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Nancy Schneider

Posted By Hall-Wynne On October 22, 2015 @ 3:24 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 13 Comments

CHAPEL HILL -Nancy Ann Dankes Schneider, 81, died unexpectedly on October 13th, 2015, at Duke Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born on April 14, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, to Walter and Dorothea Dankes. Nance flew model airplanes competitively and met a fellow competitor, Kenneth Schneider, in the registration line at Northwestern University, who became her husband of 60 years. She worked at Inland Steel, leaving her career to focus on raising her family. She and her husband enjoyed opera and photography as well as model airplanes. A very devoted mother, she enjoyed sewing clothes for herself and her children, cooking and baking, and ice skating. After moving to Durham, NC in 1976, she traded being an ice hockey mom for being an equestrian mom, caring for the horses her children rode. About the same time, personal computers came out and she embraced them, even taking classes to learn to repair them. The family also became some of the biggest Duke fans, holding season tickets for 40 years. Nance attended nearly every home game and many away games, including many of Duke’s national championships. Once the nest was empty, she began working with polymer clay and quilting. Prolific and talented at both, she especially loved quilting and was quilting right up to the day before she went to the hospital. She was a member of the Durham-Orange Quilt Guild and the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild.

Nance was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Derold Dankes and Dorothea Edna Unverzagt Dankes, and her husband, Kenneth Albert Schneider, MD. She is survived by her sister, Dorothea Flinn of Miami, FL, her brother, Philip Dankes and wife Dianne of Seattle, WA; her daughter, Della Schneider Martin and husband Mike of Cary, NC, and her sons, Dale Schneider and wife Kathy of Durham, NC, and Dwight Schneider of New York, NY. Her grandchildren are Kelsey Martin Taylor and husband Cory of Burnsville, NC, and Kerry Martin of Cary, NC. Her step-grandchildren are Dax Hock and wife Susan of Franklin, TN, and Tanner Hock and wife Sumeetha of Chapel Hill, NC; and six step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 2:00pm, Sunday, November 8, 2015 in the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service with Rev. Bryan Chestnut officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association or to your local animal shelter in her name.

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Condolence from Gjilberta on October 22nd, 2015 4:38 pm

My deepest condolences to you and your family.
She seems like she was a champion at everything she did.
I’m sure she’ll be remembered as such.
God Bless.

Condolence from Ginny Darnell on October 22nd, 2015 5:17 pm

I enjoyed many good times and trips with Nancy and Ken. They were great friends and devoted Duke folks. Nancy’s love for her children and grandchildren was mighty special. We will all miss her.
Thank you so much for posting this sad news on Facebook; I’m not sure Inwould have heard otherwise.

Condolence from Betsy Paquelet on October 22nd, 2015 8:45 pm

Dear Della and Mike,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May you find comfort in a lifetime of memories.

Wishing you all the best,

Your cousin, Betsy Paquelet Patrick

Condolence from Sandy Anderson on October 22nd, 2015 8:48 pm

Nancy, was a great friend and even after I moved to AZ she kept in touch with me via facebook and email. I am shocked to hear this news… What a sad day… She will surely be missed by many who have come to know her. I know she touched many lives in Durham. Thank you for posting this on facebook.

Condolence from Annitte Davis on October 23rd, 2015 11:40 am

Thinking of you and your family . I
remember being at your family farm back in the 90’s! Good times!! May peace be with you..

Condolence from Marcia Schneider on October 23rd, 2015 12:46 pm

I never stopped loving my ex sister-in-law Nancy or her family, even though we have been estranged for many years Nancy was a very special person in the lives of many people. I hope and pray she has found peace and is in the loving arms of those who passed on before her, including my wonderful brother-in-law Ken. May her family and friends cherish all the great times they had together, and her enduring love for each and every one.

Sincerely with my heartfelt sorrow,
Aunt Marcia

Condolence from Angela Wolfenberger on October 23rd, 2015 1:37 pm

Dear Dwight and Family

I am saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. You spoke of her often when we were in school, so I feel like I knew her. I think of you often, my friend.


Condolence from Robin Johnson-Vadala on October 23rd, 2015 10:47 pm

On behalf of the Johnson family, we would like to send our condolences to Nance’s family and friends. We are saddened to hear of her sudden passing. May her family live on with loving memories of her. We will pray for her family to heal from her loss.
Robin Johnson-Vadala .(Daughter of the late Richard and Ladean Johnson)

Condolence from Don Brooks on October 28th, 2015 1:52 pm

I became acquainted with Nance and Ken through my friend Jerry White, whose companionship with Ken dated back to Proviso High School in Chicago. Though Jerry and I became serious UConn BB fans, Ken and Nance seemed to enjoy inviting us to a Duke game once a year. And after Ken’s death, and Jerry became disabled with Parkinsons (and passed away this past March) Nance continued to extend the invitation to me now and then. It was a special treat and I’ll very much miss Nance’s outgoing personality and welcoming presence when I visited my mother in Chapel Hill these past few years. My condolences to Dale, Dwight and Della.

Condolence from Walter and Jen Flinn on November 2nd, 2015 7:19 am

We are so sorry for your loss. Aunt Nancy was such a kind person and had a giving heart. Whether it was making blankets for our children or sending care packages to Walter during his military deployments, she was always so giving. We are going to miss her and we know that she is in heaven and we will see her again someday.

Condolence from Julie Gordon on November 2nd, 2015 12:54 pm

Dear Della, Dale and Dwight,

I was very sad to hear the news of your mother’s passing. I have so many fond memories of our family gatherings in Illinois when we were young, and fond memories of both of your parents later in life, when we met up in Arizona. I adored both of your parents and was so sad to hear that Aunt Nancy has followed Uncle Ken. Please know that my heart is with you all in your grief, and I love and miss you all, dear cousins.



Condolence from Jack Schneider on November 3rd, 2015 1:30 pm

We all suffer a great loss with Nancy’s demise. I first meet her at an air plane meet at the Naval Station Great Lakes. It was a beautiful warm sun shinny day. Ken ( 13 years old) had entered Into the flying scale event. He had a beautiful yellow Hell Cat. Little machine guns, small instrument panel, canopy that opened with a little pilot at the controls. (This is flying on wires) When he had his first a temp to fly it a gust of wind blew the plane to the ground on the first lap. It did some damage, but the motor broke. That was almost his last flight. I went through the toolboxes and found some kind of welling stick that you light and you can weld white metal. I gave it to Dad and he welded it together. It worked. Then got his the 3 laps in and qualified for the trophy class.
The next circle over from us was the stunt flying event. There stood a little skinny knobby knee blonde standing in the center of the circle waiting for the guys to get her plane running. After many tries and Nancy yelling at them, her time had expired. She was out. She was so mad that she exploded and told everyone off and throwing her controls to the ground.
Some years passed . Ken was in college he told me he was dating and I asked him who it was and he told me Nancy Dankes. I asked him why would you go with an ill temper girl like that. He said she had changed. Sometime later I meet her again. Guess what she had changed for a skinny, ill tempered kid into a very petty like able young women. We became great friends. Don’t ever go buy your first impressions. I will never forget her and love her with all my heart.
Ken brought home a third place trophy.

Condolence from Jeanne Patrican on November 6th, 2015 12:25 pm

Nance was a beautiful woman with so many interests. I always liked spending time with her when I was visiting her son Dale and his wife Kathy. She is deeply missed; my condolences to the family.

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