Viona Elsie Aman Schnabel was born to Andrew and Pauline Nee Mettler Aman on July 24, 1918 on a farm 8 miles northwest of Freeman. She was baptized on December 5, 1918 by Rev. Henry Treick in the Kleinkassel Reformed Church. She attended Meadow Lane School District Number 21.
Upon confession of her faith she was confirmed on July 2, 1933 by Rev. U. Hogg. Her confirmation verse was Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”.
She continued her education by attending Freeman High School followed by one year elementary training at Freeman Junior College. She then taught two years in her home district.
In 1940, she was united in marriage with Tillman Schnabel. They farmed near Menno for four years. In 1944, her parents retired to Freeman, so they moved back to her birthplace farm. They enjoyed traveling and were able to take quite a few extended trips including Europe and Hawaii.
In 1966, they retired from farming. They built a home in Freeman where Viona lived until moving to Oakview Terrace in 2017. She worked at Fensel’s Greenhouse, Pine Hill Printery, and Custom Coils for several years. She volunteered for the Meals on Wheels program delivering meals to shut-ins for about 20 years. She was the church organist for many years. Embroidery was her hobby. She was a lifelong and faithful member of the Reformed Church.
In 1983, her husband Tillman passed away. More traveling was in their plans after retirement. Apparently that was not to be, so she together with her cousin, Norma, traveled extensively by way of conducted tours. She also enjoyed going to visit her nephews and their families who she loved as her own.
Surviving her are her sister-in-law Nora Aisenbrey of Menno, SD; her nephews: Dale (Ruth) Ibis of Homewood, IL; Rodney (Judy) Ibis of Eden Prairie, MN; Mark (Kriss) Ibis of Sioux Falls, SD; Alton (Bertha) Mettler of Menno, SD; Myron Mettler of Menno, SD; her nieces: Dianne (Bruce) Aisenbrey McBeth of Redwing, MN; Audrey Fergen of Menno, SD; and Cindy Aisenbrey of Menno, SD.
Preceeding her in death are her husband, Tillman; her parents, Andrew and Pauline Aman; her sister Meta, her father and mother-in-law, Daniel and Martha Schnabel; her three brothers-in-law, Elmer Ibis, Leo Mettler and Edwin Aisenbrey; and Agnes Mettler.