Ruth Jean Shaw Schemel
Ruth Jean Shaw Schemel passed away March 9 in her Santa Clarita, CA home surrounded by family as she'd requested. Ruth was oldest of 4 children of Veva and William Shaw, born in Pontiac, MI in June 1925, then grew up on a farm in Decker, MI. After high school, she had a 50-year automotive industry career at Pontiac Motors and in southern CA. Ruth married Ronald Schemel in 1941; they had 4 children and moved to Redondo Beach, CA in 1960, where they had another daughter. Ruth participated in Delta Chi Sigma, Lomita VFW, St. Paul's United Methodist programs and many community programs. A lifelong crafter, she gently taught many to crochet. Known for her kindness, generosity, dancing and Sunday dinners, she was passionate about the Dodgers, Lakers, babies, friends and family. She is survived by her sister Mary Rahm, children Ronda Le Brane Schemel, Bill Schemel, Ann-Marie Schemel, grandchildren Leslie, Brittany, Shanah, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Matthew and 5 great grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by both parents, 2 siblings and children Martin Schemel and Patricia Schemel Bauldry. Services are March 17, 2014, 11am at St. Paul's UMC, 2600 Nelson, Redondo Beach, CA, www.stpaulsrb.org. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Paul's. Ruth's guestbook is at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
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Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 14, 2014