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JUDITH LOUISE SCHNELL Hillcrest Memorial Center Judith Louise Schnell of Kennewick, passed away Thursday June 8, 2017 at Chaplaincy Hospice House with her loving daughters by her side. "Judy" was born October 8, 1939 at the family farm in Waltham, Minnesota to John and Stella (Rothchild) Weitzenkamp, the youngest of six children. She graduated from Hayfield High School in 1957 and followed her sweetheart Dick Schnell to Los Angeles, California to be married and start her family. Daughter Tamara was born in Santa Monica in 1959, followed by daughter Lori in Inglewood in 1966. Judy and her family moved to Richland in 1971, and then on to Kennewick, where she resided until she went into the welcoming arms of her Lord and Savior at the age of 77. Judy worked her entire adult life and was proud of the contributions it made to her family and their lifestyle. She enjoyed a long and rewarding career at Energy Northwest, starting in the steno pool when it was Washington Public Power Supply System and advancing to Procedure Control Supervisor before finishing her tenure as an Administrative Assistant. In her personal time she enjoyed touring model homes first as a hobby with her mother, and later with her daughters, was an avid reader, mastered her DVR to capture her favorite programs and followed various professional sports so that she could discuss them with her son-in-law and grandsons. Judy took pleasure in entertaining family and friends; having hosted all day pool parties at her home in California, Christmas parties in Kennewick, and numerous fireside evenings at various campgrounds. Many hours were spent stocking the camper, driving the boat for water skiers, and furnishing her lake and mountain properties. One of her greatest joys were her grandchildren, who she spent countless hours babysitting, watching at sporting events, texting, playing games with and maintaining a tradition of baking and sending holiday cookies with, and for them. Judy parlayed that joy of baking into volunteering at First Presbyterian Church each Monday, serving at the after school program Trail Seekers. Always a welcome guest at her daughter's homes, where their friends and neighbors knew her lovingly as Grandma Judy, it was her house that was a central family hub filled with laughter, late night gab sessions and delicious snacks. She was authentic in her love for her family, her friends and her faith in God. Judy is survived by her daughters Tamara O'Connor of Kirkland, WA; Lori (Jeff) Munro of Sherwood, OR; grandchildren Sean O' Connor, Katy (Evan) Nolte, Connor Munro and Taylor Munro; sisters-in-law Jean, Marilyn and Shirley all of Minnesota and numerous nieces, nephews and extended Mid-West family; members of her Birthday Lunch Group, Fab 5 Friends, Energy Northwest peers and will be missed immensely by the many that loved her. A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 24, 2017 at 10 am in the Garden Sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 2001 West Kennewick Avenue in Kennewick, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Chaplaincy Hospice Care. For online condolences visit www.Askhillcrest.com
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First Presbyterian Church
2000 W Kennewick Ave
Kennewick, WA 99336
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Published in Tri-City Herald on June 18, 2017