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Anne J. Schneider

Anne J. Schneider
Born: Jul 26, 1935
Died: Dec 13, 2016

Anne J. Schneider, 81, of Harlem went to be with her Lord on December, 13, 2016.  She died peacefully at the Benefis East Campus Heart and Vascular Intensive Care Unit with her husband Ralph Schneider of 49 years at her side.
Anne was born July 26, 1935, in Minot, North Dakota the second child of Jane (Ackerman) Jennings and Glen Jennings.  Anne began her music career at the age of 2 ½ playing the piano by ear.  She played nursery rhymes and technical exercises that her mother’s piano students played for their lessons at her home.
She learned to read music at the age of 10 when she began playing clarinet with the Minot school system.  While in high school the local band director asked her to help him out with his over-load of beginning clarinet students, thus beginning Anne’s private music teaching career at the age of 16.
Anne married at age 19, moved to Seattle and got a part time job teaching accordion, where her son Glen was born.
After a few years, she and her family moved back to Minot.   Anne established a woodwind studio and taught private music from her home and her husband worked at Pietsch Flying Service. 
Her next adventure was a pursuit of a college degree in music at Minot State College.  The education system insisted that she choose a minor.  She chose business education as her minor.
During her college years she divorced her 1st husband and met and married her current husband Ralph of 49 years.  They both were music majors with a business minor.
Anne and Ralph taught music and business classes in small town North Dakota school systems from 1966 to 1980.  They came to the Harlem School System as Music teachers in July of 1980, just in time to participate in the teachers strike.
Anne continued teaching elementary music for 17 years and retired at the age of 61 to join Ralph teaching music at the North Harlem Colony for 7 years.  She finished her music career as the pianist for the Harlem Catholic Church.
Anne is survived by her husband Ralph, her son Glen Pietsch of Leavenworth, Kansas, and her sister Judy Jeffries of Baltimore, Maryland.

Public Guest Book

Dec 20th
Dorothy Keller Lundy
Ralph, I have been visiting my daughter in Great Falls and was so very sorry to read in this morning's paper of Anne's passing. Thinking of you and all the memories of good music at Minot State.

With sympathy in your loss.
Dorothy Keller Lundy
Dec 21st
Tonya Jans
I was a student at Glenburn Public School during the time that Mrs. and Mr. Schneider were instructors there. Mrs. Schneider was a nice lady and her love of music shined through into her teaching. To share a funny story with the family, in 5th grade I had chosen to play the clarinet. I was having some struggles with this due to just not having the finger coordination needed for this instrument. One day Mrs. Schneider let my mom know that the clarinet wasn't working out for me very well. She added to the conversation "however, we always are in need of majorettes". This makes me chuckle even now. Blessings to your family and I am truly sorry for your loss.

Tonya (Christian) Jans and family


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