FC: Joann Schneider: A Family Tribute
1: Psalm 91 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge- 10 then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."
2: Mother | Father | Grand Father | Grand Father | Grand Mother | Grand Mother | Dorthea Keller | Anna Huebner | George Keller | Joann Marie | Clifford Frayer | Charlotte Haviland | Frank Frayer | Born Feb. 7, 1930 | Dec. 6, 1881- April 26, 1982 | 1876 -1944 | Sept 6, 1903- March 3, 1974 | Aug. 25, 1902 - July 4, 1964 | April 7, 1873 - Nov. 28, 1947 | Dec. 15, 1871 - Dec. 29, 1935 | George Keller and Anna Huebner married Nov. 4, 1901. Frank Frayer and Charlotte Haviland married March 4, 1892. Clifford Frayer and Dorthea Keller were married May 2, 1925.
3: Born Sept. 26, 1928 | Mother | Father | Grand Father | Grand Father | Grand Mother | Grand Mother | Donald Robert | Lois Olney | Otto Schneider | Ida Sweet | Willis Olney | Minnie Bernhagen | Gottleib Schneider | May 27, 1861- Aug. 11, 1914 | Dec. 26, 1863- Feb. 14, 1928 | Jan 13, 1901- Sept. 29, 1977 | Sept. 13, 1902- Sept. 9, 1993 | Willis Olney and Ida Sweet married Dec. 13 (year unknown). Gottleib Christian Schneider and Minnie Bernhagen were married May 27, 1886. Otto Schneider and Lois Olney were married Feb. 23, 1919. | Jan. 25, 1864 - Feb. 20, 1936 | Nov. 23, 1860 - Jan. 30, 1941
4: Lois Olney as an infant and young woman, approximately 13 years old. Lois and Otto Schneider.
5: Anna Keller, Joann's maternal grandmother, as young woman, approximately 16 years old, and later in life.
6: Anna and George Keller, Joann's maternal grandparents. Anna was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. George was born in Haviland, Germany. | Clifford and Dorthea Frayer, Joann's mother and father. Dorthea was born in Saline, Michigan. Clifford was born in Britton, Michigan.
7: Joann Marie born Feb. 7th, 1930, pictured as an infant at first home on Montgomery Ave. in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
8: . | Joann's preschool & elementary years were spent on the 640 acre Oakland Dairy Farm on Plymouth Rd. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Joann with brother Don who was born January 24, 1932.
9: Joann attended elementary grades at Popkins School on Plymouth Rd. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. High school & Jr. High school photo of Joann and brother Don.
10: The Frayer Family Clockwise from top left: Aunt Isabel, Uncle Jennings, Uncle Ben, Aunt Lilah, Father Clifford, Grandmother Charlotte Haviland, Aunt Lydia
11: Joann attended Ann Arbor High School for grades 10th through 12th from 1944 to 1947.
12: Joann (second from left) and "Argus" girls who all worked at Argus camera factory on 4th Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1948-1950.
13: Lifelong ""Bosom Buddies" - Joann and Don's high school friends. Memento from special trip to Toronto, Canada.
14: Donald Robert Schneider wed Joann Marie Frayer July 17th, 1948 at the First Baptist Church on Huron St. in Ann Arbor, Michigan
15: Janet Leigh born November 6, 1950 Thomas Alan born July 21, 1953 Laurel Ann born December 28, 1957 Amy Jo born January 3, 1961 Jon Craig born October 23, 1965
16: Fun family times in station wagon. Amy as a toddler at Lois and Otto Schneider's house. Janet with her first puppy "Jet".
17: Joann has attended Grace Bible Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan since she was 10 years old. Joann went to many women's retreats at Camp Barakel in Fairview, Michigan.
18: Stop in San Francisco on the way to Hawaii in 1991
20: Retirement celebration trip to Hawaii in 1991. Visited islands of Maui, Oahu and big island of Hawaii.
23: The cabin in Hessel, Michigan was bought in September 1988.
24: Schneider Christmases
26: Europe Trip with the Sonnenberg girls in 1993. Visited Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Luxembourg.
27: Tire blowout from Janet's wild driving in England! Sommer at Hadrian's Wall in Scotland.
28: Joann and Don celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998 with family in Sandusky, Ohio.
30: Don's 80th birthday celebration
32: Joann and "The High School reunion girls".
34: The Schneider 'Sistas'
35: Special Grandpa and Grandma moments
37: Family Memories
39: Family Memories
40: Thank you for the extraordinary effort to be present after the births of our children and your words of wisdom. Thank you for being present during special life events; graduations, weddings, award ceremonies and Christmas celebrations.
