Amy Fouse Schneider died April 15, 2015 at the age of 45. She was born Aug. 26, 1969 in Detroit, Mich., to parents Brigitte Joerges and John Fouse.
At age 8, her family relocated to Pasadena, where she graduated from South Pasadena High. She married Roderick Keeler in 1991, and moved to Oakhurst in 1992, where she began working for the Madera Office of Education as a sign language interpreter. She earned her Masters in education, and in 2011, married Jeff Schneider.
Mrs. Schneider’s passion were children - hers, Jeff’s, and everyone elses. She enjoyed traveling from school to school within Madera and Mariposa counties to work with deaf and hard of hearing, loved cooking, gardening, country music, singing, and especially performing at the Golden Chain Theatre.
She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her children, Elise and Abby, husband Jeff, stepchildren Victoria, Lorelei, Anga and Michael; sisters, Annie, Emilie, and Katrina; nieces, and many other family members in Brazil.
A funeral service will be held 4 p.m., Thursday, April 23, at Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Church in Oakhurst. A Celebration of Life will be held the following day (April 24), 6 p.m. at the Golden Chain Theatre. This is an open invitation potluck to all friends and family. There will be singing, dancing and a D.J. until 10 p.m.
A community award in Amy Schneider’s name is being established at Yosemite High School. Checks can be made to YHS Scholarship Fund, and sent to 50200 School Road, Oakhurst, 93644.