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325 West 14th Street
New York City, NY 10014
Phone: 212-242-1456
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Judith Schneider

Judith Sara Schneider

Sunday, October 13th, 1935 - Thursday, July 30th, 2020
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Judith Sara (Jodi) Schneider residing in New York City died at 12:30 PM on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from complications following surgery. She was 84 years old. She is predeceased by her brother, Robert Oliver. She is survived by her two daughters Janice Marion Schneider and Lisa Marie Schneider, her nephew Clifford Oliver, grandniece Simone Oliver and countless friends and loved ones.
She was born on October 13, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Max and Helen Oliver, and grew up in Flatbush. She completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Miami in Florida. Through a good friend, she met Kenny Schneider, they eventually married and were married for almost 20 years. The family moved to New York City in the early 1960s. Around 1969, at a time when very few lived in the Garment District, they created a home in a commercial loft in Chelsea, upstairs from studios housing Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Jennifer Muller/The Works dance company, and other artists and musicians. In the loft they raised the girls, she completed her studies with the New York Society for Bioenergetic Analysis and became a licensed therapist, established her psychotherapy practice, and lived for the next fifty years until the end of her life.
She devoted her life to helping others. Jodi was a teacher and mentor to many. Jodi’s joy and love of life drew her into many circles of people. This included her medical issues later in life in which she found another opportunity to connect with others dealing with the same challenges, moving from mentee to mentor and teacher in short order. If you were a person who needed help Jodi was there to listen and counsel.
She was athletic, fearless, and curious. She read widely - everything from Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory to the poetry of Mary Oliver. She loved popular movies and TV shows, especially Star Trek, serial crime shows and the Voice. She was devoted to neighborhood diner food. Excellent Dumpling, Shake Shack and Dallas BBQ were also favs. If you saw her walking in the neighborhood you would notice her amazingly beautiful long hair, still largely black into her senior years – something she attributed to her Russian genes.
Jodi loved to dance – from trips to Cuba “before the revolution” from Miami to salsa, to later seeing modern dance performances of all kind. She enjoyed art, especially pieces tied to nature, including abstract landscape paintings, the works of Andy Goldsworthy and walks at Storm King. If it was “art” she wanted to experience it.
Jodi (a Libra) was a spiritual person who understood her life through astrology and Buddhist teaching. She practiced yoga (later chair yoga over Zoom) and meditation.
She loved the gardens and green spaces of New York. Even in the time of COVID she would go the park near the Flatiron Building. She sent her daughters, who she loved very much, pictures of flowers from her walk almost daily. Later in life she enjoyed spending the summer months in the cool of the Catskills where she could swim in a clear, calm lake every day. She was loyal to her friends, and she was loved by all she knew.
Jodi set an example in enduring learning about living life positively. Paramount to her was kindness to others. Please be kind to one another.
The family will hold a private service at Redden’s Funeral Home in New York City, with additional arrangements for family and friends to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Colostomy Society of New York c/o Ms. Gail Jasne, P.O. Box 187, Gedney Station, White Plains, NY 10605; or Friends of Ostomates Worldwide-USA (fowusa.org); 4018 Bishop Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40218; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).
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Erin Donohoe

Posted at 07:30am
I met Judy through the Ostomy Association of NYC a few years ago. I was fortunate enough to get to know her a little bit better more recently and got to experience her kindness and her friendship. She will be sorely missed but her memory will continue to live on in our hearts.

Erin Donohoe
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Patricia Chavez-Saferstein

Posted at 11:49pm
I had the privilege to know Jodi within the Bioenergetic community, as a teacher and trainer, as a friend and colleague.
She touched me, with her grace and wisdom, her kindness and generosity and her creative approach to teaching.
I felt enabled as a child is enabled from the first steps to movement and exercise, by Jody's clarity, gentleness and her playful style.
She always gave the best of her to our organization and leaves an indelible mark in all who had the opportunity to learn and work close to her. I didn't see her in the last ten years but our connection will remain with fond memories.
to her.
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Beryl Stromsta

Posted at 10:39pm
I only knew Jodi for a relatively short time (since early 2019), when I stayed with her monthly at her loft when I came in town from Chicago for Bioenergetics Training. But I feel like I have known her for years. She had the warmest, sweetest eyes I had ever seen, and I felt immediately welcomed like an old friend every time I came back. I could never figure out how she managed to always go to bed later than me and be up before me, sitting at her wood table with a warm smile on her face or in front of the tv. She was inspiring in her outlook on life, and her incessant thirst for knowledge. She was truly a lifelong learner with an openness I have rarely seen in an older person. I always enjoyed hearing about her daughters, whatever the latest thing she was learning or workshop she was going to, and her always great recommendations for restaurants and shops near her loft. I will miss seeing her sweet smile, her beautiful hair always in that gorgeous braid, her vast book collection, and her row of hanging barrettes of many colors and styles in the bathroom. My funniest memory of her was the first time she tried to explain to Katy and I how to get to her favorite recommended restaurant--though she couldn't remember the name or street number, she could show us with great detail and accuracy with her hands, which way to go and how many blocks and which way to turn to get there--and she was always spot on.
Jodi--I will miss you. Manhattan will never be the same for me again. Love and hugs to you as you dance (and do chair yoga) with the angels.
Love, Beryl
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Diane Gibson

Posted at 09:45pm
I didn't know Jodi that well, but whenever I ran into her, she had a twinkle in her eye, like she had a secret that she may or may not tell you. What I did know was she was a very good at being a warm, calm, kind and very wise person. I met her on the beach at Echo Lake, and I think that day she swam across the lake, and she was probably in her 70's. So I was very impressed. I'm sure she is enjoying swimming with the divine. Love and blessings dear Jodi, we all miss you at the beach.
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Tina

Posted at 06:29pm
Jodi's great legacy for me to learn from is that while she lived, she was fully alive.
She enjoyed her life with serene gusto and faced its challenges---both monumental and
mundane---with patience and equanimity.

Jodi was a fun and interesting companion for all the concerts, plays, lectures, art exhibits, poetry
readings we attended together over many years in the Catskills.

I live very close to Jodi's summer home in South Fallsburg, and grew up in Chelsea, right near
Jodi's city home. The last we spoke, shortly before her illness, she said she was happy, delighting
in her visits to a local park (one my mother used to take me to when I was a child) , watching
the children play, pushing their toy baby carriages. She really got a kick out of it.

Jodi was deeply appreciative of life's simple gifts. I'll always remember her with a smile,
and I will keep growing from her memory.

 
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Maria Posted at 08:05pm

I love all you expressed.
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