Lillie Mae Schindler


Lillie Mae Schindler, a lifelong resident of Schulenburg, passed away during the early morning hours of Saturday, March 14, 2020. Born July 11, 1928, Lillie was 91 years old.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Albert F. Schindler, who died in 2009. At the time of his passing, Lillie and Albert had been married 62 years. Lillie was the beloved mother

Lillie was the beloved mother to Larry, James and Jeanette. She treasured her four grandchildren: Josh Schindler of St. Louis, MO and Brooke, Tyler and Kyle Shipley of Sugar Land, TX.

A member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Lillie was an incredible homemaker and gardener. Her home was always immaculate, organized and beautifully decorated. Her passion, though, was flowers. Every spring, until the end of her life, she was always in pursuit of some particular plant or flower, in a particular color.

Lillie contributed greatly to the success of her husband’s business, Schindler’s Paint and Body Shop. She made countless runs to Weimar and Houston, to pick up paint and parts that her husband needed for the completion of a job. She also assisted in the invoicing and billing. In later years, Lillie managed the rental properties that she and Albert had acquired.

During the last 12 years of her life, Lillie experienced many physical hardships and medical conditions, all serious and several life-threatening. But the perfect patient, she was. She dealt with each obstacle positively and in studious respect for her doctors. She cooperated fully with treatment and brought each to its resolution, never complaining. “It is what it is,” she would say. Her mind stayed alert until the end. Only a day before her sudden decline, she spoke of the future and things she planned to do.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home handled the funeral arrangements and the family acknowledges Bryan and Mark for the excellent job done.

A Rosary was held on Monday evening, March 16 and the funeral was held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 17. Providing music for the service were Bruce Lebeda and Nicole Michalke. Pallbearers were grandsons, Tyler and Kyle Shipley; son-in-law, Dale Shipley; friend of the Shipley family, Mikey Dame; and nephew, Ronnie Meyer and his son, Brooks.

Her family writes: “We can all draw inspiration from Lillie’s strength and resilience. May she rest in peace for a life well-lived.”