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Jane Fitzgerald Schneider
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Birth: Mar. 16, 1920
Death: Apr. 6, 2010

Schneider, Jane Fitzgerald
March 16, 1920 - April 6, 2010
Jane Schneider passed away reluctantly but peacefully on April 6, 2010. She was born on March 16, 1920 and recently celebrated her 90th birthday with her entire family at Bodega Bay. She was predeceased by the love of her life Carl A. Schneider in December 2003 after 62 years of marriage. She was always upset that he didn't take her with him, but she continued to enjoy her family, friends and the community.

She is survived by her 3 children, Geneva Koebel (Doug), Carl J. Schneider, Gerald Schneider (Jan); 8 grandchildren, Sherri Olswang (Tom), Kelly Tassone (Paul), Michele Bessette (Michael), Amy Elwell (David), Emily Lewis (Justin), Susie Abood (Ryan), Lindy Janssen (Rick), Tim Schneider; 18 great-grandchildren, Chelsi Gallagher (Shea), Lauren & Brandon Olswang, Lisa, Erica & Jena Tassone, Connor & Jack Bessette, Olivia, Allison & Macy Elwell, Taylor & Reese Lewis, Marin & Bryce Abood, Joseph, Jake & Jeremiah Janssen; 1 great-great-grandchild Jaxin Gallagher. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Agnes Farnham of Auburn and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was born and raised in Woodland to John Fitzgerald (Blacks Station/Zamora) and Edith Bourn (Woodland) who were descendants of pioneering Yolo County families. Her sister Irene Johnson (Cliff) and brother Jack Fitzgerald (Elfie) have also predeceased her.

She attended local schools graduating from Woodland High School with the class of 1937. She and Carl were proud of their class and the longstanding friendships that have endured. She cashed in a life insurance policy to attend business college in Sacramento and went to work at the Yolo County Clerks Office in 1940. Geneva was born in 1943 following which Jane worked one season at the Tomato Cannery and moved to the Sheriff's Office through 1946. Carl returned from the War in the Pacific in 1946, they moved into their home on Road 24 and Carl J. was born. Gerald was born in 1948. As the children grew she returned to work at the Yolo County Assessor's Office and for the Woodland Tax Collector.

She took a work break for 4-H Leadership (Sewing), Girl Scout (Leader) and Softball Rooter (Geneva). It was then a long procession of Cub Scouts, Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball (CJ and Gerald) then on to high school sports as the family cheerleader. She returned to work as the Assistant to the Dean of Students in 1964 and worked at Woodland High School until 1982. Carl and Jane continued to support Woodland Athletic and social events long after their children graduated, and were known by some as Mr. & Mrs. Woodland. They also followed the sports career of their grandson Tim Schneider at Beyer High School in Modesto. They were active in numerous farm organizations with Jane being Carl's social leader. Jane found renewed energy for high school athletics watching her great-grandson Brandon Olswang competing in many sports.

She loved her family, friends and community with an exuberance and Irish humor that could make you laugh and gasp for air at the same time. She liked to say that Carl was very competitive (cards, games, etc.) but she rarely lost and was a keen competitor. Their bridge playing partners were numerous and she would find three or four games per week. She will be missed by all of her card playing friends. She enjoyed plays, concerts, trips to the beach, and everything that involved people. She will be missed by all.

The interment will be family only; however, there will be a public service at 1:00pm in the United Methodist Church, 212 Second Street, Woodland, CA on Saturday, April 10, 2010 followed by a Celebration of Life at the Methodist Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be sent to the Carl/Jane Schneider Scholarship Fund at Woodland High School or the charity of the Donor's choice.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on April 9, 2010
Family links: 
  John Fitzgerald (1871 - 1970)
  Edith Fitzgerald (1877 - 1955)
Monument Hill Memorial Park
Yolo County
California, USA
Created by: Glenda Ragan
Record added: Apr 09, 2010
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- Glenda Ragan
 Added: Apr. 9, 2010

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