The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 9, 2008


Harold M. Shneider

A master craftsman

Harold (Hal) Meyer Shneider, 86, of Stearns Street, died on April 29 at Emerson Hospital, Concord, after two heart attacks, followed by a lengthy illness.

Hal was the son of the late Fannie (Levin) and William Shneider of Harrison, New York. Hal’s mother reported that at an early age her son showed engineering talents by undoing the screws to his crib. When his aunt bought him an erector set, he went about unscrewing everything he could find in the family’s apartment. In high school, he exhibited strength both in art and engineering and was encouraged by his parents to go in the direction of the sciences. He skipped two grades and, at the age of 16, he enrolled at Cooper Union College in Manhattan.

Upon graduating from college with a degree in engineering, Hal went to Officer Candidate School in Chicago and became an Ensign in the Navy. He was sent to the South Pacific towards the end of WWII, and when the war ended, he was in charge of decommissioning five ships.

In 1946, Hal met Bea Schaffer at a Jewish USO dance in San Diego. Three weeks later, the two were married in a small wedding ceremony with only family members in attendance, following which the couple returned to New York to make their home.

Hal worked for many years at Honeywell Corporation, where he developed and patented a number of electro-mechanical devices for computers and test stations. The family moved from New York to Stamford, Connecticut, and then on to Weston, Massachusetts, where they lived for 13 years.

After a short stay in Edmond, Oklahoma, Hal and Bea moved back to Massachusetts in 1975 and to their new home on Bingham Road in Carlisle. Once retired from Honeywell, Hal consulted for Digital Equipment Corporation.

Wherever Hal lived, he always had a basement workshop at home. He was known for being a master craftsman, as well as an artist and an engineer. Hal could do any kind of creative project – make rugs, upholster furniture, tear down and build walls, create cabinets or design tables with ornate tile inlay.

The years in Carlisle were a new chapter in Hal’s life. He did volunteer work for the town, carving over 100 wooden signs for town trails and creating a stained glass window on the second floor of Town Hall. He also helped build the elementary school playground.

At the Mosquito, Hal did layout, collected graphics and put them in the text by hand in the days before computers. He drew many clear and useful maps to accompany land-related articles. At Mosquito parties and get-togethers, Hal was known for his delicious potato latkes. He was a highly devoted and respected member of the Mosquito staff.

Hal will be remembered as a loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend. He lived a long and productive life.

He is survived by his wife Beatrice of Stearns Street; daughters Claire Asarnow and her husband Elliot and daughters Rachel and Jenny of Maplewood, New Jersey; Deborah Smith and her husband Stephen of Maynard, and their two sons Zachary and Jesse; Celia Fairweather and her husband Mark and their son Nicholas of Lincoln; son Joshua Shneider and his wife Rosemary Moore and their daughters Faye and Violet of Brooklyn, New York.

A funeral was held on Friday morning, May 2, at the Concord Funeral Home with a military graveside service following at Green Cemetery.


Sarah Stuart weds Scott Kiernan



Sarah Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of Lynn and Peter Stuart of School Street, and Scott Eric Kiernan, son of Linda and David Kiernan of Littleton, were married on September 8, 2007 in the Italian Garden of the Crane Estate at Castle Hill in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The marriage ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Eugene Widrick, Minister Emeritus of the First Religious Society in Carlisle. The reception was held at the Great House at Castle Hill. Wedding guests with close ties to Carlisle included bridesmaids Amanda Beavers Gerby, Andrea Stack and Isabel Walsh, as well as members of their families, Robyn Beavers, Linda and Alex Beavers, Diane Stack, Kathleen O’Hara and Malcolm Walsh.

Sarah graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School and Gettysburg College. She received a law degree from New England School of Law in Boston in 2006. She recently completed a two-year clerkship with the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. In May, Sarah will join the Acton law firm of Graham & Harsip, P.C. where she will practice as a domestic relations attorney.

Scott graduated from Littleton High School and the University of Massachusetts. He received his master’s in Business Administration degree, cum laude, from Boston University in 2006. He is employed by Fidelity Investments as a research analyst.

The couple traveled to Italy for their honeymoon where they spent time in Florence, Tuscan hill towns, the Amalfi Coast and Rome. They currently live in Acton.

Bob Luoma (second from left) is honored at the Democrats’ annual breakfast. Shown left to right are Susan Stamps, Luoma, Senator John Kerry and Tom Larkin. (Courtesy photo)

• Robert Luoma of Palmer Way was honored by the Third Middlesex Area Democrats for his efforts to protect the environment. The annual breakfast, with the theme Think Green, was held Saturday, April 26. Senator John Kerry was the honored speaker. Susan Stamps of Cross Street, co-chair of the Carlisle Democratic Committee, and Tom Larkin, chair of the Third Middlesex Area Democrats, presented the award. Senator Pam Resor received a special award for her life-long work in environmental issues. Luoma has been active in creating the Carlisle Climate Action Network. He is a board member of the Mass. Climate Action Network.

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