Marian C. Schneider (nee Carrozzino), 86, of Devon, PA and Avalon, NJ, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on June 4, 2023. She was the beloved wife of the late George J. Schneider, Jr. She is survived by her son George J. Schneider III (Pamela) and daughters Sandra M. Schneider and Marian Schneider Cotsarelis (George). She was the loving grandmother of Jason (Allison), Eric, and Katherine Schneider and Alexander, Benjamin, and Samuel Cotsarelis. She was the great-grandmother of Nora Schneider. She was the sister of the late Johanna C. Adamczyk (the late Henry) and aunt to Henry Jr. (Iris) and great aunt to Dylan and Mia Adamczyk.
Marian grew up in Philadelphia and spent summers in Ocean City, NJ. She was the devoted daughter of Maria (Mollie) and Orlando M. Carrozzino, M.D. Dr. Carrozzino was a neighborhood family doctor who also held an appointment at the Philadelphia Department of Health. She graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame De Namur on Rittenhouse Square in 1953. She received her B.A. degree in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957 where she was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and served as co-chair of Women’s Heyday. Marian was proud of her Penn connection and remained active in the Penn Alumnae Association. She made lifelong friends at both Penn and Notre Dame. Nearly thirty years after receiving her undergraduate degree, she went back to school to earn an MBA from St. Joseph’s University.
Marian met her future husband, George, during her freshman year at Penn. Marian and George married in 1958 and lived on the Main Line almost their entire married life. They remained devoted to each other for 62 years until George passed away in 2020.
A dedicated mother, Marian frequently volunteered at her children’s schools spending countless hours as a library aide, tutoring students in math, and as a member of the Arts Guild and Mother’s Associations. She volunteered at the Presentation BVM School in Penn Wynne, Merion Mercy Academy and Episcopal Academy.
Marian received her real estate license and started a career in real estate sales after her youngest child entered high school. She began her career in real estate working at Wheeler-Williams and then Hoopes Better Homes and Gardens, Fox and Roach, and finally at Duffy Real Estate in St. Davids. She enjoyed her real estate work and many of her clients became her friends for years afterward. She continued with real estate well into her later years, selling her last listing in 2021.
Marian assumed the role of family matriarch for the past three decades and was the glue that brought the family together for celebrations. She adored her grandchildren and would take any opportunity to brag about them. She loved the Jersey Shore and she instilled the love of the shore in her children and grandchildren. Her greatest joy was hosting her children and grandchildren at her shore home in Avalon. Her decorating touch and her presence transformed the house into a true second home. Her grandchildren cherish the memories of their time at the shore, especially the endless games of Scrabble and double and triple solitaire with Grandmom. She was the undisputed triple solitaire champion in the family. Marian was also a puzzle enthusiast and an avid reader who always had a book started and loved swapping book suggestions with her grandsons.
Marian grew up in a large and close-knit Italian-American family and often regaled her children with the escapades she and her many cousins had during her youth. She handed down many family traditions and recipes including holiday soup and Easter cakes, especially the family favorite cicerchiata. As each new grandchild arrived, she knit a custom Christmas stocking, personalized with their name and a special design.
A kind and gracious lady who touched many lives, Marian will be missed by her family and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to Visitation 6-8 PM Thursday, June 8, 2023 at The Donohue Funeral Home, 366 W. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA and 10-11 AM Friday at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 35 Old Eagle School Road, Strafford, PA, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM. Interment SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marian’s name to Abramson Cancer Center, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Office of Advancement, 560 Sproul Road, Villanova, PA 19085 would be appreciated.