A beautiful lady who has collected her wings. The last words we exchanged were "I love you". Beautiful memories.
Dear John and family and Friends,
P.S. Our grandkids in Minnesota told us of young man who died of cancer who recently wrote a song that is very popular in Minnesota area and on Facebook, iTunes…. I believe, “It says a lot. You may have heard of it.”
“Clouds” by Zach Sobiech. It went viral on You Tube and #1 on iTunes and Billboard Charts.
Karl M. Demer of Atomic K Records (our relative: a graduate of Catalina High School while living in Tucson, now residing in Minneapolis, MN and received an EMMY AWARD) produced and directed the choir at the singing in the Mall of America where 4000-5000 fans gathered to sing “Clouds” - Up, up, up…. Zach like Paula stayed positive right up to the end. Somewhere up in the clouds---our Paula---is also smiling.
Bill Kellis and Patricia McConnell, Tucson, AZ
December 29, 2013
To John, family and friends,
I first met Paula Schnebly in school in Mayer, AZ. In those years schools had Grades 1-12. I attended grades 3rd through 11th. My mother, Gladys E. Kellis, had taught Paula in Elementary School at Mayer as well as my younger brother, James T. Kellis and I. Paula's father taught us English and Algebra and her mother ran the cafeteria and fed us very well. Her sister, Patricia, also was in my same classes in High School. Patricia was a very studious and beautifully lady. However, she was more interested in one of the older boys than me. My younger brother, as well as the rest of my family, thought Paula was a beautiful, studious, polite, courteous young lady. My brother had a crush on her and thought she would be a wonderful girl friend. He or I never knew what Paula thought. My brother transferred to the U of A to finish his electrical engineering degree. On one occasion, my brother, Jim, came up to Flagstaff to visit me. However, the first thing he did was to go over to the girl's dorm to see if Paula would go out with him. There he saw John who came a-calling for a Miss Paula Schnebly. The house mother asked Jim if he needed help and seeing John he responded that he was here to see his brother. She informed my brother the he was in the wrong dorm. That was his end of that idea of a date with Paula. I later finished my B.S. at N.A.U. and Master Degree at U of A. My first job was teaching Science at Catalina High School in Tucson, Arizona where I met three lovely ladies named Hokanson which had many of the same outstanding qualities as a lady I knew by the name of Paula Schnebly. Paula (Schnebly) Hokanson came to “Back to School Night” at CHS and bouncing into my classroom stating “Hokanson girls belong to me”.
What a beautiful wonderful turn of events. If you knew the girls, they had the wonderful qualities of their mother. Their father, John Hokanson, was well known at Catalina High School and highly respected as one of the best band instructors at the completive High School events in Tucson. I did not know Paula's brother, Larry, at Mayer High School. However, his father, Mr. Ellsworth Schnebly, was very proud of him and often talked about his son's experiences. Mr. E. Schnebly was my Boy Scout Leader as well as my teacher. I also had Larry's “kids in class. They also had the fine qualities of the Schnebly family.
What I am trying to say is that Paula has a wonderful beautiful family who she was proud of and contributed to their lives in a very positive way. If there is anyone who deserves to ascent the pearly gates with pride, dedication and discipline it is Paula. Without a doubt, I believe she is up in the clouds looking down with pride in her wonderful life with many wonderful caring people and John, a devoted husband of 57 years.
John, you are the best thing that ever happen to Paula.
Take care of yourself.
Bill Kellis of Tucson, Arizona
December 29, 2013
I just heard of Paula passing away on Dec. 9, 2013
I am so sorry that Bill and I were not aware of the current status of Paula.
Paula was an outstanding person. Paula--may you REST IN PEASE
Your loss is our loss. John, please keep in touch.
Patricia (Tricia) McConnell
Melody, Celeste, Lyric and family,
My sincerest condolences on the passing of your Mother. You all are bright, beautiful, talented ladies and no doubt, made your Mother proud.
May your memories bring you peace, during this difficult time.