Ruth Schneider

Ruth B. (Fabry) Schneider, age 79, longtime resident of Oconto Falls, passed away peacefully at Unity Hospice in DePere on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.


Ruth was born in Oconto Falls on April 7, 1938, a daughter of the late John and Veteline (Osmon) Fabry. She attended local schools and was a 1956 graduate of Oconto Falls High School. In 1959, Ruth met her future husband, Gale, while roller skating at Kelly Lake Roller Rink Casino, now known as the Holiday Inn. They were married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gillett and together they raised three sons.


Ruth and Gale lived briefly in California, Gillett and then Chicago where she worked as a beautician, then later moved to Ashwaubenon. She worked as a clerk for the Milwaukee Railroad for 10 years and also served as the Union’s secretary.


In 1980 the family settled in Oconto Falls. The family later owned the Strike Zone Bowling Alley restaurant in Coleman and then farmed veal outside of Peshtigo. In earlier years, Ruth was an active den mother of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and taught herself to play the organ. She enjoyed knitting, bowling and the outdoors, however, her greatest love was for her family. She loved visits from her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and avidly attended their sporting events.


Ruth is survived by her sons: Greg (Becky) Schneider of Peshtigo, Brian (Jamie Hyer) Schneider of Pelican Lake and Keith (Jane) Schneider of Oconto Falls; her brothers Lloyd (Claire) Fabry and William (Donna) Fabry, all of Oconto Falls; her sisters Marie (Johnny) Slempkes of Lena and Rosalyn (Leo) Gilles of Oconto.  She will also be remembered by her grandchildren: Savanna (Jason) Thompson, Briley Schneider, Cody Schneider, David (Melissa) Flom, Andrew Flom, Theresa (Eric) Schroeder, Brianna Schneider, Caleb Schneider, Elisabeth (Derek) Schmelzer and Kirsten (Jared) Dunsworth.  Ruth is further survived by her great grandchildren: Shianna, David, Bryce, Kaden, Parker, Jax, Evelyn and Jameson. She also leaves her brother-in-law Fred Koltz, many nieces and nephews.


Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gale on February 2, 2016 and her sister Esther Koltz.


The family sends special thanks to Nick Theisen, Almost Family, as well as the staff of Unity Hospice for their care of Ruth.


A joint memorial visitation for Ruth and Gale will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 11 to 12:45 PM at LEGACY FUNERAL CHAPELS (108 East Main Street, Gillett, WI 54124).  A joint memorial service will follow in the funeral home at 1 PM with the Reverend John V. Laatsch officiating. Gale will receive full military honors at the conclusion of the memorial service. Final rest will be private.



[column lg=”4″ md=”4″ sm=”4″ xs=”12″ ]Visitation
Saturday, September 16th
11:00 AM – 12:45 PM

Legacy Funeral Chapels
108 East Main Street
Gillett, WI 54124

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[column lg=”4″ md=”4″ sm=”4″ xs=”12″ ]Funeral Service
Saturday, September 16th
1 PM

Legacy Funeral Chapels
108 East Main Street
Gillett, WI 54124

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  1. Franny Makos

    What a great couple they were! Who could ever forget their smiles when you came into the bowling alley or restaurant? And they raised some beautiful children, how fortunate we were to know them.

  2. Edith Anderson

    Marie and siblings; Other family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hadn’t realized Ruth was ill. I saw her last in 2006, at our H.S. class reunion. I’m sure that Gale’s death last year was a difficult loss for her; and I’ve thought of her a number of times since then. May she and Gale rest in peace. You surely will miss your sister, Marie.

    Edith Anderson
    Swedetown neighbor and classmate of 7+ years

  3. Richard and Sue Van Ark

    Our deepest sympathy to the Fabry and Schneider families and a special big hug for our favorite host at S&S Bar and Grill, Savanna.

  4. Bo Viau and Mid State Supply

    My condolences to the whole Schneider Family, all of us at Mid State Supply send our prayers. We are all so sorry for your loss.


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