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Diane Schneider

June 24, 1943 — March 16, 2021

Diane Schneider

Diane Therese Schneider, age 77, a lifelong Reading resident, died Tuesday, March 16, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Born in Medford on June 24, 1943 she was the daughter of the late Richard and Dorothy (Bronsdon) Cadogan.

Diane was raised in Reading and was a graduate of Reading Memorial High School. She spent many years raising her family and later owned and operated Schneider Brothers Auto Body in Woburn with her husband Bob. Diane and Bob shared a passion for cars and, in addition to racing dragsters at New England Dragway, traveled together in their motorhome to racetracks around the country. Diane also had a love for collecting antiques and spent many weekends with Bob driving through New England in her yellow Thunderbird exploring antique shops. Among the many things that Diane will be remembered for are her love of flowers, camping, spending time with family, and celebrating birthdays and holidays. Birthdays meant a lot to Diane and she always made sure everyone received a card from her and Bob on their special day. Above all else, Diane was a devoted wife and a loving, caring mother and grandmother.

Diane was the beloved wife of Robert Schneider. She was the loving mother of Therese Fontaine and her husband Robin of Bradenton, FL, Chris Schneider and his wife Donna of Freedom, NH, Heidi Francis and her husband Robert of Sanbornville, NH, and Rodney Schneider and daughter-in-law Christine of Reading. She was the sister of Donna Burgess and her husband Frank of Brewster and Richard Cadogan and his wife Susan of Lynnfield. She was the adoring grandmother of Kerri, Ryan, Shawn, Karissa, Brandon, Nicole, Jeff, Amanda, Bryan, Emily and Matthew; and great-grandmother to ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several dear nieces, cousins and many friends.

A Graveside Service will be held at Wood End Cemetery, Franklin St., Reading on Tuesday at 11am. Visitation for relatives and friends will held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Monday from 4-7pm. COVID-19 guideline will be followed.

Memorial donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Attn: Donation Processing, PO Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.


March 22, 2021
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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Wakefield, MA 01880
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March 23, 2021
11:00 AM

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Reading, MA 01867

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