Martha Schneider

Martha Trost Schneider, 90

Martha Trost Schneider, 90, formerly of 2802 N. Highland Drive, Connersville, died August 29, 2012, in Niantic, Conn. where she had been a resident since March of this year.

A native of Lafayette, she was born March 7, 1922, the oldest of five children of John F. and Frances (Small) Trost. She graduated from West Lafayette's Klondike High School in 1939 and Purdue University's School of Home Economics in December 1942. After teaching Home Ec briefly in Illinois, in 1944 she moved to Connersville where she put down life long roots. On November 23, 1949, she was united in marriage to Raymond E. "RainBow" Schneider.

Martha was employed as a bank teller before her children were born. Later she was employed for thirty years as receptionist and office manager for Dr. George M. Ellis. She was an active member of Grand Avenue United Methodist Church, with twenty years of service as financial secretary. She gave freely of her time and energy in countless volunteer roles for the church.

Although remaining always a Hoosier at heart, Martha moved to Oklahoma City, in January 2011 to live with her son John. She moved again in March 2012 to Connecticut to live near her daughter Sara.

Known as Martha to friends, she was "Jane" to her parents and siblings. Her love and devotion to family was unmistakable. Her smile and good nature were enjoyed by all who encountered her and particularly those who cared for her in her final years.

Martha is survived by and will be lovingly missed by her family: son, John (Cindy) Schneider, of Oklahoma City; daughter, Sara (William) Denow, of Lyme, Conn.; daughter, Paula Weirich, of Longmont, Colo.; stepdaughter, Karen (Robert) Kanitz, of Delaware, Ohio; sister, Julia (William) Yake, of Connersville; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who died May 20, 2004; brothers, Donald and Fred Trost, and sister, June T. Burwell.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Avenue United Methodist Church, 1943 Grand Ave, Connersville, IN. Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, is in charge of arrangements. To sign the guestbook, go to

Published in the Journal & Courier on Oct. 2, 2012