41: Thank you for teaching me to value my home, the importance of creating memories for my children here and showing me servanthood.
42: Thank you Mother for teaching us about our Godly heritage so that future generations may follow in His ways | Thank you for loving us, and reflecting God's love for us | Thank you for reminding us that God is faithful no matter what | Thanks for carrying us through!
43: For your 80th we are remembering Psalm 16 You will show me the path of life In Your presence is fullness of joy At Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore
44: Janet Leigh married Michael John Sonnenberg on December 11, 1971 in Grace Bible Church. We were the first wedding in the new church built on South Maple Road. | Our first child: Jami Jan was born November 1, 1975 | Our second child: Joel Michael was born November 22, 1977 | Our third child: Sommer Leigh was born January 22, 1981 | Our fourth child: Kyle John Royce was born February 27, 1990
45: Above all, thank you for your prayers, given night and day for us. Thank you for your knowledge of scripture, You were always claiming a verse for specific situations. (And it always "hit the spot.") Thank you for your incessant work in the garden picking fruit and vegetables for us to eat when we were growing up, Thank you for putting up with living next to your in-laws so we could enjoy many wonderful days with our grandparents. Thank you for going to such a great church and having a place of worship where we could grow up in the Lord. Thanks for knowing God, and making sure He knows you. Love, Mike and Janet
48: Thank you for modeling grace and unselfishness. Thank you for laying down your life for those you love. Thank you for sacrificing. Thank you for thinking of others. Thank you for always having time. Thank you for blessing our lives. Jami & Jonathan, Luke, Graham &Audrey
50: We Love You Great Grandma!
51: Happy 80th Grandma When I think of you I always remember your smile. I always remember you as "hostess with the mostess" Your eggs benedict are the best around! | I will always remember: Your driveway: riding hotwheels up and down it was a lot of fun. Your living room: sleeping in sleeping bags with the rest of the cousins on the floor. Your front yard: trying to hit the ball across the road during baseball games. Love to you, Kyle
52: When I was younger, I knew I wanted to marry someone like you, Grandma.
53: Someone whose spirit is sacrificial & sensitive. A person who knows the difference between what is sacred & what is superficial. Someone whose joy of the Lord is evident to everyone around them.
54: To the next generation, we will teach our children how to be like Grandma Jo. | To make every moment matter and to put Christ first in all things. | To give a backrub without stopping, To make cookies no one has had before. | To give until it hurts & to keep on giving.
55: "From everlasting to everlasting, the LORD's love is with those who fear Him, & His righteousness belongs to their children and grandchildren." Psalms 103:17
57: To My Kindred Spirit, If I were born in 1930 I know we would have been the best of friends. We would have enjoyed the gardens, laughed about life, and spent our time talking about God. What an honor to have a Grandmother like you! Your supernatural gifts of mercy and faith have blessed your family for generations. I cannot wait to sit down one day and tell my grandchildren about my Grandma Jo. Love you so much. Sommer
58: Thomas Alan and Nancy Christina married April 5, 1980 | Alexa Marie born October 7, 1991 | Lindsay Christina born May 9, 1989 | Christa Morgan born June 29, 1983
59: Mom, I am blessed to have you as my mentor through the years. As I start to describe the many wonderful things I've learned from you, I realize everything I want to say has already been written about you.... Lovingly, Nancy Description of a Worthy Woman An excellent wife, who can find? The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. ...She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household... Her lamp does not go out at night. She extends her hands to the poor; and she stretches out her hands to the needy. ...Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. ...Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also... But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31
61: Long, long ago, even before the Schneider family appeared near Wagner road, there stood in an old field a grand and gentle giant of a tree and it stood very, very close to where one day the front of the Schneider house quite suddenly appeared. For many years before this sudden appearance of a new house, there came along many, many flocks of humble sheep roaming about under the giant's arms. And this occurred almost any time of the year and in almost every season. In fact, some of these white sheep would occasionally go into a deep sleep around the giant's body or seek its cover from a sweltering sun or a terrible storm. In every season of the year, this gentle giant provided some form of refuge for all those seeking the security it provided. In the seasons of spring this great goliath of a tree sprayed out the sweetest of perfumes which immediately attracted many, many bees and also many beautiful birds all flying around in a dizzy sort of motion. When the Schneider children finally appeared, all these entirely new sights and sounds were very interesting and they quietly watched and listened to everything going on around and in this unique giant. | In the seasons of summer this gentle giant spread out its steady arms covered with