with great-nieces and great-nephews in the U.S. and abroad.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI, followed by a dinner in his honor. Flowers may be sent through the Olson & Parent Funeral Home website, www.olsonparent.com/obituary/Martin-Schneider. A favorite passage was the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13.