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12-28-04, 08:12 AM
Published Tuesday
December 28, 2004

Elizabeth R. Schneider was one of few female Marines of WWII

BY JOSEFINA LOZA



WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Elizabeth R. Schneider, who served in the Marines during World War II and competed in the Senior Olympics and Cornhusker State Games, died Sunday at age 85.

She earned several medals in swimming and track-and-field meets and competed in athletic events alongside her husband, Elmer M., until she turned 79.

Schneider, who suffered from pneumonia, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease three years ago.

A memorial service with full military honors is scheduled for her at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St.

Schneider was born in St. Joseph, Mo., the daughter of a railroad worker. Her family settled in Omaha when she was in her early 20s, said her daughter, Mary Ann Brown of Omaha.

She earned an education degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia and taught a year in Kansas. She later worked as a substitute teacher for Omaha's Catholic school system.

Those who knew her said she was heavily involved in Girl Scouts, earning the title of Golden Eaglet. In 1943, she joined the Marine Corps and served two years, becoming one of a small number of women who served in the Marines during World War II.

"She didn't put up with nonsense. That's for sure," Brown said. "You didn't mess around with mother."

Two of her sons also joined the Marines, and a granddaughter is serving in the Navy.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Kathleen Anderson.

In addition to Brown, she is survived by another daughter, Rose Wozny, of Omaha; sons, Michael of West Liberty, Iowa, Patrick and Thomas, both of Omaha; and five grandchildren.

Ellie