FORT ATKINSON

Lydia M. Schneider

Feb. 9, 1923 - Sept. 13, 2008

Lydia M. Schneider, 85, of Fort Atkinson, went to her heavenly home Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.

Lydia Mathilda Splett was born to Wilhelmina (nee Strunk) and Gustav Splett on Feb. 9, 1923, in Almena. She attended Pewaukee High School where she was elected prom queen in 1940 and graduated in 1941.

Lydia married Harold O. Schneider on Nov. 19, 1942. During their early marriage, Lydia worked at Allis Chalmers for the war effort. They moved to Fort Atkinson in 1946, where together they owned and operated a construction business building many custom homes in the area. At retirement in 1974, they moved to Pueblo West, Colo., returning to Fort Atkinson in 1981. Harold preceded her in death Feb. 4, 1997.

Lydia enjoyed spending time with her family and loved serving in her church. She was a member of the Dorcas Society at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church. In 2004, she wrote a memoir of her life titled "My Name Wasn’t Always Grandma." This treasured gift has allowed her family to share her memories and life with future generations in her words. Through her quiet strength and never-ending faith, Lydia has taught her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren important life lessons, values they will pass on to their children.

Lydia is survived by her three children, Dianna (Lee) Pitzner of Watertown, Daryl (Linda) Schneider of Fort Atkinson and Dave (Jane) Schneider of Cambridge; 11 grandchildren, Matthew (Crystal) Pitzner and Scott (Heidi) Pitzner of Jefferson, Jennifer Pitzner of Watertown, Brett (Kathy) Pitzner of Lake Mills, Darren Pitzner of Milwaukee, Dustin (Kelly) Schneider, a U.S. Marine Corps serving in Iraq, Rachel (Mitch) Crim of Poplar Grove, Ill., Michelle Altenburg of Middleton, Catie Schneider of Fort Atkinson and Sam and Joe Schneider of Cambridge; and 11 great-grandchildren, Cajin, Jacob, Amber, Billy, Hunter, Alex, Christian, Harrison, Gavin, Mason and Caleigh. Lydia is further survived by her sister, Eleanor Buchs of Delavan; sister-in-law, Ethel Becker of Jefferson; her brother- and sister-in-law, Russell and Hilda Schneider of Aurora, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and three sisters.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Rainbow Hospice for their loving care and comforts during Lydia’s last weeks.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 16, at Dunlap Memorial Home, 604 S. Main St., Fort Atkinson. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, 404 Roosevelt St., Fort Atkinson. A lunch will be provided at the church following the burial at Evergreen Cemetery, 1105 Main St., Fort Atkinson.

Memorials may be made to Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church of Fort Atkinson.

Dunlap Memorial Home, (920) 563-2575, is serving the family.