Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Goodbye Grandma Marlene




Sorry that I have been away. Adam's Mom passed away unexpectedly two weeks ago. As you can imagine, it has been a sad time for our family. It is tragic when someone so young dies (she was 61), but our sadness is compounded by the fact that she died so soon after Henry's birth. Marlene wanted to be a Grandmother forever. Unfortunately we were not able to give her a grandchild sooner, but we are happy that she at least got to realize this dream and spend time with him before she passed.

She was a devoted mother to Adam and Barry, and would have done just about anything for them. She and Joe were as close as a married couple could be, and did almost everything together. My heart just breaks for them, she was the glue that kept their family together.

I had the pleasure of knowing her for almost 17 years. She readily accepted me as part of her family and included me in everything. She always expressed interest in my friends, and family and during every phone call or visit always inquired about what they were doing and their well-being. Although we were two very different people from different generations, we always had a lot of fun together. She would say lots of crazy things that always gave us a good laugh.

She will be missed.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

i think marlene would be very pleased and happy by what you wrote about her she always talked about you and how she loved you and she was so very happy when you and adam got married and then when henry came along she was so thrilled i know i worked with her and we became first time grandmothers together..you are right she will be missed i was very fond of her..my name is lucille and i worked with her sshe was truly one of a kind and a good person who loved her husband and children and henry with all her heart

Vanessa said...

Lucille,

Thanks for posting. Marlene loved working with you and the rest of the people at the office. You hit the nail on the head, she was one of a kind!

Vanessa

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire Schnell family - and we agree that Marlene's passing was a great loss. If you can take any consolation, know that you & Adam made her the happiest person alive when you gave her the gift of being a Grandma. At least she was here to enjoy Henry for a while - and she will continue to "watch over" all of you from where she is now.
My love to all,
CJ

lucille said...

i hope the family is doing well i worry for joe she was his whole world..can you send me a picture of Henry either his birth announcement or x-mas card or just a picture of him alone i want to put it on our board at work of all our grand children i have mine and diann's but marlene's is missing..you can send it to me : lucille giattino, 75 darcy circle, islip, ny 11751

Anonymous said...

YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT MARLENE BEING A GREAT LOSS. I MISS HER SO MUCH! SHE ALWAYS LOOKED OUT FOR ME WHEN IT WAS TIME TO GO TO FAMILY EVENTS- SHE PICKED ME UP AND WE TALKED AND LAUGHED ABOUT EVERYTHING AS WE DROVE TO SHOWERS, ETC. SHE WAS AMAZING! JEANNINE MCQUADE