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Sister Lucy Schneider — Jan. 15, 1927 – Nov. 10, 2019

Sister Lucy Schneider died Nov. 10, 2019 at Mount Joseph Senior Village in Concordia, Kan. She was 92 years old and a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia for 70 years.

She was born in rural Salina, Kan., on Jan. 15, 1927, to John and Lucy Seramur Schneider, the youngest of six children, and was baptized Agnes Adele. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia on Sept. 8, 1948. On March 19, 1949, Agnes received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Lucy. She pronounced first vows on March 19, 1950, and final vows on March 19, 1953.

In 1948 Sister Lucy earned a B.A. in English from Marymount College, Salina. In 1956 she received a M.A. in English from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis. She then received a Ph.D. in English from Notre Dame University in 1967. She taught in institutions staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Grand Island, Neb., Concordia, Manhattan and Salina. She also taught on the Indian reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. In 1991 Sister Lucy retired from teaching and served the community in various positions at the Motherhouse. Music played a vital role in Sister Lucy’s life as she wrote many song parodies for special occasions.

Sister Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and one brother. One sister, Mary Elizabeth Ryan, survives. A Bible Vigil Service will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Sacred Heart Chapel in the Nazareth Motherhouse with Sister Betty Suther as the eulogist. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 in the Motherhouse Chapel with Rev. Bob Schneider and Rev. Barry Brinkman presiding.

The burial will be in the Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery. Chaput-Buoy Mortuary, 325 W. Sixth St., Concordia, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials for Sister Lucy Schneider may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/ Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters; P.O. Box 279, Concordia, KS 66901.

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4 thoughts on “Sister Lucy Schneider — Jan. 15, 1927 – Nov. 10, 2019

  • John Irvine

    Until I was exposed to the talents and wonderful instruction of Sister Lucy in my sophomore, junior and senior years at Luckey High School in Manhattan, Kansas, in the late ’60s, I thought the sun rose and set on science subjects only. How ignorant I was of a much greater world including the use of proper English, English Literature, Latin, Typing and the arts. What an illuminating experience those years were!

    I lost track of her for many years during my own professional career but chanced to re-connect with her and other retired teachers in later years of my own retirement. It was always a delight to visit her and share reminiscences of our respective journeys through life. It’s now difficult to realize that I shall never again see that smile and twinkle in her eyes as we communicated…at least not in this life. Perhaps I shall see that smile and twinkle again in the next world, God willing.

  • Pat Conkwright

    Dear Sister Lucy,
    God be with you on your journey. Your impeccable teaching practices and wry sense of humor have caused you to be my inspiration as a teacher and writer. You stand above all others in my memory as the epitome of Christian grace and Catholic belief.

    The following poem, written when my first sibling passed, has been included in the obituaries of all my loved ones. Please accept this small token of my regard for you.

    God the Father, grant the power of your mercy.
    Christ the Redeemer, share the comfort of your love.
    Holy Spirit, gift the blessings of your grace.
    Angels and Saints surround you
    And see you safely to your journey’s end.

    Rest In Peace,
    Patricia Lolley Conkwright

  • Marcia Girard

    Rest In Peace Dear Sister Lucy I’ve gotten to know and love the Schneider /Ryan family. ❤️ Blessings to all.

  • Betsy Gasperich-Miller

    Thank you, Sister Lucy for being in my journey. I was privileged to know you and have you as an outstanding teacher while in the Apostolic School! You were an outstanding example of love and compassion for all of us in the community!

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