Oct. 2, 2017
JOHNSTON, Iowa - Sister Elizabeth Anne Schneider, 89, died at Bishop Drumm Care Center, Johnston, Iowa, on October 2, 2017. Funeral services at Humility of Mary Center, Davenport, are Friday, October 13, rosary, 4 p.m. and prayer service, 7 p.m. On Saturday, October 14, at 11 a.m. a Memorial Mass will be celebrated since she donated her body for medical education. Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home assisted the Sisters with arrangements.
Elizabeth Mary was born on August 18, 1928, to Dr. Vincent and Ann Marheineke Schneider in St. Charles, Missouri. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary on October 20, 1950, having completed her undergraduate degree in music from Marycrest College and a Masters in Music from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She professed vows July 29, 1953.
Her early years as a religious sister were dedicated to teaching music at St. Vincent School and at Marycrest College in Davenport. Later she held various administrative roles at the college level and graduated with a Ph.D. in higher education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She added an Intermediate Spanish Certificate from the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas. Her permanent professional teaching certificate from the State of Iowa was issued in 1978.
During her four-year tenure as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Marycrest, she was a major contributor to the inauguration of the graduate program which, in 1974, offered the Master of Arts degree in four areas of concentration. She served as coordinator of cooperative programs for St. Mary College and College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota.
Sister Elizabeth Anne began eight years of service to the Congregation as Vice President in 1988. Those years included the finalization of the Congregation’s revised constitution and its approval by Rome. She, along with President Sister Pauline Tursi and other council members, planned and implemented construction of the wing and chapel at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center where the Humility of Mary sisters receive their long-term care.
She was active on Congregation committees as well as in Quad-Cities organizations and served on the board of the Quad-City Times Plus 60 organization. She became chair of the Humanities Committee the next year. She was a long-time volunteer with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and a dedicated fund-raiser for the Heifer Project, a group providing farm animals to persons in many countries.
Sister Elizabeth Anne was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Vincent, and a sister, Emily (Jack) Heck.
She is survived by her brother, Dr. Thomas A. (Joyce) Schneider; sister-in-law, Jean Schneider; many nieces and nephews; and sisters and associates of the Humility of Mary community.
Memorials may be made to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary for Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat.