Volunteer Profile

Meet Karen Schneider

Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent

Photo by Carol Wagner Karen Schneider helps with many things at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Cecil.

Karen Schneider helps with many things at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Cecil.

She was born and raised in Suring, graduating from Suring High School. She attended University of Wisconsin-Stout for three years and worked during the summers at Milwaukee Dill in Bonduel, where she met her husband. She worked at Nuline in Suring for 18 years. Schneider then earned a degree in nursing from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and is a registered nurse today. She has worked at Woodland Village and Pine Manor.

Schneider and her husband, Jeff, who works at Menards, have been married 33 years and have two children. They live in the town of Washington, where she likes to go fishing and camping and enjoys cooking and baking.

Q How long have you been volunteering at St. Martin?

A I volunteered sporadically before Deacon Mike asked me to help. It seems to increase every year. It started when I had my children in religious education. I would say a few prayers while they were there before I took them home.

Q What do you do?

A I have been teaching the first grade for several years now. Deacon Mike asked if I would consider doing that. It’s every Wednesday during the school year. I took training courses through the diocese. I have the Children’s Liturgy every other week at the 9 a.m. Mass. They motivate and inspire me.

I help out with the food pantry. I’m one of the many volunteers. You walk out the door feeling you had the privilege of helping someone. One day a month we pack up the food and one day there is distribution. I make my own laundry detergent and then give it to the people who come to the pantry.

I have coordinated the funeral luncheons since last year. This is one of the traditions that I think is so important to keep alive. We should celebrate their life by preparing an elegant meal.

Q Why do you volunteer?

A My parents were big volunteers. I’m carrying on what other people did. It’s completely for selfish reasons. It’s the pure enjoyment that I feel when I’m doing it. It’s exuberating to be working with people and the people I work with inspire and impress me.