June 8, 1912 – Oct. 16, 2012
Tony Otto Schneiderman passed away peacefully Oct. 16, 2012 at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Tony was born on a farm near Ackley, Iowa on June 8, 1912 to Reint and Anna Schneiderman. Tony grew to manhood on the family farm.
After the death of his father in 1935, being the oldest child, Tony assumed many of the family support responsibilities for his mother, six brothers and two sisters. He enlisted in the Army on April 12, 1942. During most of WWII service, he was stationed on Umnak in the Aleution Islands of Alaska, on leave from the 159th Infantry into the Army Engineers.
Tony married Pearl Schlampp Nov. 8, 1944 on Pearl’s parents’ farm near Dumont.
Following his discharge from the Service in February of 1945, he began working for Allison Hardware. In April of 1947, DuWayne was born to Tony and Pearl.
The family moved to Thornton in 1949, where they owned and operated an electrical, plumbing and heating business until 1962, when Tony’s health dictated his reducing his work load. He then did electrical work until his retirement in 1993.
Tony served on the Thornton Town Council for 14 years, some of the time as Mayor Pro Tem. He was a former member of the Lions. He had been an active member of the First United Methodist Church, having transferred his membership from the Associated Church in Allison in 1949.
Pearl passed away in 2007. In 2009, Tony moved to Monticello to live with DuWayne and Marilyn, where a special room had been built on to their home for him by Duwayne and grandsons, Garrick and Brock. He enjoyed petting their cats and dog and watching the birds from his room and front porch.
In September 2012, he moved to the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, after several falls and hospitalizations. He was cared for by their kind staff, and received regular visits by DuWayne and Marilyn, who lived nearby, until his passing.
Tony is survived by his son, DuWayne and wife, Marilyn; grandsons, Garrick and Brock; a sister, Alice; and a brother, Bob. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Tommy, in infancy, Eddy in WWII, Bill Reint, John, Herman; and a sister, Ann.
Tony will be remembered for his creative and quality work and his quiet gentleness.