Patricia Eileen (Chandler) Schneider
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Patricia Eileen (Chandler) Schneider, of Palm Bay, Florida, at age 70. She was a beautiful and beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, great aunt, and friend to many.
Patricia, known to her family and friends as Trish, was born in Washington DC on March 22, 1952. Trish bravely battled through a lengthy illness, where she never gave up the hope that she would overcome this latest obstacle in her series of health challenges. Trish was surrounded by her family and friends, cloaked in love and prayer as she went home to be with our Lord on February 2, 2023. There, Trish had a heavenly reunion with her parents, Bruce and Marie Redmond Chandler, who proceeded her; as well as her older sister, Dorothy Chandler Benton.
Trish is survived by her husband John Kenneth “Ken” Schneider, to whom she was a loving and supportive wife for 51-years. Trish was the proud mother of Bruce Chandler Schneider; and the devoted “Gamma” to Rosemary Chandler Schneider. Trish was a loving, gentle soul who loved deeply, accepted readily, and fought fiercely for those she loved; and these three are the ones she held nearest and dearest to her heart.
Trish was born as the fourth daughter of Bruce and Marie’s five girls. She is survived by her sisters Frances Cecelia Chandler, Dinah Lynn (Chandler) Beverley, and Helen Elizabeth Chandler. There are many nieces and nephews, as well as a multitude of great nieces and nephews who have had the opportunity know and love their Aunt Trish, and her presence in their lives will be greatly missed.
Trish, by profession, was an at home child-care provider. Throughout her 33-years of being “Aunt Trish” to the many children under her care, she helped to guide them through their formative years, lavished them with love and support; and up to her final days with us, Aunt Trish was still in contact with her “kids” and her kids children too.
Trish was an active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Melbourne, FL for almost 40-years. There she supported the Children’s Nursery, doing what she loved most, taking care of children. She was very involved with the Daughters of the King (DOK) ministry as well as a member of Holy Trinity’s American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraising team: Angels of Mercy. Additionally, Trish was also an integral part of Holy Trinity’s Angel Tree ministry for many years. For many years Trish found her spiritual refresh and renewal through the annual Holy Trinity Women’s retreat.
Trish loved game nights with family and friends, going to wine tastings, listening to music, reading, sewing, crafting, knitting, and crocheting. For many years Trish participated with a local group who knitted baby hats; which were then donated to local hospitals for the newborns to be sent home in. Trish also worked with another organization who crocheted strips of plastic grocery store bags into waterproof sleeping mats for the homeless.
Trish would always make time for you if you needed her. There were so many rescues from car breakdown, or if your keys were locked inside your house or vehicle; and especially if you needed a sympathetic ear to listen, and there was always an available shoulder to cry on. She will be forever loved and forever missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in her honor.