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Schanen, Alice Birdwell - Louisville  
Alice Birdwell Schanen, 95 of Hilton Head, SC Died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at home. She was born in Red Boiling Springs, TN. Alice was preceded in death by her husband E.A. Schanen and is survived by daughters Susan and Billie Jean Schanen, son Richard Kelly Schanen, daughter Sandy and her husband Dick Sanders, and son Edward Keith Schanen and wife Marylee. In addition, Alice is survived by 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. The family asks that expressions of sympathy be made to the National Osteoporosis Foundation or Hospice and Pallative Care Foundation. Services to be held at a later date in Gallatin, TN. Local arrangements by Sauls Funeral Home. Services in Tennessee will be handled by Alexander Funeral Home.
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Published in The Island Packet from Dec. 13, 2014 to Jan. 13, 2015
Schild, Mae Edith  
Mae Edith Schild Mae Edith Schild, 87, wife of Paul Schild, of Hilton Head Island passed away on Monday November 17, 2014 in Hilton Head Regional Medical Center. Mae was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Syracuse University in 1949. She met Paul and they married in 1951. She lived in Englewood, NJ until 1965 and then relocated to Huntington, NY until 1995 before moving to Hilton Head until her passing. Mae brightened the day of everyone that was fortunate enough to come into contact with her. Mae volunteered for Volunteers in Medicine, enjoyed playing tennis, bridge and spending time on the beach and viewing the ocean. Mae leaves behind her husband of 64 years Paul Schild, children Richard (Deborah) Schild of Princeton, NJ, Michael (Audrey) Schild of Rochester, NY, granddaughter Rebecca Schild of Lambertville, NJ, and her brother Robert Heimberg. She was predeceased by daughter; Vickie Schild, son; Peter Schild, and sister; Charlotte Grossman. A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 in Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, NJ. The family is asking that donations in Mae's name be made to Volunteers in Medicine Clinic 15 Northridge Dr. Hilton Head, SC 29926, vimclinic.org . Arrangements entrusted to The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. www.theislandfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Island Packet from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20, 2014
Schneeberger, Paul  
Paul Schneeberger, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and father-in-law passed away peacefully on November 14, 2014 on Hilton Head Island. He is predeceased by his wife, Ruth. Paul was born in Switzerland on March 6, 1923 and came to the United States in 1953 with the intention of staying temporarily to complete his education. After working in a series of accounting positions in Indianapolis, Indiana, Paul obtained his CPA, became a U.S. citizen and began working for General Motors. As an auditor and treasurer, Paul's career took him to positions in Argentina, South Africa, England, France and Belgium culminating as the Managing Director of GM Italy. He retired in 1988 and built his home on Port Royal Plantation. Paul was an avid skier, golfer, opera buff, food enthusiast, oenophile, polyglot and voracious reader. He continued to ski well into his eighties and was a member of the Hilton Head Ski Club. Paul is survived by his sons Tom of Hilton Head Island and Ron (Judy) of Fairfax, Virginia and four grandchildren; Amanda of Plano, Texas and Patrick, Madeleine and Colin of Fairfax, Virginia. He is also survived by cousins, nephews and nieces in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. A celebration of Paul's life will be held at a later date. The family suggests that donations in Paul's memory can be made to either Memory Matters, P.O. Box 22330 Hilton Head, SC 29925-2330 ( www.memory-matters.org ) or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th floor New York, NY 10001 ( www.alzfdn.org ). Arrangements entrusted to The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. www.theislandfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Island Packet from Nov. 21 to Dec. 21, 2014
Sessions, George Manly - Saint Helena Island  
George Manly SessionsGeorge Manly Sessions, 63, husband of Denna Roseman Sessions, of Saint Helena Island, SC, died Monday, November 24, 2014 at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 1:30-3:00 pm at Anderson Funeral Home followed by the funeral service at 3pm in Carl Anderson Memorial Chapel. Mr. Sessions was born on October 20, 1951 in Dunn, NC to the late George Q Sessions and Catherine Young Sessions. George grew up in Williston, SC and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1974 where he played trumpet in the Carolina Band. He was a loyal Gamecock his entire life and rarely missed a home football game. His love of music led him to the love of his life, Denna. They were married in 1987 and shared a relationship that grew stronger with each year. They loved traveling, especially cruising, and sailed over 30 cruises to the Caribbean