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 millenniumcremationservice.com to share a story or leave a condolence. Memorial contributions can be sent to Hospice of the Treasure Coast (vnatc.org); Bainbridge Decatur County Humane Society, which rescued Jack (bainbridgehumanesociety.com); 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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