Madella F. Schnippel, 79

Madella F. Schnippel, 79, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, April 8, 2012, at the St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born on Oct. 13, 1932, in Carthagena, the daughter of Adolph and Theresa (Wuebker) Severt, and they preceded her in death.  

On June 11, 1955, she married James C. “Jim” Schnippel, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 2007.  

She is also survived by six children, Deb (Dave) Heitz, Jerry (Janet Schipper) Schnippel, Sue (Denny) Shroyer and Tony (Melanie Dubois) Schnippel, all of Wapakoneta, Brian Schnippel of Botkins and Janet (Jim) Heitkamp of New Bremen; 16 grandchildren, Darian (Jairan) Heitz, Denise (Brian) Oberhaus, Diane (Chris) Harrod, Jeff (Rebecca) Schnippel, Juli (Kiel) Donelson, Joann, Jason, Kaylee, Amber and Lucas Schnippel, Adam, Ashley and Abby Shroyer and Jamie, Jodi, Justin and Jenna Heitkamp; six great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Emily Harrod, Blake Harrod, Aria and Kamden Heitz and Ethan Oberhaus; three siblings, David (Emma) Severt of Wapakoneta, Loretta (Robert) Westerheide of Mount Vernon and Sarah Dotson of Lima.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Roman Severt; two sisters, Edna Greve and Rosemary Shawhan.

A homemaker, Madella helped in the family business, Schnippel Electric Plumbing & Heating in Wapakoneta. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, and sang in the Resurrection Choir.

A member of the K of C Council 1272 Auxiliary, she was a member of the former Catholic Ladies Sodality. She was active with the St. Joseph Sewing Ladies and enjoyed playing cards. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 691 in Wapakoneta.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Matthew Lee officiating. Burial is to follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Wapakoneta.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, State Route 501, Wapakoneta.

Memorials may be directed to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Renovation Fund.

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