In Loving Memory
Calvary Baptist Church
Monday, September 26, 1988
Interrient at Western Cemetery
Arthur Schneider, Roy Schneider, George Schneider
Eileen Schneider, Ilsa Jarvis, Asta Gibbs
Esmeralda DeGraff, Lucille DeGraff
Ilsa Fabio, Beryl DeGraff, Maria DeGraff
many nieces, nephews, cousins,
and other relatives and friends
Ronald Gibbs, David Jarvis, Darryl Lewis
Craig Schneider, George Schneider, Jr.,
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,
WINIFRED ELMIRA DeGRAFF 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
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
AT THE GRAVESIDE
Hymn ... O God Our Help In Ages Past
Prayer ... Pastor Charles Peters
and Benediction ... Pastor Audley Charlton
Hymn ... What a Friend We Have In Jesus
FAREWELL TO MOTHER
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.