Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Neal J. Schneider Funeral Director/Owner

Neal is the 5th generation of the Schneider Family to become a funeral director. Neal attended UW Rock County and UW Whitewater and is a 2005 graduate of the MATC School of Mortuary Science. He served his apprenticeship at Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Janesville, and had also worked at Becker Ritter Funeral Home in Brookfield until returning to Janesville upon graduation.  In 2015, Neal joined the partnership with his father and grandfather, and when Neal's grandfather retired in 2016, he became partners with his father William Schneider.  Neal later purchased the remaining share of the funeral home from his father in April of 2019 when William retired. When not working Neal enjoys motorcycles, snowmobiles, and boating.

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Aaron Kerr Funeral Director

Hi there!  My name is Aaron and I appreciate you taking the time to read this to get to know my backstory a little better.   I was born in Rockford, Illinois on a cold fall morning; the son of Rev. Dr. William R. Kerr, Sr. and Diane (Johnson) Kerr.  Both of my parents were heavily involved in funeral service during my entire life, as my father had his Doctorate in bereavement and served families regularly in the transition and celebration for people who were dealing with a loss.  My mom is a very talented beautician and has worked for a well-respected funeral home in the area now for the past 50 years.  I regularly tagged along on their trips to the funeral homes, and eventually found myself being called upon to play my bagpipes at funerals regularly. In 2010, I enrolled at the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, and received my funeral director and embalmers license in 2011.  Since then, I’ve been called on by the Schneider Family on a consistent basis, to play my pipes for the families of the greater Janesville area, which has always been an absolute honor for me.  In January of 2018, Bill and Neal Schneider gave me the invitation to serve the Janesville community as a director and arranger for the Funeral Home, and I’ve loved it here ever since.  My wife, Katie; and our three boys: Keiran, Ronan, and Malcolm; and even our dog, Mabel, enjoy spending our time outside whenever possible; especially tent camping.  We have a weekend getaway in La Valle, and really look forward to Friday Fish and pull tabs when we get there.  Outside of my time at the funeral home, I am honored to serve as the Duty Piper for Janesville Police Department, and I also enjoy participating in bagpipe competitions in the greater Midwest area and even Canada.  It’s an honor to be in this position to help serve the families of Janesville and provide a well-suited option for the people they love so dearly.

 

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Andi Emmel Funeral Director/Director of Cremation Services

Andi is a Janesville native, graduating from Craig High School in 1982. He served four years of active duty in the U.S. Army as a helicopter mechanic and later, after earning a Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice through Central Texas College, 20 years as a trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol, retiring in 2014. He then earned an Associate's Degree in Funeral Service in 2015, through Milwaukee Area Technical College. He has been employed by Schneider Funeral Home since 2006; full time since 2015. He has two wonderful children, Aaron and Lindsay, and enjoys boating and traveling.

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Emily C. Leifer Funeral Director/ Care Center Specialist

Emily is a Care Center Specialist, with CANA certification (Cremation Association of North America), whose passion is taking care of your loved one. She obtained an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2012. Emily joined the staff of Schneider Funeral Home in 2016 and has over 12 years of funeral home experience. Emily and her husband, Nick have been together for 15 years and have a beautiful Shiba Inu named Momo. When relaxing, she enjoys being with family, monthly board game nights, and singing. She has a strong desire to travel the world and especially loved Japan and Ireland.

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Andy Snow Funeral Arranger

Andy Snow, a lifelong resident of the Janesville area, graduated from the Parker High School in 1996. He then served his country in the U.S. Navy. Following active duty, he studied at UW-Rock County and UW-Platteville where he earned a Bachelor’s in elementary education. After graduation Andy taught preschool for 7 years in Milton, WI. He later worked as a case manager helping homeless veterans gain income and find housing for 4 years.  Andy joined the Schneider Funeral Home family in November of 2019, and is dedicated to serving families in need for their loved ones. He and his daughter, Madalyne, are members of the Rock Aqua Jays, and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Neal J. Schneider

