Rochelle H. Schneider

June 18, 1939 ~ May 1, 2014

Schneider, Rochelle


Rochelle H. (Pigeon) Schneider, 74, Sioux Falls, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

Visitation will be Monday, May 5, 2014, from 3-7pm, at Linwood Wesleyan Church, Sioux Falls, with family present, 5-7pm. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 6th, 11:00am, also at Linwood Wesleyan, with Pastor Bob McHenry officiating. Internment will take place Thursday, May 8, at the Black Hills National Cemetery, at 10:30am.

Rochelle H. Pigeon was born June 18, 1939, to Bae and Pearl (Stevens) Pigeon. She was raised on the family farm near Dunseith, ND, and she attended and graduated from DHS in 1958. Rochelle met a young man and on June 18, 1960, she married Stanley Schneider. In 1961, the couple moved to Rapid City where they resided for most of their life together. Rochelle worked part time at the Jolly Lane Greenhouse. The family expanded when their daughter, Cyndy came into their lives and Rochelle elected to stay home and raise her. In 1981, she began working at Landstrom’s Jewelry in the production of Black Hills gold jewelry. She remained there for over 14 years. Rochelle and Stanley loved to travel and for several years they traveled to Yuma, AZ, in their motorhome. Unfortunately, Stanley died in 2003 and eventually Rochelle moved to Sioux Falls to be closer to her grandchildren.

Rochelle was a woman of many talents. She loved to cook and bake and cake decorating. She loved her roses and gardening was a major pastime. Sewing and mending also occupied her life as she made several dresses and other clothing for her family. You could also count on finding her television on QVC as she loved to shop. Rochelle loved spending time with her granddaughters and supported every event they participated in including musical performances and sporting events. She was very active with her church, Linwood Wesleyan, by assisting in the kitchen for any event and with her Sunday-School group as they met for coffee or other social events. She was seen regularly for coffee at both HyVee and Panera Bread with her friends. She also traveled with them to Branson, MO and other places. She also participated in the Red Hat Society.

Rochelle will be deeply missed by her daughter, Cyndy (Brad) Johnson, Sioux Falls; two granddaughters, Sarah and Katie Johnson; and two brothers, Bruce Pigeon, Garrison, ND, and Russell Pigeon, of Pick City, ND.

Rochelle was preceded in death by her parents, Bae and Pearl; her husband, Stanley; and one brother, Gary Pigeon.

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  • Mona Vander Zee says:

    How sad we are for Rochelle’s family upon the news of her death. May The Lord sustain and comfort those who mourn.

  • kathy grady says:

    Cyndy and family. I’m so sorry for your lose. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Rhonda Banker says:

    Cyndy, your mother was such a beautiful lady. Her loving and kind manner was such a comfort to so many. Her laugh would just make you smile and warm your soul. Our sympathy to you and your family. Love and prayers, Rhonda and Sohrab

  • pat kozlik says:

    Cyndy and all family;
    I worked with your mom in the press room at Landstroms for 7 years even after I moved to Kadoka we still yaked on the phone the last time I saw her was when she was moving to Sioux Falls and we had coffee as she went thru–what a shock to see my old friend is now gone-please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers and that your mom was truly a beautiful person.

  • Crissy Davies says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing women and a bright light in this world. She will be missed.

  • Tami and Mel Heilman and family says:

    Cyndy and family;
    Our deepest and heartfelt Sympathy goes out to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers! Aunt Rochelle will be greatly missed,May she rest in peace.

  • Joanne Davies says:

    To Cyndy & Family, We will all miss her. She was a very good friend. I never heard her say a bad word about anyone. She was always there when you needed her. Unfortunately, it looks like I will miss the services due to weather and illness.

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