Lois L. Schnabel, Evansville, WI (1929-2014)

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

August 19, 1929 - June 11, 2014

Lois L. Schnabel, 84, of Evansville, WI, died June 11, 2014, at the New Glarus Home with her children and her grandchildren at her side. She had struggled for several years with Alzheimer's disease.

Lois was born in Frederick, SD, on Aug. 19, 1929, to William W. and Charlotte Mae (Pew) Ashbaugh. She grew up there in a large, close-knit family of 12 children and graduated from Frederick High School in 1947.

It was at a Frederick High School dance that Lois, her sister, Mary, and friend, Vera, met three Schnabel brothers: Ruben, Walter and Leo. The three couples all went on to marry. Lois and Ruben Schnabel were married in Webster, SD, on April 20, 1949, and just recently observed their 65th wedding anniversary.

Lois and Ruben lived in many states during the early years of their marriage including Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Montana, and South Dakota, before settling in Evansville, in 1959, following Lois' parents. Lois spent most of her adult life at home lovingly raising her children and later worked at Wisconsin Physician's Service in Madison, for 15 years.

Lois was, above all, a warm and loving mother and grandmother to her six children and seven grandchildren. She was an amazing cook and always kept her family and friends very well fed. She loved country music, and she and Ruben enjoyed dancing. She was quick to make friends, had a beautiful smile, a hearty laugh, and a special ability to comfort those around her. Those lucky enough to get to know Lois would say she was one of the nicest, genuinely good-hearted people in this world.

Lois is survived by her husband, Ruben of Evansville; her six children and their families: Barbara Schnabel and her son, Vincent Priekstas of Ithaca, NY; Donna Kimberley and her husband, Richard of Evansville, and their children, Carly and Ryan; David Schnabel of Evansville; Janet Schnabel and her daughter, Jeri of Albany, WI; Robert (Bobby) Schnabel and his wife, Lisa of Evansville, and their daughter, Jena; Penny Schmidt and her husband, Ken of Camas, WA, and their children, Liam and Natalie Fitzgerald and Tyler and Ally Schmidt. Lois also leaves behind two sisters, Genevieve Fellows of Whitewater, WI, and Klee (Dave) Randolph of Marshall, WI; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the WARD-HURTLEY FUNERAL HOME, EVANSVILLE, with Reverend Kyung-Sook "Sue" Lee of the United Methodist Church, Evansville, officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Evansville. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the New Glarus Home for their loving care of Lois these last few years. Condolences may be expressed at Wardhurtley.com


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