Mrs. Marcella A. (May) Schneider, age 90, of Rockford, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2011. She was raised in Sparta during the Depression.
Marcella had a good childhood and could remember making food for those in need. After graduating from Sparta High School in 1939, she worked as a nanny and helped with the homemaking.
Marcella noticed when a gentleman by the name of Fritz May from a family of 12 children drove a John Deere tractor by her family’s home. The first time Marcella met his family, they spoke German; Fritz had to remind them to speak English. In 1942 Marcella and Fritz were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wright. They were blessed with six children.
Marcella was a wonderful mother who was a talented seamstress who made her children’s clothing and also a wedding dress. She was a great cook who made delicious potato salad and tasty cinnamon rolls. Marcella also worked full-time for John Thomas Batts. After Fritz died, she later married Ivan Schneider, a former neighbor. She enjoyed golfing, needle work, and wintering in Florida. Her crocheted afghans have become cherished gifts for her family.
Marcella is survived by her children, Joyce and Walt Wagner, Larry and Carol May, Bernard and Roxann May, Karen and Pat Hartwick; stepchildren, Rev. Ron Schneider, Mary Ann and Bob Benham, Bob and Kathy Schneider, Steven and Terri Schneider, Jane and Joe Jonitas, Judy and Bob Dietrich, Rita and Joe Nowak; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Joan Schneider; 31 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; sister, Thelma Jean Hinebeck; in-laws, Carl and Eleanor May, Evie May, and Bernice Schneider; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Fritz May and Ivan Schneider; her brother, Jack Spaulding; her children, Freddy May, Ron May; stepson, Dan Schneider; her brother, Jack Spaulding.
The mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Schneider was offered on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with Rev. Ron Schneider presiding. Interment was in St. Francis Cemetery in Conklin. The Rosary was prayed at 8:30 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Alzheimer’s Association, 2944 Fuller Ave. NE, Suite 101, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Jane Hilton Mealy was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. She attended Bradford Junior College and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She returned to Bangor, where she met and married J. Judson Mealy in 1950. Over the course of the next 55 years of marriage, Jane and Jud raised four daughters and lived in Garden City, N.Y., Sandusky, Ohio, Indianapolis, Ind., and East Grand Rapids, Mich. Two years ago, Jane moved to Portland, Ore. from Rockford, Mich., where she and Jud had lived since 1986. She departed this life on Saturday, November 19, 2011, in Portland, Ore., surrounded by her four daughters.
Jane was a quietly creative force in a multitude of service-related volunteer activities in every community in which she resided. In Rockford, that included being on the board of Krause Memorial Library and many hours at the North Kent Community Services, as well as dedicated service within the Episcopal Church and active membership in Collector’s Club.
Her daughters and their families treasure the memory of Jane and Jud dancing to the music of Benny Goodman—her feet barely touched the ground. Also treasured are memories of daily walks in many places and any kind of weather. Watercolor painting, golf, and gardening were other favorite outdoor pastimes.
Jane’s artistic gifts and commitment to serving her family and the larger community sustained her during her life. Her paintings will sustain those she leaves behind, continuing to show us a lyrical and beautiful way to look at the world. She will be missed.
Private services were held in Portland, Ore. An open house for friends and family will be held at the home of Linda and Karl Koivisto, 231 South Main Street, Rockford, Mich., on Saturday, December 17, 2011, from noon to 4 p.m. All who knew and loved Jane are welcome. There will also be a celebration of Jane’s life in the spring in Maine. Contributions in her name may be sent to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Boothbay, Maine), St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Krause Memorial Library or the North Kent Community Services (Rockford, Mich.).