and one to Alaska. George was also an avid birder and never left the house without his binoculars and field guide. He had a 33 year career with the SC Dept of Vocational Rehabilitation in Aiken, SC. Upon his retirement in 2008, he and Denna relocated to St. Helena Island, SC. His enthusiasm for life won him many friends and he loved spending time with them and his family. Everyone who knew him will always remember him for his easy manner and his "George-isms". He will be greatly missed. Surviving in addition to his wife, Denna of Saint Helena Island; is one brother, Paul Sessions (Peggy) of Cola, SC; one sister, Cathy Baird (Harry) of Graniteville, SC; a step-mother, Frances Sessions of Williston, SC; one brother-in-law, Dennis Roseman, Sr. (Sharon) of Mauldin, SC; one sister-in-law, Debbie Williams (Lee) of Charlotte, NC and nephews, Dr. Stewart Humphreys (Alejandra); Dennis Roseman, Jr. (Amey); Wesley Batson, Chris Sessions; nieces, Kaylee Haro (Patrick); Melody Baird; and great niece and nephews. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the charity of one's choice. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
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Published in The Island Packet from Nov. 27 to Dec. 27, 2014
Shanahan, Elizabeth Charlotte  
Elizabeth Charlotte Shanahan As a lady who loved well and was well loved, Elizabeth Charlotte Shanahan of Hilton Head Island SC is now playing bridge at the right hand of God. She peacefully played her final hand on December 6, 2014 while at home with her family at their home in River Club. Elizabeth is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Thomas Edward Shanahan, her daughter, Cheryl Clausen of Charlotte, NC, her son Thomas Charles Shanahan of Hilton Head Island, SC and two grandsons, George Clausen IV of Charlotte, NC and Thomas Anthony Shanahan of Hilton Head Island. She is also survived by her sister Barbara Cunniff of Scituate, RI and brother, Jack O'Donnell of Hollywood, FL as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Robert Shanahan and her parents, John and Mildred O'Donnell of Warwick, Rhode Island. Elizabeth was born in Providence RI in 1931, the oldest of three siblings. She graduated with honors from High School, and The Rhode Island School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. She fell in love with, and married Tom Shanahan in San Diego, California and together raised two sons and a daughter, They both had successful careers, she as a RN and Tom as a Naval Aviator. They both climbed the ranks, she retired as the Director of Nursing at Virginia Beach General Hospital and Tom as the Commanding Officer of the USS Independence. As part of a Navy family, Elizabeth and her family lived in many places including Virginia, California, Connecticut, and Guam but her heart belonged to Hilton Head Island. She and Tom first purchased a villa in Shelter Cove in 1972 while living in Virginia Beach, and 16 years ago built their dream home in River Club, on Broad Creek. Elizabeth loved to garden, cook, play bridge with her friends, and was an avid reader. She had a flair for entertaining and was a true friend to everyone she met. An open minded, fun loving, and unpretentious person, she was described by all as loving and warm hearted. She will be remembered by family and friends for her boundless energy, her caring spirit, and warm hospitality. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 12 at 11 am at The Golf Club at Indigo Run with a reception to follow. Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry or the Wounded Warriors. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. theislandfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Island Packet from Dec. 10, 2014 to Jan. 10, 2015
Sienko, Edward - Hilton Head Island  
Edward "Eddie" Sienko Edward "Eddie" Sienko, 76, of Hilton Head Island, SC passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Eddie spent many years working as an engineer at General Electric, after which he co-founded BioMarine Industries in Malvern, PA. He opened Eddie's Piano Bar & Lounge on Hilton Head during the 1980s and eventually retired on the island in 1995. Eddie was a family man and an avid golfer. He was loved by many, including his long-time friend and companion, Judith G. Crimm, of Hilton Head Island, his twin daughters, Jean Chaney and Joan Piavis, both of Wilmington, DE, his beloved son, Edward Jr., five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Eddie is also survived by his sister, Anna Auch, and his brother, Bo Sienko. He was predeceased by his brother, Frank Sienko. Memorials may be made in his name to Hilton Head Hospital, 25 Hospital Center Blvd., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. Eddie's family greatly appreciates the support and care afforded to their father by the hospital staff in his final hours. A memorial service will be held in early December at Westminster Cemetery, located just outside of Eddie's hometown, Manayunk, PA. Our warmest thanks to Island Funeral Home for their assistance in coordinating the arrangements for the family during this difficult time.
