Paul Schneider, Sr.

Obituary of Paul A. Schneider, Sr.

Paul A. Schneider Sr., age 88, passed away peacefully overnight, on April 16, 2023, at his home, after spending the day with his family.

Paul was born on November 3, 1934, in Joliet, he was the son of Michael and Shirley (Nink) Schneider. He was a graduate of St. John the Baptist Grade School and Joliet Township High School, and a proud veteran of the United States Navy. Paul married the love of his life, the former Concetta Albert, on his birthday in 1956, and they enjoyed 66 years of marriage.

 “Joliet’s Door Man”, Paul operated Paul A Schneider Co, Garage Doors & Electric Openers in Joliet from 1972-1993. After retiring, Paul and Connie traveled around the country for two years in their RV before settling in Florida. They returned to Joliet in 2008 to be nearer to their family. In addition to taking his family on incredible adventures around the country and abroad, his passions also included photography, flying his airplanes and his faith. In 1988 Paul was ordained a Lay Deacon for the Joliet Diocese. He served at St. John the Baptist and Holy Family Parishes in Joliet, and Blessed Sacrament Parish in Clermont, FL.

In addition to his wife Connie, Paul is survived by his children, Paul (Linda) Schneider Jr. of Plainfield IL, Jean (Matt) Collins of Madison WI, Janet (William) Buss of Lizton IN and Michael (Carol) Schneider of Wilmington IL; twelve  grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, with three more arriving this fall. Also surviving are his sister, Marilyn (Dr. Thomas) Price of Seattle WA, his brother-in-law, Jack Albert of Crest Hill IL, his sister-in-law, Norma Gage of Asheville NC, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Norma Jean Gage; and his brother, Richard J. Gage.

The family would like to thank his special caregivers from the Veterans Administration, Integrity Services, Lightways Hospice Joliet, and especially “his angels” Becky, Rebecca and Kim for their incredible love and care over the last 9 months.

Visitation for Paul A. Schneider Sr. will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.), Joliet, IL. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 21, 2023, at 9:15 a.m., from the funeral home to Holy Family Catholic  Church, 600 Brook Forest Ave., Shorewood, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

Please consider memorials in Paul’s name to Lightways Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

For more information please call 815-741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at  where you can share a favorite memory or leave an online condolence.



4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Friday, April 21, 2023
Holy Family Catholic Church
600 Brook Forest Ave.
Shorewood, Illinois, United States


St. John the Baptist Cemetery
Ruby Street at Clemente Street
Joliet, Illinois, United States

Memorial Contributions

Please consider memorials in Paul’s name to Lightways Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
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