Vera M. Schneider, 87, of Greenfield, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Greenfield United Methodist Church with a luncheon immediately following. Private family burial will be held in the Greenfield Cemetery at a later date. Pastor Melinda Stonebraker will officiate the service. An open visitation will be held noon - 7 p.m. with family present to receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Memorials may be directed to the Vera Schneider Memorial Fund to be established by the family at a later date. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.lambfuneralhomes.com.
Vera May (Sackett) Schneider, was born July 9, 1935, the daughter of Art and Edith Sackett, at the family farmstead in Adair County. Vera spent her childhood at the farm attending country school. She graduated from Greenfield High School with the class of 1953. On Oct. 1, 1955, Vera married Dick Schneider of Greenfield at St. John’s Catholic in Greenfield after Dick returned from the service. To this union four children were born: Gerry, Terry, Cindy and Pam. Dick and Vera lived in their family home in Greenfield most of their lives from 1962 through 2021, when they moved to Creston.
After graduation, Vera worked as a secretary at Sam Thompson Insurance office and then went back to help at the family farm during the war years. She then worked as a secretary at Greenfield High School until she began her most important role as mother in 1956. When her youngest started school, she started back as secretary at the high school. In 1973 she purchased the Inn Boutique, a retail clothing store, which she ran until 1990. For a couple of years, she traveled to Creston and worked at Walmart and Lou Jans clothing store. In 1993 she began as the secretary at Greenfield United Methodist Church until retirement.
Vera was a member of Greenfield Presbyterian Church while raising her children and then later joined the Greenfield United Methodist Church. She was always active in children’s or women’s ministries within the church. She was also active in other clubs, including: Mother’s Club, Greenfield Business Women, Red Hat Society and the hospital auxiliary. Vera enjoyed playing cards with friends and family and played in several card groups.
Vera’s greatest joy was her children and grandchildren and she cherished spending time with her family, friends and grandchildren. She was an expert seamstress and was famous for her homemade cinnamon rolls. Sharing a pan of her rolls was her loving offer to celebrate you on a birthday, milestone or comfort you during a hard time. She often welcomed her grandchildren into her kitchen, creating many memories of baking sweet treats and playing card games while they baked. She was thrilled to share her kitchen with grandkids one last time to make cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies just last month.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents; brother LeRoy Sackett; sisters Velma Tiedeman and Arlene Bunce; son-in-law Jeff Bricker and granddaughters Jessica Schneider and Kaylee Stovall.
She is survived by her husband Dick; son Terry (Janelle) Schneider of Greenfield; daughters Gerry (Bruce) Sheriff of Greenfield, Cindy (Kevin) Stovall of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Pam (Rob) Schwinger of Independence, Kansas; grandchildren Joshua (Heather) Schneider, Lisa (Shay) Acheson, Chad Stovall, Joel Bricker (friend Carolyn) and Jamie (McKinzie) Bricker; great-grandchildren Wyatt Schneider, Parker Schneider and Gabrielle Bricker; many stepgrandchildren; nieces and nephews.