LINCOLN – Our community has lost a generous and compassionate soul, Jack Schneider Jr., on Jan. 17, 2014. Jack grew up Pennsauken, N.J. He was the son of Doris and Jack Schneider Sr. He was raised in a loving home with his two older sisters who cherished him always. After moving to Maine with his family, Jack became known as the “Go To Guy” for so many in the Lincoln area and always had advice to share and time to give. He never met a stranger who did not become a fast friend, as Jack never judged anyone and loved with an open heart. His parents predeceased him. His steadfast, patient, and loving wife, Kathy Valaika Schneider, survives him, as well as his children. The oldest, his son, Jack Schneider III, who still hopes to know as much as Dad did someday, and his girlfriend Samaro Bannister of San Diego plus the light of his life – who called him simply Boy for the first two years of her life, his grandaughter- Keegan McKenzie Schneider. His darling daughter and “Daddy’s little girl who could do no wrong” Amy Schneider Smith and her husband, Addison (Bunk) Smith of Sangerville, and “the chosen son” Scott O’Donal of New Hampshire. Also surviving our beloved husband and father, are his oldest sister, Margaret (Peggy) Firth and her daughters: Tina and Mike Armstrong, daughter’s Jessica and Amber; and Sherry and Mike Canino, children Michael and Christine all of New Jersey. Also, sister Barbara Espenschied and her children: Denise and husband Terry Garman, Karen Espenschied and Wes Espenschied, all of Virginia. Mother-in-law, Rose Valaika Kenney of New Jersey, Jack’s very special sister-in-law, Nancy J. Valaika of Lincoln and brother-in-law, David Valaika and David’s three daughters: Kristen, Alexis, and Anna Rose, as well as their mother, Nancy A Valaika all of Pennsylvania And very dear friend of Jack and Kathy both, Sue Scanlon and her son Josh, of Lincoln. He is also survived by Keegan’s mom Calaina Schneider of Virginia. He was predeceased by brother-in-law Kenny Firth.
We will be celebrating Jack’s life in the spring with a gathering of family and friends, sharing memories, pictures, and stories, along with good food and music, as he truly wanted. We love you Jack and Daddy and you will be missed everyday. Donations in Jack’s memory may be made to Penobscot Valley Hospital, P.O. Box 368, Lincoln, ME 04457; or Penobscot Valley Humane Society, 1 Park Ave., Lincoln ME 04457. Thank you. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com.