numberless green things called leaves. Very soon among the leaves there also grew many tiny things called apples. When the Schneider children finally appeared, all these tiny apples were like so many little balls to throw at whoever came within range of their tiny arms, tiny of course compared to the size of the arms of this great giant. On the hottest of summer days when these children were overcome with heat they sought the shelter of its cooling shade and were very thankful such a giant really existed. In the seasons of autumn the giant's arms were very heavy and bent over with the weight of many, many red things called apples. When the Schneider children finally appeared, all these round and reddish things began to drop and the children eagerly picked them up and used them again to throw at each other or far away down the driveway and across the road. Doing this was indeed a measure of the strength of their arms. And the juicy red delights that fell down from the giant's arms could also be enjoyed by the bees, birds, squirrels, or even little children. In the seasons of winter the giant's body stood strong against the fury of bitter cold winds and the heavy burden on its arms of infinite white things called snowflakes. When the Schneider children finally appeared, they loved to play in the large snow piles around the giant's body while sleepy raccoons and squinting owls rested inside the deep hollows of the tree. The giant's sleeping body now looked more like a blackish skeleton against the white covering of snow or the glistening cover of twinkling ice. As the seasons and the years passed by all the Schneider children grew up and one by one left the security of the giant's overarching arms. The giant began to show signs of aging and its gray outer covering began to fall away. The once strong and proud uplifted arms could no longer carry such a great weight of snow or give off such a sweet spring perfume. No longer would there be so many little green apples or so many much bigger reddish ones to pick up and to throw away in a contest of arms. And by another winter its once strong and tall blackish frame would appear not so tall and not so straight. And when the Schneider children returned home on many an occasion, they too began to notice these changes in the form and in the appearance of their beloved gentle giant. And one day when each of them came back their dear companion of so many years no longer stood at all. MOM! YOU have stood strong and gentle for all the Schneider children much like this giant of an apple tree which graced our front yard for so many years. Through all the seasons of the years you have shown all of us the closest example of God's faithfulness to his children through all the worst of times and all the best of times. With what words can I say as one of your children to express it? I falter and stumble and fail to give a clear definition of what your gifted life has been to me and I'm sure to all the others within the pages of this book. With what love can we compare your love to than to God's love which accepts us unconditionally through the person and work of Christ? And so you have taught us and so we should always be the children of God as we see you to be. I look upon you and call you an "oak of righteousness, a planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified....." (Isaiah 61:3) With love, Thomas | Lindsay and Alexa in Grandma's apple tree
63: Dear Grandma, Your unconditional love, enduring patience, and sacrificial spirit have been a continual source of blessing and instruction to me through the years. As a child, the constancy of your affection and generosity gave me great comfort. As a married woman, I find continued comfort in your enduring love and much in your example to value and emulate. You have always shown faith, hope, and love in abundance, and I cannot thank God enough for such a heritage. I am honored and humbled to have you as a grandmother. Matt and I are grateful for your faithful prayers and regular encouragement. Your presence and interest in our lives is a gift for which we will always give thanks. You are truly a woman whose children and grandchildren rise up and call 'blessed.' For all these things and more, we honor you. With deep appreciation and love, Christa and Matt | Christa Morgan married Matthew Joseph William Haeck on May 29, 2004
64: Grandma, You are a role model to me in every aspect of life. A leader, teacher, mother, wife, and of course, grandmother. My childhood would have never been the same without you. All the holidays, birthdays, and weddings are nothing but happy memories. Your endless, nurturing spirit and kind heart never fail to amaze me. I feel so blessed to have been given such an amazing Grandmother. No amount of words or deeds can ever repay you for what you've enriched my life with. We love you. -Lindsay and Wassim | Thanksgiving 2009 at our house | Lindsay Christina married Wassim El Awadi on February 6, 2009
65: Grammy, You are such a beautiful, strong woman, and I admire that about you. You have definitely seen the world in its ups and downs and that is something to be proud of. I'm blessed to have you as my grandmother and to be able to come over to your loving home and just unwind. And don't forget about your amazing cooking skills that I look forward to seeing and eating every visit. I love you, Grandma, and I hope this is a birthday of true celebration that you'll never forget. Love, Alexa
66: Wonderful memories vacationing in Marathon, Florida
67: Laurel Ann wed Douglas Michael on November 17, 1978 at Grace Bible Church.
