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Nancy Irene Schimmel

September 6, 1934 October 10, 2015
Nancy Irene Schimmel
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Obituary for Nancy Irene Schimmel

Nancy – To Love And Be Loved – A Wonderful Life

Nancy Irene Schimmel (nee Anderson), a longtime resident of Milford, died on October 10, 2015 at age 81. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William P. Schimmel in 2012 and is survived by daughters, Mary Schimmel and Anne (Greg) Schimmel-Beck; sons, John (Sandy) Schimmel and Charlie Schimmel; grandchildren, Rose, Nicholas, Grace, Hailey, Maria and Sophia; brothers, David, Chuck and John Anderson; brother-in-law, Larry (Irene) Schimmel; sister-in-law, JoAnne (Tom) Ryan and many extended family members and dear friends.

Nancy was born in Detroit, Michigan as the oldest of four children of Charles and Irene Anderson. She attended St. Brigid Elementary and Visitation High School. Nancy met her husband Bill while working at Chrysler Corporation, and married in 1961.

Nancy lived a “well-lived” and “well-traveled” life. Her places of exploration did not take her to exotic or distant lands, but were generally relegated to the City of Detroit and its environs, particularly to the various Catholic churches throughout the City, and especially to Ste. Anne de Detroit, where she was an active parish member, all mob masses throughout the city, any hospital and funeral visits for friends or relatives.

Favorite haunts also included Rhapsody Hungarian Restaurant, Eastern Market, Dakota Inn Rathskeller, Mama Mia’s pizzeria for family get-togethers, special Hungarian pastry shops and annual early-morning trips to Hamtramck to purchase “fat Tuesday” treats at the start of the Lenten season, and the polish festivals at Sweetest Heart of Mary or Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Wyandotte.

We all knew that Nancy would be present for the Ste. Anne de Detroit devotional vigil in July, a 9-day devotional service in honor of St. Anne’s feast-day, and midnight Christmas Mass at one of the historic downtown Catholic churches. Nancy would even attend early morning procession and service in December for Our Lady of Guadalupe at Holy Redeemer Church at 5:00 am! Also, Nancy would regularly visit the graves of her parents at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, purchase grave bouquets for the month of November, and follow up with a visit to her cherished and long-time “buddy” and family friend, Mrs. Tillie Surdu, her State Fair companion who resides nearby.

Nancy was known for her devotion and faithfulness to the Church and her Lord. She cherished her faith, loved the Lord and her Church and never wanted to miss any Mass or parish event, baptism, special healing for the sick, funeral or wedding Mass for family or friend. At St. Mary’s parish in Milford she was an active member and headed the ladies Sodality group for many years as well as organized and ran the church gift shop.

Aside from her Catholic life, Nancy was known by all for her appreciation for big band music (the 40’s channel on XM Radio, which all were forbidden to touch), dominoes, pinochle, and flowers on the table and outside on the porch and patio. Other favorites include The Red Hatters, a fresh-brewed cup of coffee any time of the day, Hungarian foods, Dunkin’ Donuts, midnight telephone calls, Turner Classic movies (Nancy was an aficionado of old movies-nothing past 1959 would she watch), a cold beer, and baseball.

She was also an active member of the Detroit Historical Society and was a supporter of Historic Fort Wayne, where she ran the kitchen for the twice-a-year flea market fundraiser for many, many years. Nancy was also a long-time member of the Milford Historical Society.

A resident of Milford for almost 45 years, Nancy loved and cherished her many, many friends from over the years – from church, her pinochle groups, from the neighborhood and the community. Nancy also had special affection and sentiment for her schoolmates from St. Brigid and Visitation High School with whom she maintained continued and loving relationships. Additional friendships occurred from other various areas of her life.

Nancy was the center of the Anderson-Schimmel family. She could prepare and present a dinner like no other. Thanksgiving feasts will never, ever be the same. When you met Nancy, you knew you were meeting someone special—and you made a friend for life. You loved her for who and what she was. Were you a friend, you could have no better. She gave of herself, completely and without reserve.

Nancy loved and cherished her family. She had a special relationship with her beloved grandchildren Rose, Nick, Grace, Hailey, Maria and Sophie, who refer to her as “Nana”. She was so proud of them and of the people they were developing into. Many happy family memories include birthday parties, sporting events, backyard parties and bonfires, and gatherings at the family cottage.

Nancy was gentle, humorous, very thoughtful, direct, supportive, unassuming, good-natured, virtuous, always interesting, devoted to her family, cherished her friends, loved to write tender cards, letters and notes, gave to many, many charities, opened her home to people temporarily needing shelter, loyal and generous to a fault, and always walked the High Road: all stuff that saints are made of! She brought happiness to others by simply being herself. Nancy was a light and certainly, a delight.

Her family gives thanks for her life and for the example she set. Till we meet again.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Wednesday, October 14, from 2-9PM with a Vigil Service at 7PM.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 1955 E. Commerce Rd., Milford, on Thursday, October 15, at 11AM. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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2:00 PM 10/14/2015 2:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 10/14/2015 9:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States





11:00 AM 10/15/2015 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows

1955 E. Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381

St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce St. Milford 48381 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Children’s Hospital

501 St Jude Place
Memphis , TN 38105

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