Celebrating the life of Jeff Schneidermann
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Jeff Schneidermann, 49, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017, due to injuries sustained in a car accident. Celebration of Life: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, with a Sharing of Memories at 6 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Scottish Rite Temple, 616 A Avenue NE. Arrangements by Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include his wife, Tanya; children, Claire (18), Paul (16), Estelle (13), and Kriene (11); mother, Maria Schneidermann; siblings, Lynn Schneidermann, Lee Schneidermann, and Amy (Bob) Henry; father-in-law John Buck and mother-in-law Barbara Buck; sisters-in-law Kecia (Rob) Sweeney, Susie (Bob) Wiggins, and Annika Ahmed; aunts, Gertrude and Martha; uncles Ken (Judy) and Vance (Carol); 22 nieces and nephews; many extended aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ed, in 2006, and several aunts and uncles.
Jeff York Schneidermann was born July 12, 1967, in Cedar Rapids, to Edwin and Maria (VanHal) Schneidermann. He graduated from Marion High School in 1986 and attended the University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Business with a minor in Economics in 1995. He spent most of his too-short career in industrial sales, most recently at Gates Corporation, and quickly developed a customer-focused ability to sell practically anything in many states and industries. He never tired of a good sales story, and he never stopped creating new ones.
To say that Jeff Schneidermann was an outgoing and social person is to understate it by a very wide margin. He could start with the slimmest possible pretense for a social gathering—unseasonably warmish weather was a favorite—and quickly throw together a fantastic production of food, drinks, music, karaoke, stories, movies, and occasionally fire, although not always in that order. Jeff had a serious side, too, so it wasn’t all frivolity: at many of these events, especially later in the evening, he and his friends would develop (poorly documented) solutions to critical political and social problems.
He also enjoyed watching sports, especially football and basketball and usually rooted for the underdog (which, much to his dismay, was often the Hawkeyes).
But everyone who knew Jeff suspected that he really saved his best stuff for his family, starting when he had the good fortune to meet Tanya Buck, who married him on November 2, 1996, in Des Moines. He joked about his fabled “Diaper Decade,” but all that work rewarded him with four great kids, and he reveled in the logistical details of family life, closely following their music, sports, and theater events. Another of his favorite family jobs was the intensive research and planning of family vacations to “road trip” to destinations all over the country, precisely optimized for economy, efficiency, and maximum exposure to the fun stuff. And recently, he convinced Tanya to take time away from the kids for a getaway to Mexico: he was very persuasive when he wanted to be.
Jeff was cherished by his family and friends, and everyone who knew him will miss his enduring exuberance and vitality. Please share your stories and memories of Jeff with his family—he would remember and appreciate every last one of them.
Memorials may be directed to Jeff’s family for his children’s college funds: please visit https://www.gofundme.com/jeff-schneidermann-memorial.
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Celebration of Life
616 A Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Sharing of Prayers & Memories
616 A Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402