By HDN Staff
Mildred Marion Schneider, 96, of Havre, a former educator, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, at a Havre hospital of natural causes.
Cremation has taken place.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Holland and Bonine Funeral Chapel. A reception will follow the service at the Vineyard. A private interment will be held at a later date.
Mildred was born May 20, 1905, in Decorah, Iowa, to Mr. and Mrs. John A. Marlow. She came to Montana with her parents and sister, Lucy, on Aug. 18, 1913, to be raised on the family homestead 25 miles northeast of Harlem. Her earlier education was received in a rural school, until the family moved to Harlem. She graduated from Harlem High School in 1925 and immediately attended summer session of the Montana State Normal School at Lewistown. That fall she taught one term in a rural school south of Harlem.
In 1928, Mildred graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from the Montana State Normal College (now Montana State University-Billings) and began teaching in the Harlem Elementary School. Her education was furthered during summer sessions at Minnesota State Teachers' College in Moorhead, Minn., and two terms at Washington State University in Seattle, the College of Great Falls and Northern Montana College in Havre. Mildred was a recipient of an Elementary Life Certificate from the Montana Office of Public Instruction. She was a very dedicated teacher. Mildred retired from teaching in 1968.
Mildred married William J. Schneider in Harlem on Dec. 9, 1940. After working on the construction of airports in New Mexico during the war years, they returned to Harlem and farmed the Marlow farm. A daughter, Maureen, was born Oct. 23, 1946 and they made their home in Harlem. When William died in 1969, Mildred and Maureen moved to Havre.
Mildred was active in the Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She was a charter member of the Harlem unit, which was inducted in 1946. She later transferred to the Havre Auxiliary #497 and became more than a 50-year continuous member. She served as state president in 1958-59 and as state secretary in 1989-90. Mildred also held memberships in Daughters of the Nile, AARP, Montana Education Association, Northern Montana Hospital Auxiliary and North Central Senior Citizens Center.
Mildred's hobbies included poetry, handcrafts and baking. Besides doing volunteer work at the Havre Police Department and Senior Citizens Center, she enjoyed people and social card playing. Mildred was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William J. Schneider in 1969, a baby son, and sister, Lucy Smith.
Survivors include her daughter, Maureen Giachino and her husband, Brent, of Havre, and four nephews.
Memorials may be made to VFW Cancer Aide and Research, Box 497, Havre, MT 59501, Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472, or Havre Senior Citizens Center, 2 Second St. W., Havre, MT 59501.
Services and arrangements are under the direction of Holland and Bonine Funeral Home.