Franklin J. "Frank" Schneiderman
August 2, 1933 – September 8, 2019
Age 86, of Lansing, MI, passed away at his home in Lansing on September 8, 2019. Frank was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Max & Bea (Goldman) Schneiderman on August 2, 1933. His signature work ethic emerged at the age of 7 when he started his first paper route. By the age of 9 he had employed his younger brother to sell newspapers to the sailors in Bremerton, Washington where his father was stationed during World War II. At home, in St. Louis, after the war, Frank attended grammar school and high school, graduating at the age of 15 having skipped two grades. Subsequently, he graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and went on to attend the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine. He ultimately graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine all the while moonlighting as a pharmacist to pay his tuition. Upon graduation from medical school he completed a residency in Pediatrics. It was in Mount Clemens, Michigan that he established a pediatrics practice and raised his family.
The practice of medicine, however, was never enough for Frank. In addition to his practice, he owned a foreign car dealership and later owned and operated Holiday Trailer Sales with his father. At the time, Holiday became the largest Holiday Rambler travel trailer dealership in the country. Holiday was sold in 1975. In 1976 Frank sold his pediatrics practice and moved his family to East Lansing where he joined the Pediatric Department at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Always striving, in 1983 Frank pursued a fellowship in Pediatric Intensive Care. Upon completion of his fellowship, Frank established a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Ingham Medical Hospital in Lansing. The unit closed when Frank joined Dr. Steve Guertin as the co-director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Sparrow Hospital. During his tenure at Sparrow Hospital, Frank cared for many, many critically ill children and was inducted into the Sparrow Hospital Physicians’ Hall of Fame and retired from Sparrow Hospital and Michigan State University in 2008.
In concert with his career as a physician in Lansing, Frank owned and operated, with his two sons, Thrifty Muffler and Brakes. Frank’s life, however, was not entirely defined by his career as a physician. As a Boy Scout and ultimately an Eagle Scout, Frank possessed a love for the outdoors. As an adult, his love of nature became, more specifically, a passion for fly fishing. His favorite fishing venues included the Au Sable River near Grayling, Michigan, and the Missouri River in Craig, Montana. He tied his own flies and chased the hatches to enjoy the best fishing. While his career was demanding, he always found time to fish and camp with his family. Frank loved his family and sought to ensure that his children experience the wonders of our national parks and the beauty of Canada’s western provinces. He also fiercely supported his children’s educational pursuits and enabled them all to receive advanced degrees. He was particularly proud that two of his children chose to become physicians. Near the end of his life, Frank commented that “[he’d] gotten his money’s worth” in this life. Frank was an unparalleled father, partner, colleague and physician.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda (Barrett), his daughter Janet (Curtis) Clemens of Chandler, Texas, daughter Helen (Daniel Vivian) Schneiderman, Lansing, MI, son Harold (Edyta) Schneiderman, Las Vegas, NV, son Robert (Pam) Schneiderman, D.O., Spring Lake, MI, and daughter Elizabeth (James) Mackey, D.O., Iron Mountain, MI, brother Lloyd (Martie) Schneiderman, Corvallis, OR, three nephews, one niece, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 50 years, Marcia (Ollom) Schneiderman, D.O., and brother David Schneiderman. After his wife’s death, Frank’s marriage to Linda gave him a new lease on life and many new family members to enjoy and love. His stepdaughters are Diana (Rodney) Steffler-Davis, Battle Creek MI, Deborah (Jamie) Steffler-Endsley and stepson Joseph (Brooke) Steffler, both of Bellevue, MI. He is also survived by many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life visitation will be held on September, 20, 2019 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48912 from 5-8 p.m.
A private graveside service is scheduled. The date for a public memorial is forthcoming. The family requests that mourners contribute to Trout Unlimited, PO Box 7400, Woolly Bugger, WV 25438.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grlansing.com for the Schneiderman family.
- Celebration of Life Visitation Friday, September 20, 2019
Franklin J. "Frank" Schneiderman
September 19, 2019
Loving thoughts and prayers for all of your friends and family. I have such fond memories working with him. He will be greatly missed.