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Patricia M. Schnell
(02-16-1931 - 02-24-2018)

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Patricia M. Schnell, 87, of Elgin, passed away on February 24, 2018, at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, Illinois. She was born on February 16, 1931, on the South Side of Chicago, the daughter of Wilfred and M. Susan Guay. Pat graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago in 1949, went to Clarke College in Iowa where she was President of her Senior Class and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Chemistry in 1953. She served an internship as a medical technologist at Northwestern Medical School. She worked at Passavant Hospital. She served as President of St. Thomas More Women’s Club. And she helped found the Courtesy Room at St. Joseph Hospital, a social waiting room for chemotherapy patients staffed with volunteers who aided patients before care. Pat was a loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother whose focus and joy were her family. Her unconditional love and selflessness were evident in every aspect of her life where her empathic kindness and exquisite compassion were experienced by many whose lives she touched. Pat also shared with great generosity her artistic gifts contributing to church bazaars and other fundraisers through painting, ornament making, culinary arts and baking. She was a persistent seeker of truth and unwavering advocate of women’s and LGBT rights. She pursued learning throughout her life through books and scientific writings. Her deep and enduring love of music and the natural world was infectious to those who had the privilege of spending time with her. Survivors include her husband Theodore N. Schnell Jr., children Ted (Lisa) Schnell, Cathy (Dan) Van Handel, Bill (Jane) Schnell, Mary Jo Schnell (Janel Benore), John Schnell (Bill Siwicki), Barb Schnell (David Osbirn), grandchildren Brian (Marie) Schnell, David Schnell, Daniel Schnell, AnnaBeth Schnell, Abigail Schnell, Zach Van Handel, Jacob Van Handel, Kaylee Van Handel, Aiden Schnell, Zoe Osbirn, Sanjay Osbirn, and sister Susan Snorek. Pat was preceded in death by parents Wilfred and Susan Guay, siblings Bill Guay and Barbara Boedecker. Visitation will be 9:30 – 11 A.M. Friday, March 2, 2018 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 215 Thomas More Drive, Elgin, Illinois. Memorial mass will follow at 11 A.M. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to cancer charities of your choice. Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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