Eugene C. Schneider

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Eugene C.

Schneider, Eugene C.

Went to his Heavenly Home on Monday, May 30, 2022 age 94. He was born on May 18, 1928 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to Reuben and Louise Schneider. He was baptized into the Christian faith at home, by Reverend Demottes of Hope Reformed Church.

He married Carol J. Nelsen on March 31, 1951 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Racine, WI. After serving two years in the Army, from 1951-1953, Gene and Carol returned to Racine to teach at Racine Lutheran High School. Gene served as coach, teacher, and Athletic Director for 15 years. During their time in Racine, they were blessed with four children; Jeffrey, Timothy, Steven, and Mary.

In 1968, Gene took a job in Greendale, WI to work at the newly opened Martin Luther High School. He served there for 24 years as a teacher, coach, Athletic Director and Dean of Students. Of his many roles, he loved coaching football, where he was very successful, having many winning seasons during his tenure. He retired in June 1992.

The family joined Hales Corners Lutheran Church in 1968 and Gene and Carol served in various capacities and were active members to the end.

After living in Greendale for 38 years, Gene and Carol sold their home and moved to Steepleview in 2006, where they lived together until their passing. They were blessed with 71 years of marriage.

Gene was the beloved husband of the late Carol (nee Nelsen). Loving father of Jeffrey (Mary) Schneider of Pensacola, FL, Timothy Schneider of New Berlin, WI, Steve (Gail) Schneider of Cordova, TN, and Mary (David) Naber of Muskego, WI. He was grandfather to Jared, Brent, Colin, Kari, Laura, Ryan, Eric, Allison, Haley and Kyle. He is further survived by 11 great-grandchildren.

Gene loved watching his beloved Cubs, he loved his Lord and Savior and took any opportunity he could to make sure you knew you were loved by both him and the Lord. His Christian leadership had an enormous impact on hundreds of students over the years. He remained a constant proponent of Martin Luther High School, doing all he could to further the Kingdom through his support of the high school.

The family would like to thank Froedtert Hospital for their excellent care, all our friends and family for their support, and the dear friends at Steepleview for the love and support and Christian community during the years Gene and Carol lived there.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at HALES CORNERS LUTHERAN CHURCH (12300 W. Janesville Rd) from 2 until 3:45pm with a service to follow at 4pm. Interment West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

If so desired, memorials to Hales Corners Lutheran School or Martin Luther High School are appreciated.


Heritage Funeral Homes



  1. Brian Dey '82 June 1, 2022 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Coach was a very special man in my life and the lives of so many students and athletes at ML. Sometimes those people never know just how much they meant to us and I didn’t share that with him until many years after graduation. His example of hard work, caring and faith helped me to be a better person. Thank you coach! May the Lord be with his family and all those that he touched.

  2. Mary WidenhoferHeyse June 1, 2022 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness. what losses you children have endured lately. Your parents are reunited in heaven. what a wonderful man coach and mentor Gene was to all! Gods blessings on his many survivors. Carry on their legacy of love and service and joy in life!

  3. Ric Simon June 1, 2022 at 11:21 pm - Reply


    Memories of Coach – When I walked into the doors at Martin Luther HS in September 1968, I came from the public schools of Milwaukee. I soon realized the difference in teachers and the love for the job, the love for students and the love for our Lord. Coach was one of the best. He and his coaching staff built our football team from zero wins freshman year to 2nd in conference senior year. We came so close to beating Wisconsin Lutheran in our only night football game. As Coach Schneider said at the end of the game. “We ran out of time, otherwise we would have beat them”. The ML basketball team got our revenge that year as they beat Wisconsin Lutheran 61-55 on their own home court. A proud accomplishment by Coach and the team. Check out the attached photo of Coach from 1971 at the start of football season. Fast forward to 1978, I stopped in to visit with Coach after graduating from MSOE and about to move to Florida for my first engineering job. We chatted about old times, including the trouble us guys used to get into. We both had a chuckle after Coach said, “Boy, if only I had to deal with the stuff you guys tried to pull off back then. That was nothing compared to today”. A strange compliment, but I took it and thanked him for sharing. It made me feel a lot better about what we “tried to pull off” and got caught. Case in point, “The Great Candy Heist” for those readers who may remember and possibly participated. Who me???

    Thank you Coach for sacrificing so much, especially when considering the pay difference between teachers in the Milwaukee public schools vs. ML. That’s commitment and a dedication to build young men based on faith in the Lord first and then learning how to work as a team. You’ll always have a special place in my heart. Ric Simon 1972 ML

  4. Tammy Straube June 2, 2022 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Gene was such a wonderful and caring man who I am sure has “touched” the lives of many., but I just know that he is now celebrating in Heaven reunited with his dear wife Carol,
    I had the pleasure of taking care of both of them., working as a caregiver for Carol and also as their Housekeeper. They were a perfect couple in many respects and they both taught me a lot about what it’s like to be a true Christian and the importance of having the “Lord in your life! I will miss them both! They both had a wonderful sense of humor and always had a positive thing to say to everyone!! “God Bless you and may You Rest In Peace now Gene…. You have reached your “Heavenly” home!!! And I know you are with all the angels now and the Lord is by your side.
    Thank you for Everything!

  5. Debra Buss June 2, 2022 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I had the pleasure and honor of being close to the Schneider family during my freshman to junior years in high school. Not only were Coach and Mrs Schneider very supportive of my relationship with their son, but also took me under their wing after my father passed away. Coach taught me values that I took with me through my entire adult life. I’m convinced that the “can do” attitude and strong faith in God were the reasons for my many successes , as well as getting me through and surpassing the failures.. I will forever be grateful to Coach for his influence in my life, Until we meet again…..

  6. Hompster June 2, 2022 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear this, T. Your Dad clearly set the bar high for us all, but his active faith is most impressive. Before long, we will all join him in the great life to come, as our risen Savior assured us. Gods peace be with you, T!

  7. Jason Bond June 3, 2022 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Eugene Schneider was the type of man who’s presence alone commanded respect at MARTIN LUTHER. But at the same time, he had a very fair and compassionate heart and was always there if you needed help. He truly led by Christian example.
    May the Lord Jesus Christ be with the Schneider family at this time and forevermore.

    Jason Bond,

    Milwaukee, WI.

  8. Jill Borgardt June 5, 2022 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    So sorry for the loss of your father. I will always remember the musical talents that your Dad shared at birthday parties. May the whole family feel God’s peace and comfort as you know that Dad is now reunited in heaven with his Heavenly Father and with your Mother..

  9. BRENDA A. WASYLO September 18, 2022 at 1:25 pm - Reply


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