Obituary for Ada Schneider
Ada Schneider, 83, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2022 in Sarasota, Florida. Ada grew up in Sleepy Hollow, NY, the 7 of 8 children born to Italian immigrants Frank and Maria Ippolito.
During her childhood, Ada developed a love for music that she continued to explore personally and professionally throughout her life. As an elementary student at St. Teresa School, she learned to play the piano and joined the church children’s choir in the 4th grade. In 1956, Ada graduated from Scarborough Country Day School, the first Montessori school in the United States. Her early exposure to Montessori helped forge her independence and a growth mindset that continued throughout her professional and personal life. She continued her education and earned a BS in Music and Music Education with a piano major from Ithaca College and an MA from Teachers College at Columbia University. Ada was a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), a professional music association.
After completing her education, Ada worked as a choral music teacher in New Jersey, teaching kindergarten through high school. Her next professional challenge took her to New York retail, where she worked in human resource management at Saks 5 Avenue and at Georg Jensen Inc. She often shared stories about managing difficult employees and working with high-profile clients. She was proud to acquire dinnerware, which she liked to use for guests to host special holidays, parties or Sunday dinners.
In NYC, Ada met Franz Schneider and fell in love with him; They shared a passion for music and education. They married at St. Teresa’s Church in Tarrytown, NY in 1969 and recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. They settled in Kendall Park, New Jersey, where Ada devoted herself to raising her three children. Inspired by her mother, Ada lived her lifelong dream by making motherhood her primary focus. She worked tirelessly to further her musical career by initiating and directing the South Brunswick Community Chorus, honing her singing skills through professional coaching in the Alexander Technique, giving private singing and piano lessons, and being Principal Cantor of Holy Trinity Church in Westfield, New became Jersey, where she sang professionally at numerous weddings and funerals, weekly Sunday masses and religious holidays.
In 1998, Ada and Franz retired to Sarasota, Florida. Always a devoted Catholic, Ada joined St. Thomas More Church and became a member of the Women’s Club. She also formed a meeting group of members to be present at church activities. She survived breast cancer with her usual resilience. Ada and Franz traveled internationally. Ada sang the Key Chorale under Daniel Moe with the Sarasota Orchestra from 1999-2009.
Ada has always been the collector and motivator in the family. She was a dedicated cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Passionate about her heritage and Italian culture, she has transcribed all of her mother’s family recipes to ensure they are passed on to future generations. She also passed on her love of gardening to her family. Ada, who believes in physical fitness, spent as much time as possible in the pool and walked as long as possible. She enjoyed sharing her interest in creating and appreciating music with her children and grandchildren. Her love for family never ended.
She is survived by her husband Franz, their three children Jennifer (Mark), Karl (Olivia) and Monica (Alan), her siblings Aldo, Dino and Alma and their nine beloved grandchildren Christian, Luca, Mia, Mark Jr., Keira, Jake, Ava, Harrison and Mitchell. In death, she joins her parents and her siblings Ezio, Vera, Elio and Ugo.
We would greatly appreciate your kind words and memories of Ada. If you are willing to donate: The Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson was extremely helpful when Ada was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (NeuroChallenge.org or 722 Apex Rd, Suite A, Sarasota, FL 34240 or 1-941- 926-6413×100). Ada also attended many beneficial sessions at Parkinson’s Place (ParkinsonPlace.org or 5969 Cattleridge Blvd, Suite 100, Sarasota, FL 34232). Please mention that your donation is in memory of Ada.
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Published by Jennings Funeral Home & Crematory on June 16, 2022.