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Margaret Schneider

d. December 25, 2010

Margaret Schneider

Funeral Service for Wilbert Sonny Schneider, 85 and Margaret Schneider, 81, both of Wheaton will be held on Friday, December 31, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at Bethlehem Covenant Church in Wheaton, Minnesota with Pastor Tim Shekleton officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 30th from 5:00 P.M. " 7:00 P.M. at Bethlehem Covenant Church. Margaret Julia Schneider was born on April 26th, 1929 to Leonard and Zulma (Valcke) Delmeire in Forsyth, Montana. On October 10th, 1948, Margaret married Ray Ehlers. They farmed near Forsyth, MT for a few years and then moved to rural Tenney, MN where they farmed until Ray Ehlers death in November 1967. Five months after his death Margaret gave birth to their son, Ray W. Ehlers. On July 15th, 1978, Margaret and her 10 yr. old son, Ray, married Wilbert Sonny Schneider, also a farmer, from the Wheaton, MN area. They lived and farmed together for 30 plus years, until Margarets sudden decline due to Alzheimers Disease. Margaret passed away on December 24th, 2010 at the age of 81, at the Traverse Care Center in Wheaton, MN Wilbert Arthur Schneider was born March 6th, 1925 to Jacob and Anna (Dykstra) Schneider in Walls Township, rural Wheaton, MN. He always said that his mother called him Sonny because he was so bright! Wilbert passed away on December 25th, 2010 at the age of 85 at the Golden Living Center in Moorhead, MN, due to numerous health problems, including a recent diagnosis of multiple myeloma, and its various complications, including several fractured vertebrae. Margaret and Sonny were inseparable even in death, as they died only 21 hours apart. In life, they were always with one another! The two of them enjoyed vacations together and were often out bumming to nearby towns, where Sonny frequently took Margaret shopping for cozy blankets and special trinkets for the grandkids. Their only granddaughters, Taylor and Savannah, were their pride and joy, and Grandpa and Grandmas eyes always sparkled and their spirits were lifted when the kids came to town! Competitive games of Monopoly and hide n seek were among some of their favorite pastimes together. Margaret also loved being mom, incessantly feeding her family, baking cookies and cakes, watching westerns, and her lovely petunia garden in front of her house. She will always be known for that farmers cap on her head, her desire to keep warm, and her candid spunk. Sonny enjoyed his beloved dog Chief, tinkering on the farm each day, reading, fishing, singing, cracking jokes, and passing the time with the coffee shop fellas at Homers (Hall of Knowledge). His dedication to the community is evident by his participation in organizations, including 4-H, as both a youth member and an adult leader, his work as treasurer for the local livestock shipping association, as a Wheaton-Dumont Coop Elevator board member, also as a trustee at St. Johns Lutheran Church, and as a 30 plus year Walls Township treasurer. He will always be remembered for his very witty sense of humor, his hard work, and his love of his farm, which in its height included 700 laying hens, 100 plus feeder cattle, 50 plus hogs, several sheep, and butcher chickens. After all of their hard work, they can now rest in peace. Margaret is preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Zulma Delmeire, husband Ray W. Ehlers, one brother George Jess Delmeire, one sister Neoma Brockel, and one infant son. Wilbert is preceded in death by his parents Jacob and Anna Schneider, two sisters Alice Schmitz and Shirley Saxton, and two nieces Ruth Ceroll and Pat Greseth. Margaret and Wilbert are survived by son Ray (Tamera) Ehlers, two granddaughters Taylor and Savannah Ehlers, brother-in-law Verle Saxton, numerous nieces and nephews, and their beloved dog Chief.
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