She was born as one of 13 children, on April 6, 1936, in Brazil, Ind., the daughter of Edward Lee and Ethel (Crabb) McKinney.
Sarah attended Bee Ridge School and married Russell Eugene Schnurpel Sr. Dec. 23, 1950.
Sarah devoted her life to raising her family.
She was a wonderful cook and a talented poet.
She used music to teach her family "life lessons." She and her husband Russell loved traveling having spent time in California and New Mexico.
She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Ethel McKinney; husband Russell Schnurpel; siblings: Helen Smith, Beatrice "Minnie" McKinney, Helen Louise Craig, James McKinney, Robert McKinney, Carl McKinney, Harry McKinney, Johnny McKinney, Anna Mary Dickison and Clifford McKinney, sisters-in-law Mary Lou Schnurpel and Shirley Schnurpel; special brother-in-law Kenneth Balding.
Sarah is survived by her 5 children: Russell Schnurpel Jr., Terre Haute, Janet Schnurpel Recknor, Charles Schnurpel (Marty) , Arizona, Rhonda White (Chris) , Missouri and Larry Schnurpel (Sonya), Alabama; 14 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren; sisters Maudie Dickison and a brother George McKinney; brothers-in-law Charles Schnurpel (Carol) and James Schnurpel (Jan); sister-in-law Barbara (Gerber) Schnurpel; special sister Jackie Balding and her family as well as a large extended family. Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave. Brazil, Ind., 47834, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at 1 p.m.
Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home, Saturday, from 11 a.m., until time of services.
Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in her memory.