Karen A. Schneider
Karen A. Schneider
SUDBURY — Karen Annette Schneider, age 56, died peacefully in her sleep Monday evening, October 8, 2012, surrounded by family, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Schneider was born in Chippenham, England, near Stonehenge on December 27, 1955. Daughter of Frederick and Lee (Stanley) Bones, the family moved to Cherry Hill, N.J., in 1964. Karen graduated from Cherry Hill High School in 1973. She completed her undergraduate studies at Glassboro State College of N.J., graduating summa cum laude. She continued her education at University of Vermont earning a Master of Extension Education in 1989.
In September 1979, she married Kurt Schneider of Pompton Plains, N.J. They started their married life by moving to Vermont where Karen began her teaching career as the family consumer science teach at West Rutland High. In 1984, Karen became an educator in the University of Vermont Extension Service. During Karen’s 28 years in Extension service, Karen was recognized both locally and nationally for her leadership and outstanding contributions to the citizens of Vermont. Karen served as Interim Assistant Director of Extension from 2004 to 2007. Unfortunately, illness forced an early retirement in March of 2012. She was honored as Extension Associate Professor Emeriti.
Karen was a person with many interests and was involved in many volunteer organizations. She was a charter member and served as president of the Hubbardton Fire Department Boosters; was an avid skier and served as a volunteer ski coach with the Vt. Special Olympic organization based at Pico Ski Area; and later, she continued her love of teaching and skiing while serving as an instructor in the Pico Junior Program. Karen’s interest and dedication to community service extended into her personal life as well. Her love of theater and dance were a lifelong passion, and she performed with the Marble Valley Players in several recent productions. She loved to sew, make jewelry and do other crafts, always looking for the next thing to master.
Surviving is her husband, Kurt Schneider of Sudbury; her father, Frederick Bones and stepmother Arlene of Port Richie, Fla.; a brother, Martin Bones and his wife Sarah of West Bridgewater; and a niece, Virginia Bones, and her nephew, Alastair Bones. Also surviving is Kurt’s sister, Linda Bastante of Lincoln Park, N.J.; brother, Jack Schneider of Bloomingdale, N.J.; sister, Kathy Field of Tecumseh, Mich.; and brother, Dave Schneider of Hubbardton, Vt. She was predeceased by her mother, Lee Bones.
A memorial gathering “In Celebration of Her Life” will take place on Sunday, October 21, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the Brandon Inn in Brandon. Private commendation and committal will take place at a later date.
Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made in her memory to The American Cancer Society Vermont Chapter, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495-1460.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.