Jean A. “Snooks” (Fratzke) Schneider, age 95, of Winona, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021, at Sauer Health Care, following a short illness.
She was born on January 25, 1926, in Winona, the only child of William and Verna (Ristuben) Fratzke, and was a graduate of Winona Senior High School.
Jean was united in marriage with the love of her life, John J. Schneider, on June 25, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Winona. John was an investigator for the Winona County Sheriff’s Department who was tragically killed in the line of duty on September 7, 1980.
Prior to raising her family, Jean was employed for 11 years with Watkins in Winona and was a member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
Jean will be remembered as a dedicated homemaker – her house and yard were always immaculate. She remembered fondly her motorcycle rides with John, and as a loving wife, mom, and grandma, she cherished the time that she spent with her family. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Jean is lovingly survived by her children: Lori (Jon) Meyer, and Tim (Joanne) Schneider; grandchildren: Scott (Wendy) Meyer, Ricky (Tanya) Meyer, John (Mackenzie) Schneider, II, Joseph (Trisha) Schneider, and Lexi Schneider; great-grandchildren: Griffin, Quincy, Landon, Zachary, Ariana, Kylie, Eric, and Brendon; as well as other relatives and friends. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and her beloved pug, Charlie.
Visitation will be held from 10 AM until the funeral service at 11 AM on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, 376 East Sarnia Street, Winona. Deacon Justin Green will officiate.
Jean will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Present and retired members of the Winona County Sheriff’s Department will serve as pallbearers.
The family respectfully asks that memorials be directed to the John Schneider Scholarship Fund c/o the Winona County Sheriff’s Department, 201 W. 3rd Street, Winona, MN 55987.
Online condolences of memories may be left for Jean’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.
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