Donna Mae Schnoor, 85, went to her heavenly home on Friday, May 28, 2021, in Rockford, IL. She was a cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. Donna was a woman of devout faith. She was a strong believer in the power of prayer and in the grace of the Lord.
Donna was born in Winterset, IA to Claude and Essie (Snyder) Drake on May 4th, 1936. She was married to Emery Henry Schnoor on November 12th, 1952. Donna and Emery started their life together in St. Charles, IA on a farm where they had ten children. In 1969, they moved to Pine River, MN and started a new farm where they had an additional three children. Donna stayed in Pine River, MN for the remainder of her life. In addition to her children and in-laws, Donna’s motherly warmth and kindness was experienced by not only her family, but everyone who met her many would refer to her as “Mother”.
Donna (Grandma) became a grandmother in 1978 and poured all her faith and love into her thirty-five grandchildren as well as her twenty-two great-grandchildren ever since. She would regularly take her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to church with her on Saturdays or read scripture to them on days when services were missed. She would play worship music and sing enthusiastically while spending time in the kitchen with her children and later her grandchildren.
Donna was an avid card player. She was competitive, talented, and grace-filled in her approach to the various card games she played. She loved teaching all the family members different games, no matter their age or talent. Grandma maintained a very large garden, one that served her twelve children and had plenty to give away to friends and neighbors. Grandma was a warm host to anyone who stopped by, especially to unexpected friends and family. Grandma loved to slip in a prank here and there; this was especially shocking out in public where she would appear to be the innocent bystander and her fellow patrons would be blamed for her car horn honking or whistling.
Mother, Grandma, Great-Grandma, you are missed beyond what words can express. You will always remain in our hearts and we find peace in knowing you are with your heavenly Father.
Donna is survived by her children; Romaine Schnoor of Rockford, IL, Randy (Kim) Schnoor of Pine River, MN, Mark Schnoor of Sebeka, MN, Warren (Jenny) Schnoor of Pine River, MN, Donna (Charles) McCoy of Pine River, MN, LaVonne (Gilbert) Whittemore of Milaca, MN, Timothy (Kim) Schnoor of Pine River, MN, Hubert (Susan) Schnoor of Rockford, IL, Kristy (David) Warner of Oregon, IL, Westley (Jennifer) of Sebeka, MN, Essie (Bruce) Neumann of Pine River, MN and Hans (Kim) Schnoor of Nisswa, MN; her grandchildren; Andrew Hagen of Menomonie, WI, Michael (Moe) McCoy of Pine River, MN, Jason (Krystal) McCoy of Staples, MN, Amanda Tennier (Gerry) of Jenkins, MN, Adam McCoy of Staples, MN, Sarah (Johnathan) Turner of Rockford, IL, Theodore (Amanda) Schnoor of Boyd, WI, Seth Schnoor of Rockford, IL, Michael Spielman of Pequot Lakes, MN, Alice (Shane) Packett of Augusta, WI, Brooke (Dene) Byers of Milaca, MN, Charles B (Carmen) McCoy of Pine River, MN, Carmen (Nate) Wgeishofski of Brainerd, MN, Nicole McCoy of Pine River, MN, Samuel Schnoor of Rockford IL, Bailey (Michael) Bussmann of Foley, MN, William Schnoor of Pine River, MN, Heather Schnoor of Sebeka, MN, Brandhi Whittemore of Minneapolis, MN, Rachel Warner of Oregon, IL, Dylan Schnoor of Sebeka, MN, Lucy Schnoor of Pine River, MN, Betty Schnoor of Rockford, IL, Jacob Schnoor of Pine River, MN, Paul Schnoor of Pine River, MN, Remington Warner of Oregon, IL, Tyler Schnoor of Pine River, MN, Syler Schnoor of Pine River, MN, Gracie Schnoor of Sebeka, MN, Alexander Schnoor of Nisswa, MN, Auraya Schnoor of Nisswa, MN, Darrian Schnoor of Pine River, MN, River Schnoor of Pine River, MN, Kennedy Grossman of Nisswa, MN, Henry Schnoor of Nisswa, MN; her great-grandchildren; Lillian, Hannah, Cynthia, Bryce, Passion, Todd, Victoria, Alayah, Amalya, Lucas, Tristian, Haley, Aubrey, Shayna, Ceyara, William, Elizabeth, Austin, Alayna, Addyson, Octavia and Joseph.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Emery Schnoor, her parents; Claude and Essie (Snyder) Drake, her daughter; Emily Schnoor, her grandchildren; Scott McCoy and Cheryl Dailey, great-granddaughters; Arial McCoy and Valenta Hagen, her brothers; Jack, Bud, Glen, Donovan, John, Garry, Larry, and Fred, and her sisters; Betty, Marlys, Mary Jo, Marilyn Joann, and Janis.
Services were held on June 6 at Kline Funeral Home in Pequot Lakes, MN. Burial was in Sayre Cemetery in St. Charles, IA.