SCHUYLER — Clara Ann (Schneider) Meister, 83, of Schuyler, passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at Schuyler Care and Rehabilitation Center.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Clara was held Saturday, Dec. 23, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler. Clara was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Schuyler. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the family’s wishes.
Clara was born on Dec. 28, 1933, in rural Blair to Peter and Clara Benck Schneider. She grew up on a farm and attended Wranch School, Dist. 25. She graduated from Blair High School in 1953. After graduating she moved to Sidney and worked there. She moved back to Fremont and got a job at Gambles warehouse where she met her husband, Lawrence Meister. They married on Oct. 11, 1958, at St. Patrick's Church in Fremont. To this marriage four children were born. After marriage, Clara was a stay-at-home mother who lovingly cared for her children as well as countless other children and loved them as much as her own. Clara was a Cub Scout leader while living in Fremont and an active member of St. Patrick's Church.
In 1975, they moved to Schuyler after purchasing the Gambles store. There she worked alongside her husband and children until it closed in 1984. After the closing of the store, Clara cared for the elderly by doing their laundry, ran errands for them, went to doctor appointments and assisted them with their daily life. She then offered her babysitting services to families in Schuyler. Later she worked at Schuyler Elementary School in the kitchen serving meals to the children. She truly cherished seeing all of the children every day.
Clara was an excellent cook who collected many recipe books along the way. If you left the table hungry, it was your own fault. Family gatherings were an important thing for her to plan. She was also excelled at canning and baking. One of her greatest joys was making and decorating cakes for her children and grand ones. She was an avid family picture taker, who would mark the event with photos for her large collection of photo books. She spent countless hours working on family genealogy for her family as well as her husband’s family. Clara also enjoyed playing card games, doing word search puzzles, listening to polka music and going on Gambles market trips.
Clara was a very loving wife and mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother who always shared her love with them. She said she never stopped worrying about her children, even when they were grown adults.
Clara was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Schuyler and Divine Mercy Guild.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence; four children, Diane (Rick) Fendrick, Donald (Deborah) Meister and Dean Meister, all of Schuyler, and Donna Meister of Lincoln; grandchildren, Derrick Fendrick and Ashley (Fendrick) Zastera of Schuyler, Jason and Justin Meister, both of Omaha, Jordan Meister of Schuyler and TJ White of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Kelly, Raymond and Anthony Zastera of Schuyler; sisters, Marilyn (Raymond) Clapper of Ames and Wilma Jean (David) Geary of Fruita, Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Peter and Clara (Benck) Schneider; sister Geraldine Storjohn; and brothers Alvin (infant), Stanley, Bill and Robert Schneider.
Svoboda Funeral Home handled the arrangements for the family.
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