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Irene Schneider

Jan 16, 2021

Mar. 17, 1928 – Jan. 6, 2021

Mass of Christian Buri-

al was held on January

12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at

St. Joseph Catholic

Church with burial in St.

Joseph’s Cemetery. The

service may be viewed at


Irene Schaan, daughter

of Mathias and Barbara

(Keifel) Schaan was born

on March 17, 1928 in Pi-

erce County, ND. She

grew up in the Rugby

area, attended a boarding

school in Richardton ND,

later a country school in

Pierce County and gra-

duated as Salutatorian of

the Balta High School

class of 1945.

She was set to marry

her beloved Anthony

Schneider, but put the

wedding off for a year so

she could help her

parents out the best she

could when her father be-

came quite ill and was un-

able to work. On No-

vember 17, 1947, Irene

and Anthony spoke their

vows to each other and

began their married life.

They lived for a short

time in rural Esmond ND,

then spent several years

on the Schaan homestead

before purchasing their

own farm at rural Crary

ND in 1955. They called

it home until 1975 when

they moved to Devils

Lake. Anthony passed

away on April 10, 2012.

Irene lived a life as a

devoted and selfless wife

and mother. She was a

caring Mom for her 10

children, hired hand on

the farm, cook, house-

keeper, a great teacher of

faith and had uncondi-

tional love. Farm life

meant milking cows,

tending all the farm an-

imals, doing whatever

needed to be done, and

yet, the table was never

without homemade bread.

There always was food at

the table for 1 more. No-

body ever left the house

hungry. “Did you eat?”

were her first words when

you entered her home.

Whenever the opportunity

was there, Irene was al-

ways ready to visit and

play cards with family. In

later years she enjoyed

sewing, crafts and usually

had a jigsaw puzzle going

in the corner of the living


Irene was a baptized

and confirmed member of

the Catholic faith and was

an active member of St.

Benedict’s Church and Al-

tar Society and after mov-

ing to Devils Lake was a

member of St. Joseph

Church, Altar Society and

Catholic Daughters.

Irene’s life and love

have been such a blessing

to her children, grandchil-

dren, great grandchildren

and precious other family

and dear friends. “Go in

peace, God be with you.”

Irene’s loving family in-

clude her children and

their spouses, Clemens

and Linda Schneider,

Hickory NC, Catherine

and William Cox, Bain-

bridge GA, Robert and

Vickie Schneider, Crary

ND, Richard and Pam

Schneider, Prosper ND,

Ronald and Shelley

Schneider, Devils Lake,

Bonita and Bill Burdick

also of Devils Lake and

Shirley and Joe Tavis,

Hazen ND;

daughter-in-law Cindy

Schneider, Devils Lake;

23 grandchildren; 43 great

grandchildren; many

nieces, nephews and their


She was preceded in

death by her parents, hus-

band Anthony, daughter

Barbara LaBarre, sons

Gerald and Patrick

Schneider, granddaughter

Alicia Burdick Uriell, sis-

ter Helen Heilman, broth-

er Thomas Schaan and 20

half brothers and half sis-


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