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Dena Schnyders

February 18, 1921 ~ August 27, 2017 (age 96)

Dena Schnyders was born on Feb. 18, 1921 to James and Hattie (Bleyenburg) VerHey near Steen, Minnesota. The oldest of six children, she went to school through eighth grade and then helped with the family, and other families. She worked locally before marrying Daniel Schnyders in the Protestant Reformed Church of Edgerton on May 11, 1952, while he was in the Air Force. They raised three children: Jerry, Melinda and Kevin. Dena was a loving wife and mother. She supported Dan and the children in all their involvements. She loved to cook for her family and was a wonderful hostess. Dena was a beautiful sewer and helped out in 4-H sewing. She had a beautiful alto voice. She liked to have a good laugh with her sisters and friends. Like Dan, she loved Edgerton, where they lived their entire lives. Dan and Dena had many beloved friends and relatives with whom they traveled and had fun times. She worked at the Edgebrook Care Center, then she later resided there in her final years. Dena passed to glory at the Pipestone County Medical Center on August 27, 2017, at the age of 96 years, six months and nine days.

Dan passed just last Nov. 11, 2016. Dena was also predeceased by her parents; her sister Adriana Hofstee and two brothers, Art VerHey and Arie VerHey; and a great-grandson, Trygve Schnyders.

She is survived by her three children, Jerry (Sheila) Schnyders of Worthington, Minnesota; Melinda (Calvin) Bratt of Lynden, Washington; and Kevin (Clara) Schnyders of Belle Plaine, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren, Ryan, Scott and Tony Schnyders, Rachel Penkoff, Rebecca Gebbers, Julie Vander Laan, Jill Sandbulte, Daniel and Andrew Schnyders and Amanda Junkert; 15 great-grandchildren; and sisters Ann Miersma of Rock Valley, Iowa, and Jeanne Jabaay of Yucaipa, California.

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