B. April 6, 1907 in Kaiserlautern, Germany
D. February 17, 1970 (last residence in Grayslake, Lake County, IL)
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  • Wife: Ella Marian (Fuchs) (Schneider) Knisely born February 18, 1913 in Ludwikowka, Poland daughter of Anton Fuchs and Lucille (Gewerth) Fuchs; married (1) Otto Schneider on May 3, 1935 in Cook County, IL; married (2) George Knisely; Ella last residence in Antioch, Lake County, IL; Ella died July 24, 2006 in Round Lake Beach, Lake County, IL; buried in Home Oaks Cemetery, Lake Villa, Lake County, IL; According to the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch obituary:

“ELLA M. KNISELY (February 18, 1913 – July 24, 2006) – Ella M. Knisely, 93 years old of Round Lake Beach, IL, formerly of Antioch passed away Monday, July 24, 2006 at Hillcrest Nursing Center, Round Lake Beach.  She was born February 18, 1913 in Germany the daughter of the late Anton and Lucille (Gewerth) Fuchs, moving to Chicago in 1921.  In 1953 she moved to Antioch and in 2001 she settled in Round Lake Beach.  Ella worked for many years as an inspector for Baxter Laboratories before her retirement in 1975.  She had attended St. Peter Church in Antioch, was a member of the AARP, and enjoyed playing pinnacle and crocheting afghans.  Survivors include four children; Richard (Jean) Schneider of Manitowish Waters, WI, Elaine (Lonnie) Eslinger of Antioch, Charlene (Michael) McGreal of LaCrosse, WI, and Fred Schneider of Zion, IL; nine grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands: Otto Schneider and George Knisley, and four brothers; Joe Fox, Adolph Fox, Hubert Fox, and Leo Fox.  Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday July 26, 2006 at the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch 1055 Main St. (Rte 83) Antioch, IL with visitation starting at 9:30 AM.  Interment will follow in Home Oak Cemetery, Antioch.  In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make donations to Condell Hospice in her memory.  Please sign our guestbook at”

  • Children:
    1. Richard D. Schneider born February 16, 1936 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; married Jean
    2. Elaine (Schneider) Eslinger born June 12, 1938 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; married Lonnie Eslinger
    3. Charlene (Schneider) McGreal; married Michael McGreal
    4. Fred Schneider
  • Siblings:
    • Fred Schneider

Additional Information:

According to the Illinois, Federal Naturalization Records, 1856-1991:

“Petition for Naturalization – To the Honorable the District Court of The United States of Chicago, Illinois.  The petition of Otto Schneider, hereby filed, respectfully shows: (1) My place of residence in 1860 Maud Ave., Chicago, Ill. (2) My occupation is chauffeur (3) I was born in Kaiserlautern, Germany on April 6, 1907.  My race is German (4) blank (5) I am married. The name of my wife is Ella, we were married on May 5, 1935 at Chicago, Ill.; she was born at Ludwikowka, Poland on February 20, 1913; entered the United States at New York, N. Y. on December 20, 1920 for permanent residence therein and resides with me.  I have 2 children, and the name, date, and place of birth, and place of residence of each of said children are as follows: Richard born February 16, 1936; Elaine, June 12, 1938; both born in and residing in Chicago, Ill.  My wife is a U.S. citizen through the naturalization of her father, Anton Fuchs, admitted U. S. Dist. Ct., February 24, 1928, Chicago, Ill.  (6) My last foreign residence was Machenbach, Germany.  I emigrated to the United States of America from Hamburg, Germany.  My lawful entry for permanent residence in the United States was at New York, N. Y., under the name Otto Schneider on January 31, 1928, on the vessel SS New York as shown by the certificate of my arrival attached hereto. (7) blank (8) I am able to speak the English language (9) I have resided continuously in the United States of America for the term of 3 years at least immediately preceding the date of this petition, to wit, since January 31, 1928 and in the County of Cook this State, continuously next preceding the date of this petition, since February 1, 1928.  Petition filed under Section 2, Act, September 22, 1922 as amended.  Signed: Otto Schneider on September 7, 1939.”

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 1860 Maud Avenue, the household members were: Otto Schneider, head, age 33, married, highest grade completed: 7, born in Germany, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: chauffeur – morter supply company; Ella Schneider, wife, age 27, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Germany, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: assembling – electrical supplies mfg.; Richard Schneider, age 4, single, born in Illinois; Elaine Schneider, daughter, age 1, single, born in Illinois.

According to the U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:

“Name: Otto Schneider; Address: 1860 Maud Ave., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; Age in Years: 33; Date of Birth: Apr. 6, 1907; Place of Birth: Kaiserlautern, Germany; Country of Citizenship: United States; Name of Person who will Always know your Address: Mrs. Ella Marian Schneider; Relationship of that Person: Wife; Address of That Person; 1860 Maud Ave., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; Employer’s Name: Mortar Supply Company; Place of Employment: 3737 Morse Ave., Lincolnwood, Cook County, Illinois; Race: White; Height: 5′ 11″; Weight: 175; Eyes: Blue; Hair: Brown, Bald; Complexion: Ruddy; Other obvious physical characteristics: Accent; Signed: Oct. 16, 1940”

According to the Chicago Daily News (Chicago IL) Wednesday, February 18, 1970, page 25:

Otto Schneider, formerly of Round Lake Beach, Ill., dear father of Richard, Elaine Eslinger, Fred and Charlene McGreal, loving grandfather of nine, fond brother of Fred.  Services Thursday, 11 a.m., at MacGillis Funeral Home, 350 Goodnow Blvd., Round Lake, Ill  Interment Fort Hill Cemetery.  546-3300.”