Frances E. Schoell, 80 of Portland, wife of the late Kenneth E. Schoell Jr. passed away peacefully with family by her bedside, Saturday May 14, 2016 at CT. Hospice in Branford. She was the daughter of the late Laurence and Gwendolyn (Fish) Hall. Born on September 27, 1935 in Bangor, ME, she lived in Portland for most of her life. Fran was a paraprofessional at Portland Middle School for over 30 years. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Portland River Valley Garden Club, The CT Horticulture Society, Portland Senior Center, Bears on a Journey, Connecticut Emergency Response Team, Portland Fair Committee, Clean Energy, Portland Youth Service Board, Portland Food Bank volunteer, Portland VNA, a longtime supporter of Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, and Heart of the Valley Quilt Guild. She was the recipient of the Spirit of Portland Award along with many other recognitions for her volunteerism. She loved reading, gardening, flower arranging, theatre, traveling, bird watching, sewing, painting, jewelry making, pottery making, watching sports; especially the Patriots, the Boston Red Sox, Nascar, and the UConn Huskies, volunteering, helping others, and spending time with her family, friends, her two cats "Chubs and Bumpy" and her adopted companion dog "Bonnie". Her philosophy in life was to give back to her local community. She believed by doing so it made the town she lived in a better place. She leaves her sons, Mark Schoell of West Hartford, and Kirk Schoell and wife, Rozanne of East Haddam, her daughter, Cheryl Tuttle and husband, Art of Portland, her daughter in law, Sonya Schoell of Portland, her grandchildren, Alexandra and Brendan Schoell of Portland, Mary Schoell of Narraganset, RI, Elizabeth Schoell of Willimantic, Chrystal Goodson and husband Justin of Marlborough, and Jessica Siavrakas, and her husband Michael, a great-grandson, Michael Gus Siavrakas of Meriden, her sister Catherine "Katie" Palazzi of Andover, a brother Lawrence Hall of Somers, a brother-in-law, Louis Schoell and wife, Marge of Colchester, a sister-in-law, Marilyn Collins of East Hampton, and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many close friends who were a large part of her everyday life and are considered family. A celebration of life will be held Friday May 20, 2016 at 10AM at Portland Memorial Funeral Home 231 Main St Portland with a reception to follow. Burial will be in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Bears on a Journey" c/o the Portland Senior Center 7 Waverly Ave Portland, CT. 06480 or CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405. To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.portlandmemorialfh.net
Published by Hartford Courant on May 17, 2016.