Beloved mother and grandmother, Emma Schneider, age 97, of Ashton, Maryland passed away on March 20, 2023. Born Emma Margaret Ullrich on August 19, 1925, in Ihringshausen, Kassel, Germany, she grew up with one sister, Charlotte (deceased), known as Liselotte, among a strong extended network of family and friends in her town. During World War II, Emma worked for the German Railroad and experienced firsthand the devastation of the war when two houses she lived in were bombed and destroyed by Allied forces, both of which she narrowly escaped with minor shrapnel injuries. After the war, in 1949, her uncle in Brooklyn, New York sponsored her emigration to the United States. She then was employed as a domestic worker for a family on Long Island until she married Richard Schneider on March 10, 1953, in Miami, Florida. They had two sons, Richard, born October 28, 1953 (deceased 2011) and Ralph, born July 23, 1959, and enjoyed thirty years of marriage until Richard’s death from cancer in 1983. She lived in the home her husband built in Montvale, New Jersey for 66 years. In 2019 she moved to Ashton, Maryland to live with her son and daughter-in-law.
Emma was known to her family and those who loved her as a strong, hardworking lady who loved to help people and was generous with her time and resources. She experienced many hardships in life, but always remained resolute and carried on with the business of living and enjoying life. In her young single days, she loved to go dancing at night in Manhattan, and once married, she loved hosting parties and entertaining people in her home. She was a social butterfly but also someone who cared deeply about her friends and loved ones. She would stop to check in on friends regularly or call them up on the phone just to chat and see how they were doing if she couldn’t drop by to see them in person. If someone she cared about was in need, she never hesitated to lend a helping hand wherever she could. She had many friends throughout her life and was loved by them almost as much as she was loved by her family. It is impossible for us to imagine life without her, but she has left a legacy of love, caring, and generosity that lives on.
She is survived by her son Ralph, daughter-in-law Kay, and her granddaughters Megan (Camilo) and Lauren.
Relatives and friends may visit on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 from 6pm to 8pm at the Roy W. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Rd., Laytonsville, MD 20882. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 11am at All Souls Cemetery in Germantown, MD.
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