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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Friday, May 26, 2017

Margaret Schneider (1912-2017)

It is with a heavy heart

that I announce the death

of our dear friend

Margaret Schneider.

Margaret's daughter, Kathleen,
reported that Margaret "passed away
very peacefully this morning at 11:45."

Please join me in extending deepest
condolences to Kathleen and all other
members of Margaret's family for their loss.

Last month, as you will recall,
Margaret celebrated her 105th birthday.

For years here on Shady Dell Music & Memories,
Margaret was affectionately known as "The Oldest
Living Dell Rat." Margaret's father built the Dell
and she and her family were the first people to
occupy the estate starting when Margaret was
only a one year old child. Now the dear little
girl whose very long life we have enjoyed
reading about and from whom we learned
many valuable lessons about love,
compassion and forgiveness,
has finally left us.

Out of respect for Margaret, Kathleen and
the family, and to give myself time to clear
my head and process what is, for me as well,
a great personal loss, the music will fall silent
on this site, and I will immediately withdraw
from all blogging activity for an
undetermined period of time.

Thank you for all the gifts you gave
us, Margaret. It was an honor and a
privilege to have known you and to
have called you my friend. To me,
you were much more than a friend.
 Over the years I came to love you.
You have been my inspiration.
You set a shining example
for others to follow. 

Never in my life have I been able to state

about anyone with as much certainty,
with as much ardent conviction,
that this was a life well lived.

Rest in peace, dear Margaret.


  1. Kathryn AndersonMay 26, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    A lovely tribute. My deepest sympathy goes out to Kathleen and her family. God bless Margaret and may she rest in peace. She will always be remembered here at Shady Dell.

  2. I a man so very sorry to hear about her passing. I can read how terribly close you are to your deal Dell rat, Margaret and that she deserved all the respect you are showing her here. I am sad to hear you will not be here for a while but I hope you can return with a beautiful post showcasing her favourite songs. All I can think of is your beautiful birthday wishes here and how she actually did see these and how happy her daughter felt. Please send my deepest sympathies to her daughter and the rest of the family. It sounds like she went very peacefully which is great and I pray I can have a long life like she has had and a peaceful death.

  3. It sure has been a dark day for me was well. I was so fortunate to have visited Margaret a couple weeks ago during her birthday celebration week. She welcomed me with her breathy greeting, her slight smile and a twinkle in her eye. Her mind was sharp and her humor was always present.
    This visit, like most my visits, I brought her lottery tickets. She scratched her tickets and had 2 winners among the pile. Her first scratch was a $5.00 winner and her last was $100! How Ironic to win $105 on her 105th birthday!
    Margaret lived an interesting life which basically started at the Dell. She often told me stories of her youth growing up there on 1501 Starcross Rd. She lived through some very hard times as well but love prevailed overall! The love Margaret gave and the love she received. But, the love and devotion from her daughter, Kathy was exceptional, bar none!
    I will always treasure the 5 years + memories I have in meeting this special lady and her lovely family. She is with her husband now, whom she loved and cherished. Rest in peace, dear Margaret.
    With love,
    Thank you , Tom for this lovely Tribute.

  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. :( But I'm sure Margaret would agree, music should never fall silent. That's what gets us through these tragic moments in life. Stay strong.

  5. I'm so very sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. My deepest sympathies to you and to Kathleen. Thank you both for sharing Margaret with us. We have grown to love her too, over the years, from afar. I just know that I would've loved to hang out with her and listen to her stories and marvel at her strength and courage and the love that drove her. A huge loss indeed.
    My heart goes out to you Tom. And to you Kathleen; I can imagine what a loss this is to you. There is nothing like a mother's love. But know that she is always with you. Her spirit will live on forever. <3

    Michele at Angels Bark

  6. So sad the loss of someone dear and the passage of an era. Very sorry, Shady. You gave her a beautiful tribute. And yes, her spirit will live forever in you and here in your words.

  7. I am so sorry to hear of Margaret's passing, Shady. She was such a lovely lady, and, I for one enjoyed the memories she shared with us on your blog. Thank you Shady, for this very nice tribute in remembrance.

  8. Condolences to the family left behind ... as it's always hard to be left behind ... but looks she was ready to go and be in peace ... Nothing is for sure in life ... only change is ... Love, cat.

    1. Friend Shady ... smiles ... Love, cat.

  9. My sincere sympathy to you and all those who knew and loved Margaret. ((hugs))

  10. I was very sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. My heartfelt sympathy to Kathleen, her family and to all who knew and loved her.

    I so much enjoyed reading about Margaret's life. She was an inspiration for everyone. I'm so glad I got to know Margaret through your blog, Tom.

  11. Kathleen,

    So sorry to hear of Margaret Schneider's passing. Hoping she will reunite with others at the big "Shady Dell" in the sky. Please accept my sympathy in the loss of your Mother.

