April 21 2004

[b]Abbie Schindler, 96[/b]

Posted by Kim
Abbie Schindler, 96
Prayer services were held for Abbie Schindler at St. Patrick's Catholic Church , Lead, SD Friday, April 2 at 8 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Abbie M. Schindler, a lifelong resident of South Dakota, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at the age of 96 at Cheyenne, WY. She had been a resident of Lead and Lawrence County for over 70 years.

Abbie was born in Red Lake, S.D., south of Pukwana, August 23, 1907. She was raised by her mother Mary Rigney Kelner and the extended Rigney family at a ranch outside of Kennebec and attended school in Chamberlain. She obtained her teaching certification from Northern' Industrial State College and taught in rural schools in Lyman County. She married Arthur Schindler in 1932; and the couple quit farming due to the Depression and drought, and moved to the Black Hills in 1934. They returned to the prairie during World War II when the mining industry closed but came back to the Black Hills in 1945.

Abbie was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Altar Society and participated in, the music activities by singing in the choir and serving as substitute organist. She served as pianist for the International Order of Foresters and the Lead Senior Citizens for many years. She was also an Avon representative for more than 25 years and enjoyed the many friends she made during that career. She player her organ daily and shared songs especially Irish tunes with' many visitors. Mrs. Schindler had lived in her home in Lead with the assistance of neighbors and Meals on Wheels volunteers until September 2002. At that time she moved to Garden Hill Assisted Living. She recently relocated to the Life Care Center in Cheyenne to be closer to her younger daughter.

Mrs. Schindler is survived by two daughters, Joan McDonnell of Boise, Idaho, and Mary Coffin of Cheyenne, Wy., and their spouses; four granddaughters, Kim Canfield, Rapid City and Robin Aleksevitch, Prospect, Ky., Erin McDonnell, Bellingham, Wash., and Kathleen McDonnell, Boise; two grand sons, Michael McDonnell, Moon, Idaho, and Patrick McDonnell, Boise; seven great-grandchildren; four nieces, Rose Elaine Anderson of Spearfish, Juliearine Drake of Lead, Inez Evans of Rapid City and Leona Zastrow of Sturgis; several nephews, Bernard Zastrow, Lead and the Schindler families' of Reliance; four cousins, Anne Rigney Bies, Salem; Patrick Rigney, Winner; Marjorie St. Pierre, Rapid City; and Leverda Peterson of Iowa.
She was preceded in death by, her husband Arthur in 1970 and their son Larry in 1971.

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