68: Courtney Lee born October 31, 1982 | Trisha Ann born September 23, 1985
69: Mom, It wasn't until I became a mother that I realized what a very special mother the Lord had given me. The love that I have for my children represents the unselfish and sacrificial love that you had in raising your five children. Now that I am a grandmother, I now know the very special love that you have for each of your grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
71: We have and always will cherish all the special birthday celebrations that we shared together
73: Courtney Lee married Brian Allan McDonald on December 13, 2008. Kennedy Marie McDonald was born June 4, 2009.
75: Mom, We are so thankful that the Lord has given you to us as our Mother, Mother-in-law and Grandmother. You have taught us what unconditional love is. Your love for the Lord and your example of a servant's heart will be passed on to our family. We love you so much, Doug and Laurel
77: Grandma, we love you so much and are incredibly blessed to be your grandchildren. You are the living example of love, grace, peace, and Godliness. We thank you so much for being the number one role model in our lives. You have made your house a very special place for us and the memories abound; family wiffle ball games in the front yard, chicken noodle soup, taking silver when we are sick, mashed potatoes, the many sleepovers we had in your bedrooms and on the living room floor over Thanksgiving and Christmas. We love you dearly. Courtney, Brian & Kennedy.
79: Grandma, Your loving support, generous personality, and devoted spirit are what I admire most about you. I am so lucky and thankful to have the most wonderful grandmother in the world. Thank you for being my encourager, teacher and role model. I love you very much. Love, Trish
80: Amy and Bill are married in Grace Bible Church August 10th, 1985 | There are many versions of the story on how Amy and Bill met. Only mother really knows the true story. Yes, she was instrumental in introducing us. Thank you Mother. ""She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction in on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26
81: Thank you Mother for being there for us during challenging times. You are our prayer warrior and we could have never done it without your constant meditation over us. | On December 23, 1994 Mom had Christmas Carolers arrive at her door. She knew then that her four grandchildren were about to be born. Kara, Connor, Justin and Austin were born around 7:00 pm.
82: You are the best Grandma ever! You always have positive and encouraging words. You have always given me comfort when I'm down. I love you Grandma! Love Connor
83: Grandma, I always look forward to spending time in Michigan Your home holds some of my favorite memories I love playing sports in the front yard. I will always remember you playing wiffle ball with us! I love you. Justin
84: Grandma, I always look forward to coming to Michigan. I love spending time with all of our family. You are also the best cook. I will always remember having your homemade chicken noodle soup. I love you! Love, Austin
85: Thank you for always making me feel special. You are the only Grandma I have ever known. I love going to Michigan and playing with my cousins. Thank you Grandma for loving me. Love Hunter
86: Grandma: Thank you for being such a big part of my life. Thank you for caring for me and supporting me. I love you so much! I love our visits. Some of my best memories come from being with you.
89: MOTHER | I honor the rewards of your sacrifices and the choices you have made. All your life you have taken the role of caregiver. You have totally dedicated yourself to others as well as your family. Not many people can say they have taken care of both their husbands father, mother, grandmother and mother, and now your husband. You have always put others needs ahead of your own. That is truly a rare trait these days! You mother have set standards for us to live by. You have encouraged perseverance. You have provided a model for a lifetime of patterns and traditions. I am so very thankful for all the choices and sacrifices you've made on my behalf. It is amazing all the ways you continue to contribute to my life. As I watch my own children growing, I begin to understand the fullness of your heart as you spoke of your pride in me and my children. Now that I am a mother myself it is my turn to stand to you and say, "I am so proud of you mother." Love you Mom Amy
90: Dear Mom, You are a very dear and kind person. You have always loved us unconditionally and we have always admired and tried to emulate how you share God's love with others. There have been so many times that you have said the perfect, comforting words at the right time and made us feel so much better. Thank you for always having open arms and an open heart. We are blessed and privileged to call you Mom! Lovingly, Jon & D'Ann
92: Grandma, You have shown us love, support & happiness. We cherish the moments we share with you as we learn something new every time. We appreciate the wonderful example that you have shown us towards God & others. We hope to be as happy as you are when we grow-up. Happy 80th birthday Grandma & we hope to see many more. God Bless you. Love, Alyse, Ana & Craig
93: Alyse Noel - May 28, 1997 Ana Nicole - July 12, 1999 Craig Jon - July 12, 1999
96: 26 When she speaks, her words are wise and kindness is the rule for everything she says. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Proverbs 31:26-29 22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." 25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; Lamentations 3:22-25
97: Happy 80th Birthday! Thank you for raising us in a loving Christian home and church family; for the legacy of a strong love-filled marriage. Thank you for being a prayer warrior for each and every one of us; for loving and knowing God and his word. With Love, Your Grateful Family