Mary Lou hails from Fond Du Lac, WI and now is from Taycheedah, WI.
Abstract from http://www.midwestfolklifefestival.org/Schneider.html
Mary Lou has earned a well deserved reputation as a decoy carver. Her first decoy was a modified bowling pin and her most recent carving is of two sturgeon that will adorn a wedding cake, made at the request of the spearing couple. But most of her decoys begin as a block of wood and end up resembling a fish ranging in size from small to as large as a sturgeon itself. She explains that sturgeon are curious and will come investigate, no matter what the decoy is.
Ondrick, Chuck and Brad Kimball. “Wisconsin Lake Winnebago Regional School of Making Ice Spearing Fish Decoys, Part 2.” Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine, Vol. 11, No. 4, (July-August, 2011), pp. 12-18. (Contains biographical profiles of Ed Frerks, Lloyd Wachter, Frank Casper, Mary Lou Schneider and Bob Wilson).
Also See: People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair With an Ancient Fish, Volume 2, By Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Ronald M. Bruch, Frederick P. Binkowski
Photo from Midwest Folke Life Festival