Lona R. Schreier
Mass of Christian Burial for Lona R. Schreier, age 86 of Verdigre, Nebraska, will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Verdigre. Reverend Kizito Okhuoya will be Celebrant, with burial in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery in Verdigre.
Visitation will be Monday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Verdigre, with a 7:00 p.m. Wake Service.
Brockhaus Funeral Home of Verdigre is in charge of arrangements.
Lona died Thursday, December 5, 2013, at Alpine Village Retirement Center in Verdigre.
Lona Rae (Leonard) Schreier, youngest daughter of Ralph and Minnie (Mauch) Leonard was born July 8, 1927 north of Bassett, Nebraska. Lona's family included brothers: Lynn, Ervin, Victor, Max, Robert, Benjamin and William; and sister, Erma. The family moved to Ainsworth, Nebraska, where Lona graduated from High School in 1944. In 1948 she graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) with a major in Spanish and a minor in English, where she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. Lona moved to Denver, Colorado right after graduation and worked as a Spanish secretary.
Lona married Philip L. Schreier of Verdigre on August 30, 1949. They were blessed with seven children: Philip Michael, Stephen, Teresa, Mark, Christopher, Clifford, and Catherine. In 1950, Lona and Phillip moved from Denver with their young son, Philip Michael, to Stratton, Nebraska, where Phil managed a lumber yard and grain elevator. In 1959, they moved to Verdigre where Phil joined his father in the family lumber business. During this time, their family grew, and Mother and Homemaker continued to be Lona's full time job.
In the mid to late 60's, Lona returned to UNL, and received her teaching certificate. Teaching became the major focus of her professional career. Lona taught Spanish and English for over 20 years in the Verdigre and Creighton, Nebraska school systems. She took one of her Spanish classes to Mexico to experience life in a Spanish speaking country. She was also Drama Club adviser and play director at Verdigre as well as participating in community theatrical productions. Her prowess at drama direction was evident when her high school duet acting team won a state title.
Lona's interests included bird watching, tatting, crossword puzzles, cooking, canning, baking, reading, and compiling family history. She documented several hundred species of birds. In 1979, Lona composed and published a book of poetry about birds, Flights of Fancy. Lona covered the local and surrounding news scene and provided poetry for the Verdigre Eagle. Future generations of Schreier's have continued writing with two grandchildren choosing journalism as careers.
Lona and Phil built a modern cabin on the Niobrara River where they lived two to three days every week throughout the year. The cabin became the focal point of bird watching outings where she hosted several Nebraska Ornithological Union meetings. She and Phil hunted deer together, and Lona bagged her first deer on one of these outings.
Lona and Phil took two sight-seeing trips to Mexico. They also spent two weeks in Norway (Bodoe) visiting Chris and family while they were stationed there. This was the trip of a lifetime.
Surrounded by her family, Lona passed away on December 5, 2013, at Alpine Village Retirement Center in Verdigre, Nebraska. She had spent the last year of her life as a resident there.
Lona's strong religious faith as wife and mother served as a guidepost for her entire life.
Survivors include Phil, her husband of 64 years; and children: Phil (Jeanne) Schreier of Omaha, Nebraska, Steve (Marie) Schreier of Verdigre, Teresa (Dave) Keizur of Long Beach, Washington, Mark (Diana) Schreier of Omaha, Chris (Cindy) Schreier of Verdigre, Cliff (Lona) Schreier of Rochester, Minnesota, and Cathy Ferguson of Grand Island, Nebraska. Lona and Phil have enjoyed their 16 grandchildren in recent years, and also have seven great grandchildren.
Lona was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings.
Per family request, memorials may be sent to Alpine Village Retirement Center, Verdigre.