Joel M. Schneider

April 28, 1964July 31, 2019

Joel M. Schneider, 55, a resident of Keene, NH. passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, following a period of declining health.

Joel was born April 28, 1964 the son of Richard and Loretta (Cuda) Schneider.

Joel was a 1982 graduate of the Sudbury Valley School in Framingham, MA. As a student there he developed many skills in interpersonal relationships nurturing his innate desire to learn. Joel helped to reform their entire judicial system, writing and creating school laws and the position of Judicial Clerk of which he served. Joel briefly attended UMass in Boston.

Joel worked several years as a Senior Manager Windows Desktop Engineer at Fidelity Investment Management Technology until his retirement in 2008.

Joel met the love of his life, Anna (Wilson) Lake in 2007 beginning their incredible journey together exchanging vows on August 24, 2013.

Joel believed in living life to the fullest. He was a devoted husband, loving Dad and wonderful Grandpa. Joel especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Joel was well known for his sense of humor and witty comebacks. Including endless “useless” fun facts.

Joel was not one to reach out for help in his times of need. Joel is forever grateful and proud of the support and help his grandson Sylas gave without hesitation since he came to live with them. As well as from Jon, Angela and Ben.

From a very early age, he shared a very special bond with his older brother, Doug, who had many challenges in life. Joel always wanted to make sure that Doug would have the resources that he needed to be as independent as possible and helped to find ways for him to thrive. The two were “best friends” sharing many fond times and memories together.

Joel was a gourmet Chef; he and his wife enjoyed cooking together and were always happy to have family and friends over to enjoy their delicious creations.

Joel loved “fast cars” and motorcycles but especially buying the latest and newest technology. Joel was a lifelong Patriots fan from their lean years to their current dynasty. Joel was an avid Game of Thrones fan.

Joel loved reading! Joel spent hours reading, discussing and debating sports, technology, history, politics and philosophy.

Joel is survived by his wife, Anna; and their children; Jon Lake and his wife Andrea, Ben Lake, Angela Serpico and her husband Santo; grandchildren, Sylas, Patrick, Julianna, Emma, Tiana, Dylan, Zack, Jerramiyah, Kamrin, Jackson, Lilly, Tyler and Asher. Joel is also survived by his children; Chris Pike and his wife Meghan, Katlyn Arruda and her fiancé Jeremy Hutchinson, and Ashley Arruda; grandchildren, Janel, Callie, Nora, Amara, Jaxson and Brayden. Joel’s father, Richard Schneider; his father-in-law, Benjamin “Pete” Wilson; his brothers, Doug Schneider and Michael Schneider and his husband Alex Zhang; brother-in-law, Tony Wilson and his wife Maria; sister-in-law, Marie Braley and her husband Herb; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members. Joel is predeceased by his mother, Loretta “Lori” Schneider; his mother-in-law, Rita Wilson and his infant granddaughter, Lilly Serpico.

A Celebration of Joel’s Life officiated by Priscilla Brisson will be held on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm at his home, 62 Hilltop Dr. Keene, NH.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Rd, Swanzey, NH 03446 or to the Monadnock Developmental Services, 121 Railroad St. Keene, NH. 03431, to their Crisis Funding.


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Joel M. Schneider

have a memory or condolence to add?

Greg Pike

August 10, 2019


So sorry for your loss. Joel was a great guy and yes he was always full of useless fun facts!!

Jan & Al Pike

August 8, 2019

Our Deepest Condolences We are very saddened in hearing about Joel’s passing
He was a wonderful person ,Great Father and
Great Grampi 🦋

Kerry Wiley

August 7, 2019

Anna, I was sorry to learn of your husband's passing. I remember how fondly you talked of your adventures together.

Dana Dahl

August 5, 2019

I had the privilege to share work at Fidelity's Technology Group for several of Joel's years there. I was new to the process of Desktop Engineering and depended on his guidance and assistance. He was helpful and understanding when I struggled. His smile, humor and integrity were deeply missed when he left the firm. Rest in Peace dear Joel. Blessings of peace and condolences to Anna and all of Joel's beloved family and friends.

Cecily Howick (neé Rice)

August 4, 2019

Joel was my cousin whom I did not meet until nearly seven years ago, because I moved to England before he was born. My husband Steve and I came over to the States in 2012 and after we stayed with Joel’s father, we went to stay with our mutual cousin Peggy Schneider in Hubbardston, Mass and she drove us over to Keene to meet Joel and Anna. They treated us to a delicious lunch in a restaurant and it was such a fun time. Joel was warm and friendly and we loved Anna and thought they were such a lovely couple. Later I learned that Joel, together with Anna, took a special interest in his brother Doug’s welfare and they were involved in getting the best care for him. I am so sorry to hear that Joel has passed and I wish I had known him for longer. My deepest condolences to Anna, their children and grandchildren, to his father my dear uncle Richard, to his brothers Doug and Michael and to the rest of his extended family. May he rest in peace. Cecily Howick (neé Rice)

Diane Dinan

August 3, 2019

Joel was one of the first 5 members of FIG (Free Inquiry Group) of SW Florida. I remember mostly his quick wit and loving nature. So glad he touched my life. Anna and family, may time give you the strength to endure.

Eddie Dynes

August 3, 2019

I shall always remember the fantastic work Joel did during my time at Fidelity IBG in the Boston World Trade Centre and then later as part of the FISC Desktop engineering team up in Merrimack NH. Joel would make you smile everyday with his great sense of humour and sharp wit.
I won’t forget our trip together down to Key West (Photo)
Joel has gone to join heavens desktop engineering team now.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Anna at this difficult time.
All our love Eddie & Isabelle

Tony Bogardus

August 3, 2019

My condolences to Anna and all of Joel’s family and friends. I only knew Joel from Facebook, but we had some fun exchanges when we were both pretty new to the medium. Godspeed, my friend.

Kathy Gray

August 2, 2019

My heart felt condolences to Anna and family. Sending prayers of strength during this difficult time. My your memories of Joel one day bring you comfort.

Jen Doris

August 2, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Know you and your family are in our hearts and prayers.