Norman Francis Schnieder age 74 of Tracy passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Visitation is from 12:00 noon until 2:00 at the church on Saturday. There will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 12:00 noon. Burial is in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Norman Francis Schnieder was born on March 27, 1939, in Tyler, MN, to Francis and Augusta (Fehring) Schnieder. He was the 5th of 10 children. Norman attended school in Walnut Grove, MN. After high school Norm entered the Navy where he began his work with airplanes. When he left the Navy in 1963, Norman went on to get his A & P (Airframe and Powerplant) Certificate from Thief River Falls. Norm worked with airplane maintenance for over 50 years. On June 27, 1964, in Mankato, MN, Norman married Gail Donahue of Baudette, MN. They lived in Walnut Grove, Thief River Falls, and Milroy before making their home in Tracy, MN. When Norman wasn’t busy soaking up history, or learning about aviation and WWII fighters, he enjoyed spending time with his family, or, even better, combining all three pastimes. Norman was involved with the American Legion and Knights of Columbus.
Norman is survived by his wife Gail of Tracy; daughter Marge (Wayne) Jensen of Rogers, son Patrick (Lisa) Schnieder of Owings, MD, daughter Sarah (Mike) Maciej of Rogers, and daughter Jill (Lon) Dopp of Cottonwood; 8 grandchildren; Cory and Aric Jensen, Sean, Kyle and Katelyn Maciej, Jocelyn, Lauren and Conner Dopp; sisters Jeanette Bitker of Milroy and Mary Miller of Brooklyn Park; and brothers Michael Schnieder of Bloomington and John (Georgia) Schnieder of Eden Prairie. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Augusta, sisters, Alvera and Wanda, brothers, Dennis, Everett and Donald, nephews Jim Bitker and Eric Schnieder, brothers-in-law Raymond Schulte, Merlyn Bitker and Russell Miller.