Thomas C. Schneider, 62, of Sheboygan Falls, died peacefully at his residence Wednesday morning, June 12, 2013.

Tom was born Oct. 1, 1950 in Sheboygan, the son of Harvey and Elizabeth “Betty” (DeZwarte) Schneider. He graduated from Sheboygan Falls High School in 1969.

On July 1, 1972, he married Heather Heinig in Sheboygan Falls.

Tom was a cheese maker with the family business, Schneider Cheese Co., for over 45 years before his retirement in 2003.

Tom was an active member at St. Peter Episcopal Church in Sheboygan Falls where he served on the vestry, as junior warden, chalice bearer, and usher. He was also a Food Pantry volunteer in Sheboygan Falls.

Tom enjoyed kayaking, landscape painting, gardening, the outdoors, wine sampling, entertaining, reading and attending his grandchildren’s activities. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and looked forward to their annual Door County family vacations.

Tom is survived by his wife of 40 years, Heather; one daughter, Melanie Schneider of Milwaukee; two sons, Derek (Leah) Schneider of Whitefish Bay and Gregory (Heather) Schneider of Sheboygan Falls; five grandchildren, Benjamin, Tyler and Andrew Schneider, Beau Goudreau and Lily Schneider; his mother, Betty Schneider of Sheboygan Falls; one sister, Mary (Mike) Boll of Sheboygan Falls; three brothers, Jerry (Donna) of Sheboygan Falls, John (Sharon) of Plymouth and David (Denise) Schneider of Kohler; his mother-in-law, Dona Heinig of Sheboygan Falls; two sistersin law, Gwen (Greg) Pribek of Sheboygan Falls and Laurel (Mike) Cizauskas of Newton; and two brothers-in-law, Scott (Michelle) Heinig of Elkhart Lake and Kirk (Arlyne) Heinig of Plymouth. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Schneider; one brother, Michael Schneider; one nephew, Ronnie Schneider; and his father-in-law, Grover “Curly” Heinig.

A memorial service to celebrate Tom’s life took place at St. Peter Episcopal Church in Sheboygan Falls on Saturday afternoon, June 15, with Fr. Samuel Nsengiyumva officiating.

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A memorial fund is being established in Tom’s memory for the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund.

The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is serving the Schneider family.

The Schneider family would like to express their deep appreciation to the staff of the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for the loving and dedicated care given to Tom and their family.

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