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William A. Schumacher

December 05, 1949 ~ May 27, 2020

William (Bill) Schumacher passed away peacefully at his home on 5/27/20 at age 70, after a long battle with lung cancer.  He was surrounded by his wife, children and dogs, Lily and Jack.  Bill was born on 12/5/49 in Chicago, Illinois, and was the son of Harold (Schute) and Alice (Allie) Schumacher.

He grew up in Dolgeville, New York, and enjoyed spending his summers at Canada Lake, New York, where great friendships began and plenty of mischief was made.  Bill graduated from Dolgeville Central School in 1968, and went on to graduate from Paul Smith’s College in 1970 with a degree in Hotel Management.  He married the love of his life, Susan, in September of 1971, and they raised two children in Gloversville, New York, where he worked for St. Thomas leather goods as a quality control engineer.  In 1996, they moved to Vero Beach, Florida, where Bill was a salesman at Vatland Honda for 15 years.

Bill was kind and funny, and enjoyed being around his friends and family.  He loved his dogs, the beach, landscaping, bike riding, and visiting with his wonderful neighbors around his Pointe West neighborhood.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Susan Schumacher; son, Chris Schumacher; daughter, Carey Schumacher-Zeithaml; son-in-law, Anthony Zeithaml; and his precious granddaughter, Olivia Zeithaml.  Other survivors include his sister, Mary Jablonski, brother-in-law Joseph Jablonski, and their children Andrew Jablonski and Meghan Romano.  He is also survived by Susan’s brother, Robert Polivka, his wife, Wendy Polivka and their children Julie Trujillo, Alison Polivka and Stephanie Polivka.  Bill also had many close cousins in Michigan, and wonderful neighbors and friends that loved him.  Recent highlights for him included walking his daughter down the aisle for her wedding in September 2019, and attending his 50th high school reunion in September 2018, where he reconnected with many of his high school classmates.

Arrangements are under the direction of Millennium Cremation Service in Vero Beach.  Please see the obituary section on the webpage at to share a story or leave a condolence.  Memorial contributions can be sent to Hospice of the Treasure Coast (; Bainbridge Decatur County Humane Society, which rescued Jack (; or Indian River Animal Advocates, c/o Dr. Dan’s Animal Hospital, 1624 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Bill has chosen to be cremated, and the family will scatter his ashes at three of his favorite places: Tallahassee, Florida; the beach in Vero Beach; and at Canada Lake, New York. The family thanks all those who have shown such love, care and concern over the last 18 months, including Hospice staff members Robin, John and Alan.

Rest easy, Papa.  You’re at peace now.  We love you.

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Kurt Franz

June 6, 2020, 8:03 am

Remembering my beloved friend Bill (Billy) forever. Many memories of great times together. RIP brother. My thoughts and prayers are always with you. Love to Susan, Carey and family, Chris, and sister Mary. Now you will see mom and dad and the rest of your great family, along with beloved dogs Bullet and Pepe………always….

Nancy Mraz

June 6, 2020, 11:27 am

Susan and family, So sorry for your loss. I worked with Bill at St Thomas. After he moved to Florida he kept in touch thru e mails. When he came up for his class reunion he stopped by my house which I was so grateful for. He will be missed by all.

Jim & Vicki Herman

June 7, 2020, 12:47 am

Bicycle Bill I’ll miss our discussions about our dogs and bikes. Your riding with tail winds now.

Elliot Houser

June 7, 2020, 1:25 am

Susan, Mary and the entire family. I am so sorry to hear that Billy passed on. He was a year behind me at DCS but I remember what a Hell raiser he was in school. My condolences to all.

Carol Graudons

June 9, 2020, 7:07 pm

I am sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. Bill was my cousin. His mom and my father were siblings. I do not remember him. However my brother Terry Graudons Sr. spoke of him. Terry passed away on 11-02-19 (age 73). I never knew he and his family resided in Gloversville. Terry and myself lived there at the same time. May his family and friends find peace during this difficult time.

Rich Borst

June 13, 2020, 12:32 pm

I was sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. His mother and my mother were friends and I spent a great deal of time with him. I remember skiing with him and going to Canada Lake to their camp.

Rich Borst

June 13, 2020, 12:35 pm

Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our mothers were friends and we spent a great deal I timetime together in our youth

Eleanor Polivka

June 18, 2020, 6:26 pm

Dear Susan: I was so sorry to read of Bill’s passing…it’s been so many years since we have had any contact…Lost track of so much of the family when we moved in 1971…with the help of computers, I have found Anne’s family…I would love to reconnect and hear about you and your family. I was shocked to see that you lived in Vero Beach…we lived in Palm Bay for 22 years. Pauline and I are the only two left in our generation……I am on Facebook, hope we can get together if only online. I am in Dover, De. to be closer to Jan…Again, my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Aunt Eleanor

Eleanor Polivka

June 18, 2020, 6:38 pm

Dear Susan: Sent a message previously but I don’t think it went through…I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing…I lost touch with so much of the family when we moved from Salisbury in 197l…was shocked to see you live in Vero Beach…we were in Palm Bay for 22 years. Now in Dover, De. to be closer to Jan. Recently have been hearing from Anne’s family…everyone grew up so fast. I would love to hear about you and your family. Pauline and I are the only ones left of our generation…I am on FaceBook if you want to connect. Hope to hear from you… deepest sympathy on the passing of Bill. Aunt Eleanor

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