The name of the newspaper and date of this obituary are unknown.  However, it likely appeared in the Yankton Press & Dakotan in early February 1943.  I also do not understand the two-week delay in her funeral (February 1) from the date of her death (January 18).  One theory is that there was an autopsy, but since she had been ill for “several years,” that doesn’t make a lot of sense.  She is the wife of the brother of my great grandmother, and given the collateral nature of her relationship to me, I have not yet obtained her death certificate.

Frances Grace McLain Schneider obituaryOBITUARY


Frances Grace McLain was born on November 19, 1880 in Yankton, S. Dak. [sic*], where she grew to womanhood.

She was united in marriage to Edward Schneider on December 26, 1900, and to this union were born eight children.  After her marriage, she resided with the family near Utica, S. Dak., and from there they moved to Platte where they made their home for eight years.  In January, 1914 they returned to Utica where Mrs. Schneider then resided until the time of her death on Thursday evening, January 18, 1943.

She had been in ill health for several years, gradually failing during the last few months of her life.  She passed away at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Her husband, five daughters and two sons survive.  They are Helen, Mrs. Joseph Bride; Margaret, Mrs. Arthur Schramm; Mrs. Katherine Schramm and Rita Schneider, all of Yankton, and Elizabeth, Mrs. James Sorenson of Kansas City, Mo.; and Edward jr. of Aberdeen and Louis Schneider of Yankton.  Others who survive are her brother and sister, Dan McLain of Yankton and Mrs. Charles Holcomb of Morris, S. Dak.  There are also 24 grandchildren.

The death of Mrs. Schneider removed from the community one of its finest Christian mothers.  Her neighborliness and cheery nature, maintained despite her suffering, proved an example for all who came in contact with her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were conducted at 10 o’clock Monday morning February 1, from Sacred Heart church and interment was in the Catholic cemetery.  Eugene Kukral, Clarence Courtney, Louis Tacke, Emmett Brennan, R. E. Walpole and Frank Wagner were the pallbearers.


*South Dakota did not become a state until November 1889.  She would have been born in what was then called Dakota Territory.


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