Andre Anthony Schnapp



Memorial Contributions

SunDog Kennel

9504 E Bingham Rd

Traverse City, MI 49684


 Andre Schnapp Memorial fund

at Northport Creek Golf Course

355 West 8th St

Northport, MI 49670

The universe received a beautiful soul on May 6, 2021, Andre Anthony Schnapp (age 38). Andre was born December 8, 1982 in Niles, Michigan, the son of Vernon Reynolds and Julia Schnapp.

Andre grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he attended Catholic Central High school from which he graduated in 2001.  He moved to Traverse City to be with his partner, and love, Allison Merrill in 2004, where they lived with Allison’s mother, Louann, (“Madre” as they affectionately called her) and brother, Cody, until 2011.

In 2011, their love of dogs and entrepreneurial spirit prompted them to purchase SunDog Kennel in Bingham Township.  The intentional devotion Andre embodied in his personal relationships carried over to the kennel, where he attentively cared for their client’s dogs, fostering a successful business alongside Allison.  They also gathered quite a family of personal dogs, including several Allison adopted, despite Andre’s opposition that later became “his”.

Andre loved the water and could often be found fishing or anchored at the “Sheppy” sandbar with his beloved canine friends in tow.  Andre’s warm smile and playful sense of humor lit up every room he entered, and his infectious laughter and intelligent conversation could bring it together.  Andre was also a natural born athlete.  Whether it was his prowess in baseball, garnering him attention from recruiters straight out of high school, or his 4 handicap on the golf course (“2 handicap on a good day” as he would say) or his explosion onto the disc golf scene as one of the area’s top players, or a run of strikes at the bowling alley.  No matter the arena, his nurturing competitive spirit, coupled with his easy mojo was revered.  Andre always made sure everyone was having a good time.  Perhaps his most natural ability though, was his knack for cultivating friendships.  He chose carefully where and with whom he spent his time, but also held a kind, respectful candor for any stranger.  Once he brought you into his fold, he never let you go.  Although headstrong and sometimes downright stubborn, his love for his friends and family was unwavering, always showing up at the right time and place to bring perspective, laughter, comfort, or simply joy.  Andre never said no to a friend in need, whether it was offering help with physical tasks, or simply being there when you needed to talk, even if that meant a late-night phone call that lasted into the wee hours.  His grounded presence had a way of making you feel safe and supported.

To know Andre, was to know unconditional love and he was loved in kind.  Although his family and friends grieve the passage of a beautiful soul, his story will live on in the hearts of many.

He is survived by his mother, Julia Schnapp; father, Vernon Reynolds; son, Aiden Patrick; life partner, Allison Merrill; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.  And an endless list of friends too numerous to name.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ceroy Reynolds Sr. (1987); Emma Reynolds (1993); maternal grandparents, Maxine Schnapp (2012), Anthony Schnapp (2013).

Andre’s Up North friends will begin receiving condolences on Thursday, May 13 at Martinson Funeral Home at 115 N. St. Joseph St. Suttons Bay, MI 49682 from 4 – 8 PM.

A second viewing in Grand Rapids will take place on Friday, May 14 at O’Brien Gerst Funeral Home at 3980 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 from 4 – 8 PM.  Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will begin at 7:30 PM.  {To ensure the protection of our loved ones and prevent the spread of the coronavirus, all current COVID 19 protocols will be in place.}

A funeral mass will take place at 11 AM on Saturday, May 15 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 151 Garfield Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.  Andre’s cremated remains will be interred at St Mary Cemetery in Lake Leelanau at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SunDog Kennel or to the Andre Schnapp Memorial fund at Northport Creek Golf Course.

Please share condolences with Andre’s family and friends at or at,  Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Leelanau.

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17 Responses

  1. Forever in our hearts and prayers. A soul gone too soon. I will always remember your smile and willingness to make others happy. RIP Andre you are loved.

  2. Sending love and prayers your way. Praying God will give you strength and peace. Love you, Julia! Rest in God’s loving arms, Andre.

  3. So sorry for your loss, Jules! He was a special young man. Love you, Karla

  4. Julia,

    You and your family are in our prayers. My God wrap his loving arms around you.

  5. there are no words of consolation in the loss of a son my deepest condolences on behalf of your student dilan and family

  6. Our Hearts Break for you Miss Schnapp. Our prayers go out to you. May Andre Rest in God’s Peace.

    Julia and Tim Price and all the rest

  7. My heart breaks for you, Julia. May your son rest in peace in the merciful heart of Jesus – and may you find consolation in it.

  8. My heart breaks for you Miss Schnapp. I am so sorry for this unimaginable loss. You are in my thoughts and in my heart. Love always.

  9. Sending my condolences and prayers to Julis and Vernon during this time. Andre will be missed- he was my little brother. I love you guys.

  10. Julia, & Vernon, I am so sorry to hear of such sad news. Our family sends you our sympathy. I believe he is walking with God, Crystal and the rest of his family in heaven. Know that God is holding you during this very sad time.

  11. Dear Julia, with a wish from the heart that you will find peace in the caring of those who walk with you through this difficult time. Thinking of you, Deacon Carlos and Victoria Gutierrez

  12. Praying for peace, strength, and comfort. Keep the faith- Bruce, Jen, Alexis, Meghan and Maleia Hartman

  13. Sending my condolences and a cyber hug to you Julia and Vernon from St. Louis. Andre was a sweetheart when I first met him. May God be pleased with him. May you find peace during your time of bereavement!!

  14. Dear Miss Schnapp,

    You will always have a very special place in the hearts of The Sullivans. Your kindness, caring, and devotion to our sons have shaped the men that we treasure. We deeply mourn the loss of your precious Andre and wish that we had had the privilege of knowing such a Bright Light before he departed this Good Green Earth. Just reading his heartfelt tribute left me with a glimmer of just how unique a man he was. I will be lighting my special candle and praying for you and your family.

    Sending my heartfelt condolences,

    Roz Sullivan
    Noble CC ‘2009
    Alain CC 2016

  15. Julia – My heart breaks for you and your family. In my efforts to find an e-mail address for you, I came across Andre’s obituary, and my heart sunk.

    My search was put into motion with the sad news about the 2 students at SJDA. Matthew went to school there for 2 years, so I checked SJDA web site to see if any of his teachers were still there. To my surprise I found you! But couldn’t find a SJDA e-mail for you. So thinking I might find a personal FB or e-mail address on a Google search, I came across Andre’s obituary.

    Please know I will pray tonight for Andre and your family and for the SJDA community. The last 12 months I’m sure have been the most difficult to navigate. I so wish my word could bring comfort and peace, but I truly don’t even know where to begin. Hugs yo you.

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