A prayer and remembrance service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, for Zudie Schnedar, 79, of Roswell, who passed away Nov. 28 in Silver Spring, Md. A funeral Mass officiated by Fr. Charlie will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
Zudie was born Feb. 7, 1934, in Pampa, Texas, to James Patrick and Zula Kirby Brown. Her parents preceded her in death as well as a son, Michael Joseph; her husband, Judge William Joseph Schnedar; and three brothers: Judge John Edward Brown, Bernard Franklyn Brown, and James Patrick Brown Jr.; and their wives (Molly, Marge and Joyce).
Zudie married William Joseph (Bill) Schnedar on June 12, 1954, in Pampa, Texas. They lived five years in San Diego, Calif., while her husband served in the Navy and two years in Albuquerque, while he completed law school.
They moved to Roswell in 1960, where they raised nine children. Zudie’s children were her pride and joy in life. In addition to being a mom to her own children, she treasured the special bond she had with her nieces and nephews and her children’s friends. She loved for her house to be the gathering place for family and friends as her kids grew up.
After taking care of her son, Mike, for six months before his death, Zudie was inspired to return to college in 1982 and became a registered nurse. She treasured her 10 years of nursing at St. Mary’s Hospital. Retirement brought new friends and new adventures. Zudie was a special advocate for children through the CASA program, as well as a prison minister. She found joy in bringing love, peace and hope to others.
Zudie’s faith was a cornerstone of her life. She was grateful for the foundation she gained from Holy Souls Church in Pampa, Texas, and the love and community she found in St. Peter’s Parish in Roswell. Zudie also enjoyed learning about other’s beliefs and their path to God.
Having spent her entire adult life in Roswell, Zudie had lifelong friendships that added immeasurable joy to her life. She enjoyed her tap dance group until late in life and loved her Friday mornings with the coffee-no coffee group. Zudie enjoyed life to the fullest, accepting along the way those sorrows everyone has in this life. All the experiences she shared with other people and through the causes that touched her heart gave her life purpose.
Zudie is survived by four daughters: Kathy Shimizu and her husband, Rob, of Laguna Nigel, Calif.; Patricia Schnedar and her partner, Kathryn Bader, of Oakland, Calif.; Cynthia Schnedar and her husband, Mark Polston, of Washington, D.C.; and, Mary Clouthier and her husband, David, of Denver, Colo. Zudie is also survived by four sons: Chris Schnedar and his wife, Carol, of Pensacola, Fla.; Mark (Polo) Schnedar and his wife, DeeDee, of Albuquerque, David Schnedar and his wife, Karen Snyder, of Falls Church, Va.; and Jim Schnedar, of Albuquerque.
Surviving grandchildren include: Jeff Schnedar and his wife, Kate; Jenny Engel and her husband, Matt; Chris, Matt, Ryan, and Sarah Shimizu; Mike, Nick, Lassel, Jessica and Megan Schnedar; Zane, Eli, and Sierra Polston; and Trevor and Corey Clouthier. Zudie is also survived by three great-granddaughters: Kaiya, Riley, and Addie Engel.
Zudie is also survived by sister-in-law, Jeanne Kunko, and her husband, Len, in Roswell (Ole!); one sister-in-law, Rita (Silky) Schnedar, of Ocenaside, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. Zudie will be missed as the catalyst behind several family reunions bringing together extended family from all areas of the country. Her greatest joy in life was being with family.
In lieu of flowers, Zudie requested that contributions be made to the Poor Clare Monastery, 809 E. 19th St. Roswell, New Mexico 88201-7599, in thanksgiving for all the prayers offered on our behalf throughout the years.
Friends may leave condolences online at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.