Vera Schnabel, 87, of Pollock, S.D.
Vera was born August 20, 1925 on a farm northwest of Pollock, the daughter of William and Maude (Bachelder) McKay. She attended school at the McKay School northwest of Pollock. At the age of 13, Vera moved to California with her maternal grandparents. She continued her education in California. Vera graduated from the Benjamin Franklin High School in Los Angeles, Calif.
In 1943, she returned to Pollock where she met and married Roland Elmer Schnabel on May 19, 1944. Vera taught at the Glan Avon School from 1943 to 1944. Vera also worked for Harold Carlsons Super Valu, Borr’s Store, Nutrition Site and at the Pollock School on the Green Thumb Program. Vera worked into her 70’s and then retired, but continued to live in Pollock.
She entered the Good Samaritan Center in Herreid, S.D., in 2010. She has been a resident of the Strasburg Care Center since July of 2012. Vera was a member of the Jr. Matrons Club and American Legion Auxiliary for more than 40 years.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Gordon and Adeline Schnabel, Stanton and Duane and Karen Schnabel, Pollock; two daughters and son-inlaw, Sandy and Larry Sutton, Brookings, S.D., and Sherry Mundt, Aberdeen, S.D.; 12 grandchildren; 20 greatgrandchildren; 15 greatgreat grandchildren; one brother, Burdette McKay, Clifton, Colo.; and a sister, Alyce Renner, Clifton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1992; one granddaughter, Stacey Sutton and three brothers, Ken, Don and Charlie in infancy.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Pollock Memorial Presbyterian Church, Pollock, with the Rev. Floyd Haan officiating. Organist was Joan Wittmeier. Scripture reader was Ed Maisey. A poem was read which was written by Whitney Weidrich. Congregational hymns were “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “How Great Thou Art.” Special music, “Amazing Grace,” was sung by Micah Aberson. Casketbearers were TJ Sailer, PJ Meyer, Matt Sutton, Eddie Maisey, Sammy Maisey, Derek Schnabel and Lee Weidrich.
Burial was in Spring Valley Cemetery, Pollock.
Please visit www.myersfh.com to sign the online guestbook and to share memories of Vera with her family.