Helen Pickell Schaich
1932 - 2018
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Helen Pickell Schaich

Knoxville, TN

Helen Pickell Lobertini Schaich, age 85, passed away early Saturday morning. She graduated from Knoxville High School in 1950 and attended the University of Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband of 13 years, Bob Schaich; her parents, J. W. Pickell and Helen Huffine Pickell; her twin sister, Eleanor Pickell Johnson, and her older sister, Edith Pickell Williams. When she was 13 years old she began playing violin in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. In later years she played with the Queens College Community Orchestra in Charlotte, North Carolina, Oak Ridge Community Orchestra and the University of Tennessee Community Orchestra. Her great joy was playing her violin before the worship services at the three Shannondale facilities. But her greatest joy was in raising her three children! She leaves to mourn her passing, her children, Marcia Lobertini Bouska (David), Robert Stephen Lobertini (Diana), and Susan Marie Lobertini; grandchildren, Ian Michael Connell (Hope) and Kristin Elizabeth Connell and their families. She has also enjoyed her husband's four children and their families. After having retired from KUB as a computer programmer in 1995, she resumed her hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, primarily with Margaret Stevenson's Wednesday Hikers, and received The 900 Miler Association Certificate for hiking all of the official trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitation will be at Berry Highland Memorial Funeral Home from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The Funeral Service will begin at 12:00 pm with interment to follow at 1:00 pm at Berry Highland Memorial. The family would like to thank the staff at Shannondale Nursing Home, where Helen lived for six years, for their constant vigilance and excellent care. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest a donation to Friends of the Smokies or the charity of your choice. Friends and family may offer their condolences online at www.highlandmemorialknoxville.com.


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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Jan. 21, 2018.
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January 24, 2018
I had the joy of serving with Helen for the Shannondale worship services in the 1990s. She played the violin and I sang. She was a wonderful musician and a beautiful person.
Martha Hess
January 23, 2018
Helen was a very special lady and a very talented musician. I first knew her as a child when we attended day camp together at Camp Mary Ijams. Through the years we became close friends. She was a kind and gentle person and I adored her. When I saw her at Shannondale we always exchanged hugs. Her sweet smile will never be forgotten. May you find peace and comfort in precious memories.
My deepest sympathy.
Bettye Phifer
January 23, 2018
A cousin of talent, winsome personality, and warmth who I admired all my life. Robert Godwin, Knoxville
January 22, 2018
It was an inspiration to hike with Helen. She never gave up against many physical obstacles. She was a joy to be with.
Martha Sundquist
January 22, 2018
Helen, whom I called "Helen Highwater" was the dearest friend I had from 1959 to the time of her death. I miss her always will!
john d'Armand
January 21, 2018
Marcie, Susan, and Steve.....I just heard today about your mom's passing. My memory of her is that she was a wonderful person and loving mother. She made an impression on me in such a positive way. Beverly also considered her a very special lady.
Mike Hunter
January 21, 2018
So many happy memories of your mom playing the piano & letting us listen to the new Beatles album, over & over & over again! She was the cool mom! Her sweet nature & beautiful soul will live on through her children.
Much love to you all.
Sally Woods
January 21, 2018
Wonderful memories with your sweet mom!! Hugs and prayers to you Susan, Steve and Marcia!!!
Bridget Weir
January 21, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Greg & Linore and family Bouska
January 21, 2018
Helen holds a dear friendship and memory to myself, Shirley and my husband, Larry Motzer. She will be sorely missed.
Karen Motzer
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