Bernice Catherine Schneider, 90, a resident of Fond du Lac, passed away August 26, 2016 at Harbor Haven Health and Rehabilitation Center, Fond du Lac.
She was born June 4, 1926 in Fond du Lac, a daughter of the late Charles and Hedwig “Hattie” Wirkus Pable.
On January 28, 1947 she married David Elmer Schneider at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Fond du Lac.
Bernice was a member of Holy Family Parish, Pax Christi, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She was an active volunteer at the St. Francis Home and often sang in the choir.
Bernice and Dave were the coordinators and instructors of the Religious Education Programs at St. Louis Parish for many years. They were involved in many social justice issues and marched in Milwaukee with Fr. Groppi on behalf of civil rights.
Survivors include three sons, John David (Jay Peschman) Schneider of Milwaukee, Charles (Ellen Penfield-Schneider) Schneider of Fond du Lac, and William Schneider of Waukesha, two daughters, Mary (Charles) Bares of Elkhart Lake, and Ruth (Bill) Olig of Fond du Lac, 12 grandchildren, Holly (Brian) Rabe, Elizabeth Schneider and Phillip Schneider, Gregory Schneider, Eliot Bares, Nathan (Kristi) Bares, Aaron Bares and Colin Bares, Claire Olig, David (Norah) Olig, Timothy (Sarah) Olig and Nicholas Olig, 15 great-grandchildren, Jack, Eliza and Charlotte, Dakota and Aurora, Grace and Grant, Kaden, Stephanie, Paul and Justin, Anna, Ally, Adah and Winnie. She is further survived by a brother, Fr. Martin Pable, O.F.M. Cap. of Milwaukee, a sister-in-law, Mary Pable of Fond du Lac, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a faithful friend, Helen Cutler of Fond du Lac.
She was preceded in death by her husband David on August 24, 1998, two sisters, Mary Rose Galloway and Lucille More, one brother, Lawrence Pable.
Visitation: Visitation will be held on Wednesday August 31, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the St. Francis Home Chapel, 33 Everett Street, Fond du Lac.
Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 PM on Wednesday at the St. Francis Home Chapel. Rev. Martin Pable O.F.M. Cap., her brother will officiate. Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Fond du Lac.
Memorials in her name may be directed to the House of Peace, Capuchin Community Services, PO Box 05830, Milwaukee, WI 53205-0830 or the Alzheimer’s Association.
The family extends a huge thank-you to the staff at Harbor Haven Health and Rehabilitation Center for their many years of care and compassion.
“Mom was always compassionate and generous, was intelligent with a quick wit – a lover of the arts and beloved of her children.”
Zacherl Funeral Home is serving the family. www.zacherlfuneralhome.com