Barbara Schreiner

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Barbara Schreiner, 94, passed away May 8, 2018 in Hardin. She was born Feb. 2, 1924 in Portland, Ore. to Dr. I.N. “Bud” and Gertrude (Alexander) Smith.

She grew up in Laurel and graduated from Laurel High School in 1942. She worked for a time in Butte and Laurel before attending Montana State College (now MSU), where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She transferred to Montana State University (now UM).

She married Robert Wagnitz, and the couple had two daughters and later divorced. She married George Schreiner in 1975 and the couple enjoyed living in the country under Square Butte. George died in 1995.

Barbara worked for the Montana Power Company for over 30 years, retiring to travel on the semi with George and follow their racehorses.

Barbara was a devoted Laurel Locomotive fan. She attended basketball and football games into her 80s, and even made it to the 2018 Divisional Basketball Tournament at 94. She followed the sports careers of first her nephews, then grandsons, great-nephews and great-grandsons. She loved the Montana Grizzlies and traveled to Missoula to cheer them on until her health prevented her from making the trip.

Barbara loved to crochet and do handwork. She made beautiful items that are treasured family heirlooms. She volunteered many hours at the Alberta Bair and Community Hope in Laurel. She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter B Laurel and later Chapter L Hardin. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and later St. Joseph’s in Hardin. Barbara lived her last years in Hardin at the Heritage Acres Assisted Living.

Above all, she loved her family and was the best grandma and aunt ever. She never missed sending a card with a nice check in it to each grandchild on his or her birthdays and Christmas. She trekked across the country to be with her grandchildren and loved spending time with them.

She is preceded by her husband, her parents, her paternal uncle and aunt Slator and Vera Smith, her maternal aunt Grace Detlor, and cousin Willeen Smith Larsen.

Barbara is survived by her daughters Ann (Terry) Bullis and Barbara (John) Schnase; grandchildren Kristi (Patrick) Greenfield, Kent (Jenn) Bullis, Kellie (Travis) Newton, Nate (Leslie) Schnase and Lee Michael (Carlee) Schnase; her great-grandchildren Hunter and Ty Greenfield, Elliott and Addison Bullis, Jonathan Bazinet, Reese, Sloan and Averie Newton, Benjamin and Jackson Schnase; her great-great-grandson Rhett Greenfield; her brother Dr. John Smith, her nephews Mark (Chrysa) Smith, Greg (Kerrie) Smith and her niece Holli (Frank Jaavenpa) Krizek; her great-nephews Dane, Issac and Reiner (Becca) Smith, Jeremy and Cameron Krizek and greatniece Kira (Luke) Lombardi; her former sister-in-law Dione Smith; her cousin Tom Smith; and her former husband Bob Wagnitz who lovingly sat and held her hand through the last difficult days. She will be so missed by her family.

The family would like to thank the staff of Heritage Acres for loving attention, the nurses at Big Horn County Memorial Hospital who worked so hard to make her last days as comfortable as possible, and Dr. Kirsten Morissette who treated her with dignity and loving concern. We are so grateful to all of you.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hardin with private inurnment to follow. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements. If friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of their choice.

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