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Alice Lee Schneider, June 5, 1934 – July 2, 2021

On July 2, Alice Lee Schneider joined her beloved husband and life partner, Walt Schneider, six months after he passed away. Having moved to Sisters in October to be close to two of her daughters, her last days were spent with family, and cherished friends and caregivers at The Lodge in Sisters.

Alice was born in Pennsylvania to Helen and Leo Brissel and lived on a small farm between Greensburg and Jeanette. In 1946, when she was 12, her family headed west to California to be close to family in Glendale.

When Alice was 18, she met the love of her life. Her best friend, who was also Walt’s cousin, arranged a date for them to the senior prom at Hoover High School and on April 18, 1953 this beautiful match turned into a marriage that lasted 67 years!

The young couple moved to Lancaster, California, and they were hit by the desire to own their own farm. So, in 1966 they packed up and, with their five children and farm equipment in tow, set out on a new adventure. They were part of the migration north to Pasco, Washington, due to the opportunities afforded by the Columbia Basin Project.

Alice was proud to be a farm wife and was a full partner in the farm. You could find her helping in every aspect, from the financial side of things to hopping on a tractor if need be. For many years, she enjoyed being a 4-H leader, and every August you could find her at the Benton-Franklin County Fair in the sheep barn. It was this joint effort between Walt and Alice guiding their kids that instilled a work ethic their children still carry.

Later in life, Alice and Walt loved to travel. Among their most joyful trips were with Elderhostel, visiting many countries and participating in the classes they offered. Alice made friends quickly on these trips and would always stay in touch with the friends they made. People were drawn to Alice for friendship, support, and an open heart. She always put family and friends first.

Alice is survived by her sister Karen Monaco, son Edward (Liz) Schneider, daughter Diane (Brad) Messinger, daughter Donna Vogt, son Daniel (Sarah) Schneider, and daughter Marlene (Scott Michalek) Schneider, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

 

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