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Sybil J. Howard Schellhase M.D. Obituary
Sybil Jean Howard Schellhase, MD
April 22, 1926 - May 23, 2012
Resident of Danville
Sybil Jean Schellhase, MD (aka Sybil Jean Howard) passed away peacefully on Wednesday surrounded by her family. She touched many lives with her generous spirit and her positive outlook on life.
Sybil was born on a farm in Overton, Nebraska and graduated from Overton High School. She excelled academically and was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where she earned her undergraduate and Medical Degree in 1950. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Indiana University and the University of Michigan respectively in 1954.
After receiving her medical license in 1954, she came to California and she set up her medical practice in Concord. She married Harry E. Howard, MD in Monterey, CA in February of 1960. She practiced medicine in Concord and Pleasant Hill until she retired in the 1990s taking care of 'the kids of the kids' as she would like to say. She was truly a pioneer as one of the first women of her time to achieve and maintain a successful career in medicine. She was dedicated to her patients and her family. She was an avid sports fan, loved the symphony, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and making trips back to her farm and family in Nebraska. She is survived by her daughter, Jeanette Howard Rasmussen of Los Gatos, (Gregg), her sons, Frank and Fred Howard of Pittsburg, and her grandchildren, Luke and Jack Rasmussen of Los Gatos who miss her deeply.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry E Howard, MD, her brother, William Clair Schellhase, her mother, Mary Dunaway Schellhase and her father, William M Schellhase of Overton, Nebraska.
Funeral services are Friday, June 1st at 1:00 pm At Oakmont Mortuary Inspiration Chapel at 2099 Reliez Valley Rd in Lafayette. The burial will follow at Oakmont Cemetery Meditation Garden. The family asks that all donations be made to the .


Published in Contra Costa Times on May 30, 2012
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