February 25, 1923 ~ March 18, 2005
Obituary for: George William Schneider
Feb. 25th, 1923 â€“ March 18th, 2005
George was born on February 25th, 1923 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, the son of Henry and Blanche Schneider-the 3rd youngest of 12 children. He died peacefully on March 18 at Little Company of Mary Hospital with his loving wife Ginnie, family and the dedicated Sisters by his side.
George is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Virginia (Ginnie) and his 11 children; Fritz (Kit Leary), Joni Gilles (Ed), Annie Cronin (Mike -deceased), Kate Buschelman (Gary), Hans (Vicki), Chris (Mary) Mary Schubothe, Joe (Teresa),Steve (Jeannette), Hank (Karen) and Ginger Corrada (Fernando). In addition, 24 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren proudly called him â€œOpaâ€. He is survived by his brother Fr. Mark and sisters Emily Saracino and Agnes Corrigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Ethel, Lucille, Blanche and Lila and brothers Dan, Paul and Leo.
At fourteen, as a top selling newspaper carrier he won a trip to New York and Washington DC. This launched his successful business career. While attending Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin, he met the love of his life---Ginnie Funk.
In 1942, George joined the Navy and proudly served his country during WWII as Quartermaster Third Class in the Pacific Theater. After his tour of duty, he married Ginnie and they moved to Milwaukee where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Banking and Finance from Marquette University.
George, Ginnie and blossoming family moved to Southern California in 1949 and settled in Redondo Beach. Gasthof Schneider has been their home for the past 54 years. Family and friends have enjoyed the Schneiderâ€™s gemutlich-style hospitality. George was known for his wit and many were on the receiving end of his practical jokes. George loved his family and celebrated his German heritage by tirelessly planning trips for his children and grandchildren to tour and visit their roots.
George began his business career with the Bank of America and the Union Bank. In 1952, he started Orange County Land Development and numerous other partnerships. He assisted the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with the negotiations of churches, hospitals and schools in the Southern California area. George was the organizer and developer of Harbor Savings and Loan and later was instrumental in the creation of Bay Cities National Bank. In 1982, George, along with a group of investors, purchased LaCrosse Rubber Mills (now La Crosse Footwear Inc.) and played a major role in the companyâ€™s continued growth and prosperity. Throughout his successful career, he was admired and respected for his business acumen, wisdom and integrity.
George believed in giving back to the community and set many examples for his children and grandchildren by serving others. He was a member of numerous boards and foundations: including serving as President of the Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation; President of the Southern California Chapter of Knights of Columbus; and Budget Committee member of the Community Chest of Los Angeles. He was also active in the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce and Round Table.
Services will include a visitation from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 21 at Rice Mortuary on 5310 Torrance Boulevard; a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 21 at St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach and a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at St. Lawrence Martyr Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the organizations George so passionately supported: Little Company of Mary Hospital Nursing Education Endowment, the James Crawford Gymnasium and Student Activity Center at Bishop Montgomery High School and the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.
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