Doris Schnuck, whose family grocery business has grown to one of the largest privately held companies in St. Louis, died Saturday at age 88 at her home in Clayton, Mo., the St. Louis Business Journal reports.
Mrs. Schnuck, the wife of the late Donald O. Schnuck, had been in failing health, Schnuck Markets spokeswoman Lori Willis told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Donald Schnuck died in 1991 at age 69. He was one of three children of Edwin H. Schnuck and his wife, who began the family business in 1937 as a wholesale meat company. Donald and Doris married in 1944. The four families had opened a combined seven retail stores by 1947, the Journal reports.
Schnuck Markets had grown to $2.5 billion in revenue last year, with more than 10,900 of its total 14,800 employees based in the St. Louis area. Don and Doris Schnuck’s six children now run the business, the Journal says.
The Children’s Garden at Missouri Botanical Garden is named for Mrs. Schnuck, who also supported the St. Louis Zoo, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Funeral arrangements are pending.