Helju Schneider

Obituary of Helju Rossmann Schneider

Helju Rossmann Schneider was born April 11, 1935 at home on the family farm in Vandra, Estonia. Her tranquil rural life was rudely disrupted when in 1939 the Soviet Union invaded and occupied her homeland. Her life would never be the same. Five years later after successive Nazi and Russian re-occupation, her family fled Estonia, landing in Germany. As war refugees, they were placed in multiple displaced person camps throughout Germany-the last in Oldenburg. In 1950, she emigrated to America, sponsored by a family near Allentown, Pennsylvania. She started 9th grade speaking no English, but was fluent after the first year. She attended Perkiomen Valley High School, and graduated from Moore College of Art in 1959. After graduation she traveled in Europe on an art fellowship. She then worked in graphic design until 1968 when she moved to Dewitt, New York. She married Bernard Schneider in 1962 and subsequently gave birth to Karin, Lisa and Erik. She devoted her life to motherhood and homemaking. She loved cooking, gardening, and continuing her passion for the visual arts. Helju was a member of Crouse Woman's Auxiliary, JD-FM Meals-on-Wheels, The Corinthian Foundation and Woodchuck Hill Squares. Helju travelled extensively, visiting 50 states and 6 continents. She returned to Estonia many times after it regained independence in 1991. She reclaimed her family farm and passed it on to her children. Helju died at home April 9, 2021, after a prolonged illness. The family offers special thanks to Cierra, Channie and Yaa for years of dedicated and excellent health care. She is survived by her husband, children, three grandchildren and a nephew. A private funeral service was held with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will host a celebration of her life this summer. In honor of Helju, please consider a donation to: Helju Rossmann Schneider Scholarship Fund at Estonian-American Fund, PO Box 2464, Rockville, Maryland, 20852-9998 ( https://www.eafund.org/donate.html) or MEALS-ON-WHEELS-EOC, PO Box 72, Manlius, NY, 13104 (www.moweoc.com) Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel. To express sympathy, please visit fairchildmeech.com
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