  12. Tom I'm so so sorry to read about beloved Margaret. My heart goes out to you and Kathleen and all of Margaret's family and friends, 105 years of living life to the full as you said. May she rest in peace, A Dell Rat forever xxxx

    Emma x

  13. I'm so sorry the world has lost such a wonderful person. I want to extend my sympathy to her daughters whose loss was the greatest, and to Tom who truly loved Margaret. I have many happy memories of spending time at the Dell. I always felt welcome and like I belonged there. I wish I had known Margaret but I'm grateful I can learn about her by what people write.
    Again, my condolences to all who loved her.

  14. Oh, Shady! I am crying as I read this! I am so sorry that the world lost such a wonderfully sweet person. I want to extend my condolences to you, Kathleen, and the rest of the Schneider family.

    Like Paula, I wish I knew her personally, but I am thankful for all that you write about her and will continue to write to keep her memories alive.

    ((hugs)) My condolences to you and the Schneider family.

  15. My dear friend,Tom,

    First off what a touching tribute to a beautiful soul. Our loss is heaven's gain! I know you're heartbroken because I know you thought of Margaret like a second Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you, dear friend. I trust in time you'll feel the joy of the mewsic again to share with us. Now a few words to the family.

    Dearest Kathleen,

    Words can't express the measure of how deeply sorry I am for you and your family. I'm delighted that I had to privilege of meeting your mother through this site. She was a remarkable woman and filled my with great joy getting to know her a little.

    The thing I've taken away from the time spent with you and your mother is your faith. I know the coming days will be hard but I know God's love and comfort will guide you through these days. I reckon the assurance that your mom has joined your dad softens your sorrow a tiny bit.

    Celebrate your mother's life with one another, telling stories and looking through the family photos. I believe if Margaret were here she would tell you to weep for a short time and rejoice the rest of the days because she's in a perfect place. One day, there's going to be a huge family reunion to the likes that no man has ever seen and you know what? I'll get a chance to meet Margaret on the other side!

    Our prayers are with you, my friend and may God bless you and yours! Sending hugs & love to everyone who knew and loved Margaret the best!

  16. Kathleen Mae SchneiderMay 27, 2017 at 9:14 PM

    Dear Tom and wonderful blog friends,

    What a wonderful tribute post you published for Mother at her passing! We appreciate it so much, and also hearing from all of you who commented how she touched your lives.

    It is only through you, Tom, and your efforts that this could have happened. These genuine comments from those who never met Mother in person and your affection for Mother that was expressed so eloquently and so often, really enriched her last days. I was there, read them to her and witnessed it, and she would want me to tell you all how much she, and I appreciated that.

    I am shedding many tears which I know I need to do now, but seeing this post and reading these comments are helping me to bear this heavy and broken heart.

    This verse that will be included in her funeral readings on Thursday expresses what she believed and lived, and it is like her voice speaking to us and helping us all to heal.

    Thank you again,

    When We Remember

    You can shed tears that she is gone or you can smile because she has lived.

    You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.

    Your heart can be empty because you can't see her or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

    You can remember her and only that she's gone or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

    You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what she'd want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

    - Author unknown

  17. So sorry that someone who means so much to you has died.
    But as I say this all the wonderful years you have had
    keeps her memory alive.
    cheers, parsnip

  18. Kathleen,
    That was a touching verse with healing words that I can surely relate to.
    I hope it can ease and lessen your pain and give you strength to treasure your memories.

  19. Dear Kathleen, I'm so very sorry at this news. I never met your sweet Mother but feel I've known her through this blog. Tom, I'm very sorry for this loss to you. Losing this special person is another step in the closing of the Dell. People probably will say that to live 105yrs is remarkable..and it is. They will probably also so say it was nice long life...and it was. But is life ever long enough? For those who love it's way too short whether it's a few minutes on this earth or 100 plus years. So my heart goes out to Margaret's family and friends. May she rest in peace and enjoy the reunion that it sure to be happening in heaven. God Bless and hugs.

  20. I'm very sorry to hear that Tom
    Rest in peace:((

  21. I am so sorry! I can feel your grief from this loss. I wish I could give you a big hug in person. Since I can't, a virtual one will have to do. HUG!!!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Kathleen Mae SchneiderMay 29, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    All hugs gratefully accepted - virtual or not! Thank you, Sherry!

  23. Kathleen,

    What a beautiful verse and very fitting for the beautiful woman your mother is. Thinking of you today and wishing you lots of love and light.


  24. So sorry for your loss, Tom. 105. What a life. What a life well lived. You, and Margaret's family, are in my thoughts.

  25. We're all diminished by the loss of a good person. I'm so sorry and send my condolences to you and Margaret's family.

  26. May the glow of her goodness forever warm your heart, dear Shady. My deepest condolences.

  27. Oh, yes I remember that post. I greeted her here. I'm sorry to know that this sweet angel has now left us. But then, she left peacefully like you said. What a full, amazing 105 years it must have been.

    My deepest condolences, my friend.

  28. My sweet friend Shady, I have no words except I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear and special friend Margaret. Big hugs to you and prayers for comfort and peace at this time. xoxo

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