Viola Schneider

Nov 15, 2012

Bedford, N.H. — Viola Starr Schneider, 79, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, after an extended illness.

Born in West Rockport, she was the daughter of Elmer and Anna Ranta Starr. Educated in Rockport schools, she earned her teaching degree from the University of Maine.

Although her husband’s career took the family to many states, Mrs. Schneider was always a devotee of the Finnish Heritage House and extensively documented local Maine Finnish families and their local Maine history. She has a library on Finland and the local Maine Finnish population.

Mrs. Starr is survived by her husband Paul W. Schneider of Bedford, N.H.; her son Scott Schneider and his wife Lois of Suffield, Conn., as well as two grandchildren, Douglas and Heather.

A celebration of Mrs. Schneider’s life will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. To share a memory or story with Mrs. Schneider’s family, please visit her online Book of Memories at

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