Shane Meder Obituary: A Life Well-Lived, Well-Loved, And Gone Too Soon
Shane Meder passed away surrounded by his best friends and loving husband, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Shane was born in 1961 in Greenville, S.C., the grandson of Dutch descendants. He was preceded in death by his father William “Bill” Frederick Meder, who passed away in 2014; his mother Dorothy “Dot” Meder, who passed away in 2011; and his brother Robert “Bobby” Cecil Meder. Shane is survived by the love of his life, his husband, best friend, and partner in all things, Don Schoenberger; his dogs, Jon Morgan and Margot; his niece Deshia Ann Leonhirth; and literally thousands of beloved friends, clients and colleagues.
Shane graduated from Greenville High, where he was the editor of the high school yearbook, voted best dressed, and led the colorguard. Even as he turned 60 this year, he could still rock a flag and rifle routine!
Shane left Greenville for Atlanta to pursue a career in interior design, and he quickly became one of the most sought-after designers in the Southeast, appearing in numerous magazines and hosting his own television show, Creating Style with Shane Meder. He and Don dedicated their work-life to creating the renowned Black Sheep Interiors and building a team they love. Black Sheep Interiors is well-known and well-loved throughout hundreds of neighborhoods in and around Atlanta and Lake Oconee; and everywhere from London to Amsterdam to Massachusetts to California to Florida. Shane and Black Sheep are perhaps most distinguished for their unique “Reveals,” for their thousands of clients, it is always beyond their imagination.
Shane and Black Sheep Interiors have received recognition in nearly every design category, including Designer Choice Award from Atlanta Design Community, Lake Oconee Living Best Interior Designer 3 years in a row.
Shane and Don are also known for their generosity and support of many causes, including: The Orange Duffel Bag Initiative, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, and Habitat for Humanity of Greene County. Shane served on the Board of St. Mary’s Hospital, a position he considered as one of the highest honors.
Shane loved cruising Lake Oconee on their boat, The Royal Penguin; designing, watering, and strolling through his garden; early mornings in solitude, relaxing in his spool; creating poignant social media posts and video memories; and sharing stories and songs that made you laugh or cry.
Shane’s focus in his life was his husband and their four-legged children; his dedication to his friends and so many he called family; and his above-and-beyond commitment to his clients. Not surprising to anyone who knew him, Shane’s clients stayed with him long after an installation, becoming long-time friends.
He leaves behind many loved ones who were blessed to know him and to have been the recipient of his wit, wisdom, stories, talents, kindness and generosity.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Orange Duffel Bag Initiative, www.theODBI.org; St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, www.stmaryshealthcaresystem.org; and Habitat for Humanity, www.habitatgreene.net
We will miss Shane greatly and we will hold him steadfastly in our hearts and in our memories.
The Schoenberger/Meder Family
Services will be held Friday, June 18, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. at Sandy Creek Barn, 1580 Hatchers Run, Greensboro, GA 30642 and a Celebration of Shane’s life will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Sandy Creek Barn. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.
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