Beatrice Schneider

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Beatrice L. Schneider, nee Mayer, 90, of O’Fallon, IL, formerly of Belleville, IL, born October 19, 1930, in Troy, IL, died Thursday, January 21, 2021, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Bea was a 1948 graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame, Belleville, IL, and was crowned queen of the 10th annual Illinois Farm Sports Festival at the University of Illinois, Champaign, at the age of 18.  She was a stenographer at Lindauer Lindauer & Pessin law firm in Belleville, Il, and a model for the Patricia Stevens Modeling Agency. Subsequently she and her husband Joseph owned and operated Geissler Roofing Company, Inc., in Belleville.

Bea was a loving and compassionate wife, mother, and grandmother. A member of the Gateway Arch Bell Collectors Club, she was a long-time member of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Belleville and served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. She and her husband Joe were active in the charismatic group at the Kings House Retreat Center in Belleville.  She was past-president of the St. Teresa Grade School mother’s club, and a leader of the Clover Belles 4-H Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Joseph O. Schneider, whom she married on November 23, 1949, and who died on January 1, 2015; her parents, Albert and Agnes, nee Schlemer, Mayer; and three brothers, Earl, Leon, and Roy Mayer.

Surviving are three daughters and two sons, Elaine Ramsay, Alan (Peg) Schneider, Eric (Tina) Schneider, Valerie Phillips, and Laurie (Rob) Hart;
and ten grandchildren, Blake Edwards, Kyle Edwards, Tara Schneider, Julie Schneider,  Kasey Schneider (Josh) Bowker, Matthew Phillips, Gabe Schneider, Kayley McBride, Lauren Hart,  and Ashley Hart;
a great-grandchild, Micah Bowker;
a sister, Helen Bower;
and a brother, Robert Mayer.

Bea was gracious and selfless in life, approaching others and life’s obstacles with positivity. She taught honesty, empathy, and generosity everyday through her example. She will be forever missed and cherished as a kind heart whose life impacted many.

Memorials may be made to Smile Train, or to Operation Food Search.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Burial of Mrs. Schneider’s remains will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


10 Comments on Beatrice Schneider

Mary Munie said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2021 at 11:39 PM

Our condolences to the family of Bea, as my sister, Sally, was a lifelong friend of hers. Bea had a wonderful personality, very kind and gracious. Mary Phillips Munie and family

  • New Baden IL
  • Illinois
Mary Virgin said : Guest Report Jan 28, 2021 at 1:50 PM

Elaine & family Such a great loss for you .. May she Rest In Peace. ❤️

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Sheila (Seibert) Munie said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2021 at 5:17 AM

Dear Valerie and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I have fond memories of both your parents and I even though its been years since we've seen each other, I do remember our times at St. Teresa Grade School very well. Please accept my sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Peggy Gasparich said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2021 at 8:47 PM

So saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. She put up a great fight battling COVID. You can tell a lot about a person by looking at her children and her life. That said, she raised a wonderful loving family who cared for her deeply. She must have been a wonderful woman and mother. May she Rest In Peace. and feel the loving presence of her family on earth and those who passed before her.

  • OFallon
  • Illinois
Butch and Rosann Amann said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2021 at 9:37 PM

Sympathy and prayers to family and friends especially Laurie.

  • Marissa
  • IL
Vivian Heflin said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2021 at 9:36 PM

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. Praying God gives you peace during this difficult time. She is with our Lord and savior.

  • Spotsylvania
  • Virginia
Dorothy Vernier said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2021 at 7:33 PM

To my dear friend Bea who I loved so much. She was more than a neighbor. She was a good good friend. Many wonderful happy memories on Cardinal Drive. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for the family. She is now in heaven happy and safe.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois (IL)
Diane Ward said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2021 at 7:28 PM

My condolences to all family members. One of my fondest memories of Bea was when I saw her beautiful face show up at my mother’s funeral. What a blessing to me! She was a woman with a big and loving heart. I remember when I was in about the 6th grade and coming over to her house and enjoying dinner with the family. One dinner that I remember, in particular, was stuffed green peppers. Yum! She was such a beautiful soul and a great cook! She will be missed.

  • Spring
  • TX
June Grab Benedick said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2021 at 3:19 PM

So many great memories of your mom. Please accept my sympathies. Think of your family often especially over the holidays.

  • Swansea
  • State
Helen Bower said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2021 at 2:50 PM

My heartfelt sympathy to all family members. She was my best friend I loved her bushels. I shall miss her a bunch one day we will all be reunited. Love you much.❤❤

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