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September 16, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. Robert W. Schneider, SJ, who died on September 14, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 81 years old. May he rest in peace.
Bob was born on May 17, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After a six-month postulancy, Bob entered the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus on April 2, 1958 at Milford, Ohio. He took final vows on November 6, 1971 at Bellarmine Chapel in Cincinnati.
Before entering the Society, Bob attended Xavier University for one year. As a Jesuit, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies from Xavier University (1985).
After his novitiate and some time working at Milford, Bob worked in the assistant principal's office at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati (1963-1968) and in the dean's office at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago (1968-1970). Bob then spent almost a decade working in campus ministry at Xavier University (1970-1979). He was the house manager for the Jesuit Renewal Center (now the Jesuit Spiritual Center) in Milford, Ohio (1979-1980).
In 1980, Bob left his hometown and moved to Indianapolis where he was an Assistant to the President and managed the bookstore at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (1980-1984). He spent two years in Lexington as the minister of the Kentucky Jesuit Mission Community (1984-1986) before moving to Chicago.
Bob spent thirteen years in Chicago. He was the business manager at Holy Family Church (1986-1989), minister of Arrupe House on the campus of Loyola University Chicago (1988-1992), worked with adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities at Misericordia: Heart of Mercy (1989-1993), and as the minister of the Loyola Academy Jesuit Community (1993-1996). After a year sabbatical, Bob was the minister of the St. Ignatius College Prep Jesuit Community (1997-1999).
Bob spent five years as a nurse's aid at Colombiere Center in Clarkston (1999-2004) before moving to the Faber House Jesuit Community in Cincinnati to do volunteer work (2004-2013). In 2013, after suffering a severe stroke, Bob was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society at Colombiere Center.
Bob, who often referred to himself as the "Nice Brother", loved the color purple which was the school color for his alma mater, Elder High School, a major athletic rival of St. Xavier High School. When in Cincinnati, and staying at the St. Xavier High School community, he thrilled with wearing full purples around the community and especially at the dinner table. At Colombiere, he would ask the staff to dye his hair purple when certain visitors were in town or an important game was being played. He would spend hours putting together jigsaw puzzles. Bob also loved to listen to classical music, attend the symphony, and play bridge with his Jesuit brothers.
Bob was a devoted friend who truly cultivated friendships and enjoyed spending time with friends. Most often, Bob had a huge smile on his face when he was with his friends or when he was basking in the warmth of the sun in the community garden. Bob had a playful side that, at times, could be seen by his unique greetings (such as a loud bird squawk like a crow). Bob was a sensitive, compassionate, and emphatic person. These qualities helped him to be a wonderful friend and they also helped him to care deeply about those he was ministering to and working with. They also helped him to be especially good when dealing with people who were physically sick or had intellectual and developmental disabilities.
VISITATIONTuesday, October 1, 2019
FUNERALWednesday, October 2, 2019
Immediately following the funeral