October 1, 1932 - August 30, 2015


Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, September 4th, at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Gladys I. Schneider, age 82, of St. Joseph, who died on Sunday at Sterling Park Health Care Center in Waite Park. Rev. Jerry Weiss will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday between 4:00-8:00 PM and on Friday after 9:30 AM at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Joseph.

Gladys was born October 1st, 1932 in St. Joseph to Michael and Hildegard (Kosel) Pfannenstein. She married Donald Schneider on October 1st, 1949 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. Gladys lived in St. Joseph her whole life where she and Don raised their family. She loved baseball, especially the St. Joseph “Joes”, the “Saints”, and the Minnesota Twins. She was the treasurer of the amateur baseball team and along with her husband Don, ran the concession stand for over 40 years. Gladys was a passionate supporter and fan of St. Joe baseball her entire life. She was a member of the St. Joseph American Legion Post 328 Auxiliary where she held officer positions and devoted her volunteer time for over 65 years. She was also an election judge in St. Joe.

Gladys loved family gatherings and parties of any type, playing cards, especially 500, and cribbage. She loved baking and cooking, especially her banana bread, dressing and potato salad. She loved traveling with her husband and friends to St. Anna for chicken dinners, the St. Joseph Legion for various events, and bus rides to the casino.

Gladys supported her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in whatever events were happening in their lives. Her motto was, “You need to forget about whatever happened in the past and move forward. You are family and are greatly loved and your family will always be here for you.”

She will be greatly missed, but not forgotten. Her legacy is her family, and her passions for life, her country and baseball.

Survivors include her husband Don, St. Joseph, children, Mick, St. Cloud, Pat (Cindi) St. Joseph, Barbara Fritz (Scott) Sioux Falls, SD, Gerald “Bud” (Therese) Grand Rapids, 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one on the way, brothers and sisters, Charles Pfannenstein (Joan) St. Louis Park, Andrene Pfannenstein, Minneapolis, Ronald Pfannenstein (Marie) Edina, Ruth Pallansch (Lloyd) Clitherall and Jerry Pfannenstein (Mary Alice) Melrose.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter-in-law, Zoe, brothers, Michael and James Pfannenstein, sisters, Lois Pflipsen and Dorothy Knaus, granddaughter Jaclyn Schneider, and her granddaughter Wendy’s husband, Brian Klinefelter.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.