Alphonse W. “Hans” Schneider, 90, of Malone died peacefully at his home on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021.
Hans was born Feb. 14, 1931 to Bruno and Clara (Freund) Schneider in Jericho. He married Ella Mae Koenigs at St. John the Baptist Church in Johnsburg on Oct. 2, 1951. Hans and Ella Mae recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
A farmer all his life, Hans began farming in the Jericho area. In 1963, he and Ella Mae purchased her parents’ farm in Johnsburg. In July 2021 they were awarded the Sesquicentennial Ownership Certificate by the State of Wisconsin in recognition of 150 years of continuous family farm ownership.
Hans loved music. He could be heard singing in the barn, on the tractor, and in the church choir. He also sang with the Longbranch Saloon singers and sang and played harmonica with the Melody Mixers band. Every family reunion, garage party and Christmas gathering involved singing, and his beautiful tenor voice will be truly missed.
Cherishing his memory are his loving wife, Ella Mae, and their children, Barbara (Steve) Knickel, Grace (Joseph) Wagner, Dave (Julie) Schneider, Gloria (Gary) Stenz, Yvonne “Bonnie” (Rick) Pfeifer, Karen (Ken) Steffes, Mike (Janet) Schneider, Dan (Sherry) Schneider and Rick (Patti) Schneider; 21 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Germaine Mand, Romilda Schmitz and Evie Pavlicek; his brother, Frank (Ginny) Schneider; and brothers-in-law Ron Reinl and Eddie Koenigs.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Bruno and Clara Schneider; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Mary Koenigs; his brother, Melvin (Dorothy) Schneider; his sisters, Marcelline (Ralph) Gundert, Dolores Reinl and Mildred Koenigs; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Gilbert Mand, Donald Schmitz, Marvin Muellenbach, Lou Pavlicek, Melvin (Alice) Koenigs, Delmore Koenigs, Lawrence Koenigs and Edna Koenigs.
The family would like to give special thanks to Hans and Ella Mae’s caregivers, Shannon Freund, Judy Costello and the team, whose care and devotion allowed them to remain in their home. Special thanks to Dr. Strong, Agnesian (SSM) Hospice, and Father Randy.
A Liturgy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23 at Our Lady of the Holyland Parish-St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, N9288 CTH W, Malone. The Rev. Randy Knauf, OFM Cap., will officiate. Hans will be laid to rest in the parish cemetery.
Family and friends may visit with the family at the church in Johnsburg on Thursday, Dec. 23 from 1 until 4 p.m.
For further details, please contact the Sippel Funeral Home in St. Cloud at (920) 999-2291 or www.sippelfuneralhome.net.