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Alexandra "Alex" Dyer Schwieder of St. Charles, Missouri left this life on Monday, October 23, 2023 in St. Peters, Missouri at the age of 28 years, 8 months and 12 days. Alex was born February 11, 1995 to Kem Schwieder and Pamela Ives Schwieder.
Alex was a happy baby and child. As she grew older, she would spend summers in Steelville with her Dad and attended school in Hazelwood, Missouri where her Mother resided.
After a horseback ride at the YMCA camp near Potosi her lifelong love of horses was born. When old enough she received a horse for Christmas that was promptly named "Jake." Jake was boarded at the Cape farms where her Grandmother Schwieder was born, and was well taken care of by the cousins still living there (especially Jana). Her happiest and most carefree hours were spent riding Jake in the Meramec River bottom, often with her special friend Meagan Medlock. She and Jake even won a trophy for barrel racing at the annual Steelville youth rodeo. She and her Dad could often be found bicycling and golf cart riding around Steelville.
Alex was also a "river rat" and enjoyed many hours floating and camping on the river with friends and family. She traveled extensively in the Summer to further her education. Her cousin Megan Starzyk often accompanied them, resulting in much hilarity and many untellable stories. Washington D.C. was an especially educational and memorable trip, as was a Disney trip with Aunts Sandy and Kris. She cruised on a Disney ship twice, learned to ski, white water raft, and mountain biking in Colorado, and could read a subway map in New York City. In New York she attended the Metropolitan Opera, and dined at the Russian Tea Room and Tavern on the Green after a carriage ride through Central Park.
The school year time with her Mother was also highlighted by many trips with cousins and friends. A Chicago trip to the American Girl store was particularly enjoyed and resulted in an adopted sister for Alex. Her Christmases were highlighted by the Teddy Bear Christmas Tea with her Mother and Grandmother Ives at the Ritz Carlton in St. Louis. She loved all genres of music and was often found dancing around the house. She was also passionate about the Cardinals, anything Tiffany, and her faithful companion and dog “Remus.” Cooking was a passion and was a big help to her Mom at the holidays, and she had a keen understanding of cooking beyond just following a recipe.
She had a kind heart and sweet spirit, and she cared deeply about people from all walks of life. Especially for those that, like herself as she grew older, struggled with life.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ed and Theresa (Cape) Schwieder and maternal grandparents, Donald and Marcella (Dyer) Ives; uncles and aunts, David Starzyk, Donnie Ives, Sandra Hampe and Nancy Baker.
Alex will be dearly missed by her parents, Kem (Annette) Schwieder of Steelville, MO and Pamela Schwieder of St. Charles, MO; uncles and aunts, Mark (Marcia) Schwieder, Steve (Theresa) Ives; Richard Hampe, Tom Baker, Kris (Glenn) Mabie and Sally Starzyk; cousins; other relatives; and friends.
The Family received friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, MO.
Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2023 with Rev. Jerry Beers officiating. Special music of "You Say" and "Swing Down Chariot" was played. Memories were shared by family members.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Steelville Cemetery.
Honored to be casket bearers were Kem Schwieder, Mark Schwieder, Glenn Mabie, Greg Orf, Richard Hampe and Herb Baumann with Art Hughes as Honorary.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given in Alex's name to Power of Hope, Equestian Center, 3 Farm House Lane, Steelville, MO 65565
The Schwieder Family was served by the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, MO.
Power of Hope Equestrian Center
3 Farmhouse Lane, Steelville MO 65565