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Schneider family feels more loss from fire

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By Natasha LaFayette

The destruction of the West Cherry Street fire continues this week as Crystal Schneider died on Tuesday afternoon at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Her body gave up fighting for survival and she died naturally, according to her husband William Schneider.

“She put up a good fight,” said Schneider. “She’s in the good Lord’s hands. She is with my son.”

Doctor’s determined Crystal Schneider was taking a turn for the worse earlier this week when her body started to rejected treatment, said William Schneider.

“It was really hard because this was not only my wife, but my best friend,” said William Schneider choking back tears.

He recalled telling their six-year-old daughter about her mother’s death yesterday, saying how difficult it is to explain why she died.

William Schneider told his daughter her mother went to be with their son, to help take care of Jacob Schneider, 3, who died in the fire.

“How do you explain to a six-year-old that her mother just died,” said William Schneider.

Six-month-old Cynthia is still on the road to recovery. She will loose several fingers on her left hand and be without hair growth on her forehead, said Schneider.

However, Cynthia’s face has regenerated almost 100 percent and she is being well taken care of by the nurses in Nashville.

“It’s the one thing I have left of my wife is these two beautiful little girls,” said William Schneider. “And I have to stay strong for them.”

A memorial service for Crystal Schneider is being planned for Friday evening at Martin Wilson Funeral Home. Crystal Schneider will be buried next to her son at the Grantsboro Cemetery.

William Schneider again thanked the community for their support and kindness in his family’s time of need.