SCHNEIDER, Bonnie R.|
Bonnie R. Schneider, 76, of Austin, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014. A visitation will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00PM at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 N IH35 Georgetown, TX. A graveside service will be held at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Walburg, TX, at 10:30AM on Tuesday, July 15th with a service of celebration and thanksgiving honoring Bonnie's life and faith will follow at 11:00AM at Zion Lutheran Church, FM 1105, Walburg with Pastor John Davenport officiating. Honoring Bonnie's memory serving as pallbearers will be Dustin Schneider, Jordan Schneider, Dane Anderson, Lex Calhoun, Kenton Voges, Tim Voges Will Garnett, David Kurio and Jeff Schneider; along with Amber Anderson as honorary pallbearer.
Bonnie was born on December 5, 1937 in Odem, Texas, to Basil and Dollie (Watkins) Garnett. Shortly after birth, the family moved to Central Texas, with her childhood spent in Dripping Springs, Driftwood and Wimberley, except for two years in Premont, Texas, where at the age of 11 she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. After her high school graduation from San Marcos HS in 1956, she enrolled at Nixon Clay Business College in Austin, where she met Arvilee Schneider. The two quickly fell in love and were married on November 22, 1956.
In 1977, she began classes at Austin Community College, later transferring to the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in the summer of 1983 with a bachelor's degree in education.
In the fall of 1983 she began her 17 year teaching career with Austin ISD; teaching grades 1 - 5 at Allan, Wooten and Walnut Creek Elementary Schools, retiring in 2000. After retirement she spent many happy years participating in her grandchildren's activities, traveling and reading.
In July 2008, she was given the opportunity to make some new friends at TX Oncology in Austin. She was forever grateful for the love, care and compassion they gave her during her years of cancer treatment. Her family was a blessing and source of great joy to her. She loved being a wife, mother and sister; and felt especially blessed to be a part of the Schneider family.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arvilee Schneider, her daughter and her brother, Basil D. Garnett. She leaves behind to cherish her memory: her sons: Andrew and Stephen Schneider; grandchildren: Amber Anderson and husband Dane, Dustin Schneider and Jordan Schneider; her great grandson: Jensen Anderson; sisters: Lila Calhoun of Wimberley and Violet Voges and husband Leonard of New Braunfels, and other loving extended family and friends.
A special thank you to Dr. Ellen Blair Smith and staff, Dr. Robert Coleman of M.D. Anderson in Houston, and to Hospice Austin and the staff at Conservatory at Wells Branch for all their special loving care of Bonnie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Hope Texas Oncology in Austin, M.D. Anderson in Houston,
or Zion Lutheran Church School Fund in Walburg, TX
Personal words of comfort may be sent to the family online at www.gabrielsfuneral.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 13 to July 14, 2014