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Published in The Island Packet from Nov. 23 to Dec. 23, 2014
Smith, Gene Patrick - Seabrook  
Gene Patrick Smith, 88, of Seabrook, South Carolina died Monday, November 24, 2014 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Born on October 9, 1926 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was a son of the late Lt. Colonel Homer Smith and Juanita Harper. He served his country during World War II, enlisting in the United States Navy as a Fireman Second Class on the USS Huntington. After his service, he enrolled in the University of North Carolina, and graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After college, he worked for Western Electric for several years, then began a long career with Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company, climbing through the ranks, beginning as a lineman to retire as an Engineering Supervisor. He was an athlete, running track and winning an intramural golf championship while at UNC, later winning the Southern Bell Golf Tournament title in Atlanta. He served the youth in his community by coaching Dixie Youth baseball for many years and was respected for his practice of ensuring that everyone played in every game. An avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, his handcrafted cedar box turkey calls are prized among his friends and relatives for their quality of sound; his home is filled with examples of his craftsmanship and ingenious solutions to everyday problems. A Civil War buff, he loved to visit the battlefields and remember those who gave their last full measure in that conflict. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Dean Smith; brothers Charles and Julian, a sister Cindy; his sons Gene Jr and his wife Gina, Mike and his wife Barbie, Steve and his wife Dorothy, as well as his daughter Lindsay Smith-Yancey and her husband Bart Yancey. He is also survived by his five grandchildren: Hunter, Shelby, Joshua, Noah, and Daniel Smith. A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11:00 am at Bush River Memorial Gardens, 5400 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, or the Alzheimer's Association. Please share your stories about Mr. Smith by visiting www.copelandfuneralservice.com Copeland Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Published in The Island Packet from Nov. 26 to Dec. 26, 2014
Smith, Matilda S.  
Matilda S. Smith passed away peacefully in her beloved Grays home, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Matilda is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Norma Jean ("Jeannie") and Glen Bond, of Early Branch, SC, her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Joy and Kevin Smith, and her great-grandsons, Sawyer and Shepard Smith, all of Conway, SC. She is also survived by two dearly-loved sisters, Zelda Stanley, of Grays, SC and Vivian Davis of Ridgeland, SC, as well as, a number of cherished nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great- nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Grover Reese and Eleanor Long Smith, her husband, Garrett Smith, her brother, Marion Smith, and her sister, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Smith Mears. Matilda graduated from Grays High School in 1943 and attended Draughn's Business College in Charleston, SC. She began her long career in the work world at Stark General Hospital also in Charleston. While working there she met, Garrett Smith, who was serving in the United States Army. They were married on May 5, 1945. In the early '50's, Matilda, Garrret, and several members of the Grays community travelled daily to Aiken and were employed by DuPont during the construction of the Savannah River Plant. Matilda later worked as a Civil Service Employee at the Paris Island Naval Hospital. She then took a position as the secretary to the Commander of the Public Works Department at the Marine Corps Air Station, Burton, SC. During this time, she enjoyed three vacations in various parts of Europe. Matilda finished her more than 30 years of Civil Service as the Deputy Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for the Air Station. After retirement, Matilda and Garrett made many dear friends while living on Edisto Beach, Hilton Head Island, and in Sun City Hilton Head. During this time, Matilda utilized her secretarial knowledge and held several part-time positions. She also volunteered many hours with Volunteers in Medicine on Hilton Head Island, in addition to volunteering at the Hilton Head Hospital and the Okatie Outpatient Center. Matilda was a founding member of the Church of the Palms in Okatie, SC and was a charter member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees Hilton Head Chapter. Throughout her life, Matilda treasured her time spent with books and while living at Indigo Pines on Hilton Head, she helped organize a book club to share in the joy of reading with her fellow residents. Matilda described her life as "long and good." Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the Church of the Palms, Okatie, SC with internment to follow at the Grimes Cemetery, which was established by Matilda's grandmother, Telie Grimes Smith, in Grays, SC. Memorials may be made to Church of the Palms or The American Cancer Society.
