Albert Joseph Schnarwyler, Jr., 93, of Daleville, Virginia, formerly of Hot Springs, Virginia, passed away Monday, June 20, 2022, at the Carrington Cottage Memory Care Center in Daleville.

He was born July 4, 1929, in Lucerne, Switzerland, the son of the late Albert Joseph Schnarwyler, Sr.  and Maria Spandora Schnarwyler.

Mr. Scharwyler worked at the Hotel St. Gothard in Zurich and the Schwanen Restaurant in Lucerne. In 1950 he became the Sauce Cook at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. He later worked for the Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, New York’s Ambassador Hotel, The Gotham Hotel and the Sheraton East Ambassador Hotel all in New York. In 1961 he went to Tel Aviv, Israel to the Sheraton as the Executive Chef before returning to the United States in 1962 where he became the Executive Chef for the Homestead Resort with over 40 years of service. During that time, he published a cookbook entitled “Dining at the Homestead”.

He was a veteran of both the Swiss Army and the United States Army.

He was married to the late Maxine Marie May Schnarwyler who preceded him in death on June 14, 2006.

He is survived by his daughter, Amanda Schnarwyler Harold and husband Zach; three grandchildren, Baylor Marie Harold, Grayson Miller Harold, and Bridger Mclean Harold; a sister, Ruthly Oberli of Lucerne; nieces and nephews Marcel and Rita; and special friend Barbara.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2022, at Emory United Methodist Church Cemetery with Father Steve McNally officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Carrington Cottage Memory Care Center, 270 Commons Parkway, Daleville, Virginia 24083.


  1. So sorry to hear about Chef Albert. He was a wonderful man and I will always remember him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Albert was a most gracious and kind man. For the 13 years I have been here as pastor in Fincastle , VA he remembered my birthday, Ordination Anniversary and Christmas! He introduced me to some truly fine dining locally and regaled me with stories of his native Switzerland and his career as a Master Chef! He served honorably in both the Swiss Army and the United States Army. His faith was very important to him and I feel blessed to be able to bid him farewell as we lay his earthly remains to rest close to his dear Maxine. May Albert’s soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. Heiliger Albert der Große, betet für uns!

  3. We’ll miss ya Chef

    • To a great man with a big heart and an awesome passion for his craft. RIP Chef!!

  4. Heaven has gained such an amazing and kind man we will miss dearly. We love you Chef Albert.

  5. I remember your Father and Mother both…I’m sorry for your loss Amanda. Your Father was Amazing and I’m sure very proud of you!

  6. Amanda & Family, we are so sorry to hear about Albert’s passing. You know how much we loved Maxine, your Dad and family. Please know our prayers and thoughts are with everyone. Hope to see you in the near future! Love, Fred, Marty & Family

    • Hello Fred & Marty, I hope this brief note finds you well. This is Fred & Penny Anthony. We have been trying to reconnect with you. Please call us at 702.497.4183 (Fred’s Mobil) look forward to catching up. God Bless!

  7. Au revoir mon Ami, cela fut pour vous une tres longue journee, toujours de gentillesse
    , et d’un superbe achievement Culinaire, RIP CHEF Albert. Pierre

    • Pierre, I hope you are well. Please call me at 702.497.4183. Let reconnect and catch-up, God Bless, Fred Anthony


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