Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Winifred Elmira Degraff Schneider
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Winifred Elmira Degraff Schneider
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Winifred Elmira Degraff Schneider
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: Schneider, Winifred Elmira Degraff
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300424
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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In Loving Memory

SWinifred Elmira

DeGraff &chneider

1:00 pm
Calvary Baptist Church
Monday, September 26, 1988
Interrient at Western Cemetery
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Arthur Schneider, Roy Schneider, George Schneider

Eileen Schneider, Ilsa Jarvis, Asta Gibbs

Esmeralda DeGraff, Lucille DeGraff

James DeGraff

Ilsa Fabio, Beryl DeGraff, Maria DeGraff
Constancia DeGraff

Franklin Jarvis

Twenty-six grandchildren
Twenty-one great-grandchildren

many nieces, nephews, cousins,
and other relatives and friends

Ronald Gibbs, David Jarvis, Darryl Lewis
Craig Schneider, George Schneider, Jr.,
Victor Schneider

Honorary Pallbearers
Dr. Roy Anduze, Sr., Dr. K.H. Chang,
Jacques DeGraff, Pershing DeGraff, Jr.,
Dexter Gibbs, Liston Gregory, Dr. Alfred Heath,
Franklin Jarvis, Dr. Sylvester McDonald,
Dr. John Moorehead, Mario Picayo,
Norman Schneider

May 24, 1909 September 22, 1988

Born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on May 24,
1909, Winifred was the first child of James and Zip-
porah DeGraff. Reared in a Christian home, Winifred
(affectionately known as Wini), attended Washington
Elementary School, then tie Commandant Gade
School, where she graduated in 1926. That same year
she began training in nursing at the St. Thomas
Municipal Hospital, and pursued a vocation which
she loved and devoted most 'of her adult years.
In 1931, she married tiuvis Schneider'of St.
Croix. They became the proud parents of three girls
and three boys. With the same dedication she gave to
her profession of midwifery, she guided her children
with wise counsel, a sense of loyalty and service, and
a love for the dignity and worth of all human beings.
To further her understanding of midwifery she
continued her studies at medical institutes in Puerto
Rico and the mainland. She delivered hundreds
of Virgin Islanders, and because of her warm, com-
passionate spirit, she became the godmother of many
of the youngsters, with whom she shared a mutual
affection. Although extremely busy with an often
more than 16 hour day at work, without complaint,
with herculean strength, she supported her family
and even found time to participate in church and
several civic affairs. With a keen sense of unswerving
values and a giving heart, she was always surrounded
by loyal friends and family members.
In 1976, she retired from government service, and
after a long period of failing health she died at her
home, peacefully, on the morning of September 22,

Order of Service

Processional Hymn
O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee

Opening Prayer ... Pastor Audley Charlton

Hymn... Blessed Assurance

Scripture Reading ... Pastor Charles Peters

Solo by Myrtle Flax

Eulogy... Arthur Schneider

Hymn ... When Peace, Like a River

The Sermon Pastor Audley Charlton

Anthem... St. Thomas Hospital Choir

The Nurses Prayer... All Nurses


Hymn.. .In the Hour Of Trial

Hymn ... O God Our Help In Ages Past

Prayer ... Pastor Charles Peters

Scripture, Interment
and Benediction ... Pastor Audley Charlton

Hymn ... What a Friend We Have In Jesus

We join hands in thanksgiving to the Almighty
Father for creating a mother as magnificent as you.
Your personal caring, support, and world gifts are
indelible memories. The untold moments of
precious joys and almost celestial love will return
and rekindle in our minds our fortunate times
spent with you in this temporal existence. If only
we could carry out but a thimbleful of your advice,
possess your love for life, kindness of heart and
absolute sense of fairness and devotion to a cause,;
we may fulfill some of your expectations. To
you, each of us owes our successes, our good
fortunes and the blessings of our children. Forgive
our failures and shortcomings. As you sit with the
Creator, in a place you truly earned, continue to
inspire us and enrich our lives to do those things
you taught us so well. Your spirit will live on, for
you believed with abiding faith in our Lord.
Farewell for now, until we join hands with you in
the Promised Land.

Eileen, lisa, Asta, Arthur, Roy and George

Perhaps you sent a lovely card,
or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a floral piece,
If so, we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the kindest words,
as any friend could say.
Perhaps you were not there at all,
Just thought of us that day.
Whatever you did to console our hearts,
We thank you so much, whatever the part.
the family

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