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Published in The Island Packet from Dec. 17, 2014 to Jan. 17, 2015
Staib Jr., Arthur Charles - Northport  
Arthur Charles Staib Jr. Arthur Charles Staib Jr., known as "Fuzzy" to family and friends, passed away in his Hilton Head South Carolina home on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the age of 85.  He was born and raised on Long Island, New York where he met and married his wife of 61 years, Nancy Simon Staib.  He attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  After college he joined his father, Arthur Staib, at David Weil's Sons Lithographic Company where he worked until he retired in 1990.  He was a member of the Head of the Bay Club where he served on the board for many years and was a common sight on the tennis courts.  Arthur is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Staib, his daughter Susan Staib McGee, son David Staib, and beloved grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother Allen Staib and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sister Audrey Staib SanVenero and his son Jonathan (Jonny) Staib . Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on November 22, 10:30 AM at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, Hilton Head, SC. A viewing preceding the Mass will be held from 9:45am-10:15am in the church. There will also be a viewing in New York at the Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home, 5 Laurel Ave., Northport, from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, and 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Tuesday, November 25 followed by interment on Wednesday, November 26 at Holy Rood cemetery in Westbury, New York. Arrangements entrusted to the Island Funeral Home and Crematory. www.theislandfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Island Packet from Nov. 21 to Dec. 21, 2014
Stoehr, Frances  
Frances Stoehr Frances Stoehr, 94, passed away on November 24th at WhiteStone Home in Greensboro, NC. She was born in Bethlehem, PA in 1920 and married her husband, Rollie, in 1942. Frances and Rollie moved from New York to their home at Port Royal Plantation in 1989, where she lived until 2009. Frances was always active in her community and was an avid golfer and accomplished artist. She is survived by her brother, Charlie DaRos, of Newport Beach, CA, her children, Peter Stoehr of Babylon, NY, Christine Wells of Glen Burnie, MD, Doug Stoehr of Hempstead, NY, and Larry Stoehr of Greensboro, NC, and her seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for the Spring in Baltimore, MD. She will placed by her husband, Rollie, at the St. Francis by the Sea columbarium in Hilton Head. Memorials may be made to the Art League of Hilton Head; 106 Cordelia Dr.; Hilton Head Island, SC 29928Frances Stoehr, 94, passed away on November 24th at WhiteStone Home in Greensboro, NC. She was born in Bethlehem, PA in 1920 and married her husband, Rollie, in 1942. Frances and Rollie moved from New York to their home at Port Royal Plantation in 1989, where she lived until 2009. Frances was always active in her community and was an avid golfer and accomplished artist. She is survived by her brother, Charlie DaRos, of Newport Beach, CA, her children, Peter Stoehr of Babylon, NY, Christine Wells of Glen Burnie, MD, Doug Stoehr of Hempstead, NY, and Larry Stoehr of Greensboro, NC, and her seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for the Spring in Baltimore, MD. She will placed by her husband, Rollie, at the St. Francis by the Sea columbarium in Hilton Head. Memorials may be made to the Art League of Hilton Head; 106 Cordelia Dr.; Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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Published in The Island Packet from Dec. 14, 2014 to Jan. 14, 2015
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