Funeral Director/Owner
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Neal is the 5th generation of the Schneider Family to become a funeral director. Neal attended UW Rock County and UW Whitewater and is a 2005 graduate of the MATC School of Mortuary Science. He served his apprenticeship at Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Janesville, and had also worked at Becker Ritter Funeral Home in Brookfield until returning to Janesville upon graduation.  In 2015, Neal joined the partnership with his father and grandfather, and when Neal's grandfather retired in 2016, he became partners with his father William Schneider.  Neal later purchased the remaining share of the funeral home from his father in April of 2019 when William retired. When not working Neal enjoys motorcycles, snowmobiles, and boating.

Aaron Kerr

Funeral Director
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Hi there!  My name is Aaron and I appreciate you taking the time to read this to get to know my backstory a little better.   I was born in Rockford, Illinois on a cold fall morning; the son of Rev. Dr. William R. Kerr, Sr. and Diane (Johnson) Kerr.  Both of my parents were heavily involved in funeral service during my entire life, as my father had his Doctorate in bereavement and served families regularly in the transition and celebration for people who were dealing with a loss.  My mom is a very talented beautician and has worked for a well-respected funeral home in the area now for the past 50 years.  I regularly tagged along on their trips to the funeral homes, and eventually found myself being called upon to play my bagpipes at funerals regularly. In 2010, I enrolled at the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, and received my funeral director and embalmers license in 2011.  Since then, I’ve been called on by the Schneider Family on a consistent basis, to play my pipes for the families of the greater Janesville area, which has always been an absolute honor for me.  In January of 2018, Bill and Neal Schneider gave me the invitation to serve the Janesville community as a director and arranger for the Funeral Home, and I’ve loved it here ever since.  My wife, Katie; and our three boys: Keiran, Ronan, and Malcolm; and even our dog, Mabel, enjoy spending our time outside whenever possible; especially tent camping.  We have a weekend getaway in La Valle, and really look forward to Friday Fish and pull tabs when we get there.  Outside of my time at the funeral home, I am honored to serve as the Duty Piper for Janesville Police Department, and I also enjoy participating in bagpipe competitions in the greater Midwest area and even Canada.  It’s an honor to be in this position to help serve the families of Janesville and provide a well-suited option for the people they love so dearly.

 

Andi Emmel

Funeral Director/Director of Cremation Services
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Andi is a Janesville native, graduating from Craig High School in 1982. He served four years of active duty in the U.S. Army as a helicopter mechanic and later, after earning a Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice through Central Texas College, 20 years as a trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol, retiring in 2014. He then earned an Associate's Degree in Funeral Service in 2015, through Milwaukee Area Technical College. He has been employed by Schneider Funeral Home since 2006; full time since 2015. He has two wonderful children, Aaron and Lindsay, and enjoys boating and traveling.

Emily C. Leifer

Funeral Director/ Care Center Specialist
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Emily is a Care Center Specialist, with CANA certification (Cremation Association of North America), whose passion is taking care of your loved one. She obtained an Associate’s Degree in Mortuary Science from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2012. Emily joined the staff of Schneider Funeral Home in 2016 and has over 12 years of funeral home experience. Emily and her husband, Nick have been together for 15 years and have a beautiful Shiba Inu named Momo. When relaxing, she enjoys being with family, monthly board game nights, and singing. She has a strong desire to travel the world and especially loved Japan and Ireland.

Andy Snow

Funeral Arranger
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Andy Snow, a lifelong resident of the Janesville area, graduated from the Parker High School in 1996. He then served his country in the U.S. Navy. Following active duty, he studied at UW-Rock County and UW-Platteville where he earned a Bachelor’s in elementary education. After graduation Andy taught preschool for 7 years in Milton, WI. He later worked as a case manager helping homeless veterans gain income and find housing for 4 years.  Andy joined the Schneider Funeral Home family in November of 2019, and is dedicated to serving families in need for their loved ones. He and his daughter, Madalyne, are members of the Rock Aqua Jays, and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.