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Marie A. Schneider

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Aspen, CO Colorado

Marie A. Schneider died peacefully in her home in Pinetop, Ariz., on Saturday, June 6, 2009. She was 96 years old and in excellent health until very recently.

Marie was born Oct. 2, 1913, to Louise and John Crosby Vickers at their family farm near Eagle, Neb. She attended school in Eagle and graduated from Peru State Teacher’s College in Peru, Neb. She then became an elementary school teacher in Eagle.

Marie married Dana J. Schneider on Jan. 18, 1936, in Lincoln, Neb., and they moved to Ogallala, Neb., where Dana was an engineer on the dam that created Lake McConnahy. Their first child, Christie Ann, was born a year later in North Platte. When the dam was finished, Marie and Dana moved to Cleveland, where a second child, Dana Jr., was born. Short ly after, they moved to Waukesha, Wis., where Dana started his hydraulic manufacturing business, HUSCO, in a small one-room building. The business was a great success, and became world known, with plants in Canada, England and Japan. Dana had more than 100 original hydraulic patents that were the beginning of the use of hydraulics on heavy equipment and are still standard equipment today. Marie was always his strength. In the meantime, a third child, Timothy Scott, was born in nearby Milwaukee, and the family moved to Oconomowoc, Wis., and later to Oconomowoc Lake.

Marie was an amazing and beautiful woman in all ways. She could do anything and everything with beauty and grace, from sewing her own and her daughter’s beautiful clothes to taking care of her large and lovely flower garden as her own Mother had her vegetable garden on the farm in Nebraska. She loved flowers until the end of her life. She designed and decorated her own home and volunteered as a Blue Lady at the Oconomowoc Memorial Hos pital for many years and made many beautiful Christmas decorations for the hospital fair held each August. She taught Sunday school, but most importantly, she gave love and care to her husband and children.

Marie also loved sports – from swimming and water skiing to tennis and alpine skiing, and she was the nine-hole champion at her golf course, Desert Forest in Carefree, Ariz., until she was in her ’80s. The Schneider family were among the first Wisconsinites to ski, and after coming to Aspen to ski and seeing the beauty of the area, they purchased an Aspen home in the late ’50s. It was falling down, and they transformed it into a real beauty in Aspen’s West End. They also built a home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., which was their home for 40 years.

Dana died on Feb. 27, 1979. In 1987, Marie sold the Aspen home and then the one in Paradise Valley in 2003, and moved to Pinetop to be close to her sons. Her daughter, Christie, still lives in Aspen.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Christie, of Aspen, eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews, all who she loved dearly. Her family was her life.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Eramus; a sister, Lorna; and by her son, Dana Jr., on Feb. 12, 2007, and her son, Tim, on Oct. 11, 2007. We will miss her sweet and loving smile, the sound of her dear voice, her happiness to see us, her words of caring and encouragement, and the joy she brought to all of us in knowing we were loved.


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