Sigrid Carlsen Schneider, 90, a former resident of Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., passed away after a long illness at her most recent home in Kaufman on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Born on Oct. 22, 1928 in New York City, Sigrid was the daughter (and only child) of the late Sigurd and Sophie Carlsen. During Sigrid’s childhood and teenage years, the Carlsen family lived in various parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Sigrid had vivid memories of the Great Depression, of scrimping and saving. Her father worked full time at Walgreen’s, so Sigrid and her mother spent much time with him only on Sundays, his only day off. She also has many memories of World War II: having a victory garden in Queens, the rationing of most household necessities and the blackout curtains. Sigrid displayed artistic talent in her early life and graduated from the New York School of the Arts in 1946. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and graduated in 1948 with an associates’ degree in fashion design and merchandising.
Sigrid’s professional career (1948-1954) was in the fashion business on New York’s Seventh Avenue where she sketched the latest fashions and assembled the ensembles the models wore in the fashion houses’ shows for department stores. Some of Sigrid’s sketches still survive where they are framed in the homes of her three children. In February 1951, Sigrid attended a Pratt Institute alumni meeting where she caught the eye of William H. Schneider who had graduated from Pratt the same year as Sigrid. Bill and Sigrid were married on Oct. 10, 1953 in West Hempstead, Long Island.
Sigrid was a devoted wife and mother and supported Bill in his career as an electrical engineer with Anaconda Wire & Cable Co. They moved from Long Island to New Jersey where the children grew up. Sigrid was a terrific cook; she could host an elegant company dinner one night and barbecue the following night. Sigrid was also fond of baking, and the family often enjoyed homemade cakes and pies for dessert. She also was an accomplished seamstress, and the clothes Sigrid sewed looked like they were bought at the department store; the children were proud to wear them to school. Sigrid shuttled all three children to various lessons and activities, horseback riding, ice skating, Little League baseball, making sure they had a well rounded childhood.
Sigrid was also active in volunteer activities. In Somerset, N.J., she was a Welcome Wagon lady, was active in the Cedarwood Women’s Club and the PTA. For two years she was president of the local high school PTA. Sigrid returned to the workforce in the 1980s after she and Bill moved to Ramsey, N.J. She worked for the dress wear company Manhattan Industries as a sketch artist, but her most enjoyable working experience in later years was working for a small housewares store, the Happy Cooker, in Ramsey. Sigrid was the right hand to the manager and owner of this high-end housewares boutique and especially enjoyed the buying trips. After Bill’s retirement, they moved to Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. in 1990.
Sigrid and Bill enjoyed the Crystal Coast immensely. While Bill was involved with fishing and golf, Sigrid volunteered with the North Carolina Aquarium, the Newcomers’ Club of Carteret County and the Pine Knoll Shores Garden Club. In later years, they enjoyed visits from the children and grandchildren, with many fond memories of summer visits to the beach and going to the aquarium. Over their years of marriage, Sigrid and Bill traveled extensively, to most of the lower 48 states, Hawaii, to Europe and on cruises, most notably through the Panama Canal. Sigrid’s love of travel and interest in other cultures started as a young adult when she went to Europe with her parents in 1952 (crossing both ways on an ocean liner, not by air). Sigrid visited China in 1999, fulfilling an ambition she’d had since the 1960s when she had taken college courses on Chinese history. Closer to home, Sigrid and Bill were members of First Presbyterian Church in Morehead City and of the Bogue Banks Country Club.
Besides her parents, Sigrid is predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Bill, and a son who died in infancy. She is survived by three children, Corinne Moreno of Raleigh, N.C., Barbara DuPere of Burlington, Vt. and Steven Schneider (Jennie daughter-in-law) of Kaufman, with whom she has lived since May 2015. Sigrid also is survived by five grandchildren, Kimberly Moreno of Charlotte, N.C.; Olivia DuPere of Burlington, Vt.; and Lorna, Erik and Sophie Schneider, all of Kaufman.
To sum it all up, Sigrid is remembered fondly as a loving wife, mother and grandmother by her family. Hers was a life well lived.