Ethel P. Schnelle, 96, a resident of The Masonic Home, Wallingford, CT for the past eleven years, formally of New Haven, CT. Daughter of Paul E. and Hattie Pirk. Wife of the late John H. Schnelle. Born January 11, 1912 in New Haven, CT. Graduate of The Normal School in New Haven, CT where she was the pianist for The Orchestra. Her teaching career spanned nearly 40 years, teaching in New Haven, Cromwell and Durham CT. She retired from Brewster school in Durham, CT where she was loved by her students and received many thank you letters from her students as well as parents throughout the years. A life-long member of Alice Chapter # 76 Eastern Star, Hamden, CT as well as a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Haven, CT. She was active in The Mother's Club as well as Lutheran Church Women, serving as a past president. Survived by a daughter, Joann S. Mourt (James) of Northford, CT, a son John H. Schnelle, Jr. (Mary) of Lynnfield, MA, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Brothers Robert and Paul A. Pirk predeceased her. A funeral service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 600 Shepard Ave., Hamden, 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 26th, with the Rev. Owen Sanderson officiating. Burial will follow at Beaverdale Memorial Park, Hamden. BEECHER & BENNETT, Hamden is in charge of funeral arrangements. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Quality of Life Fund, c/o Masonic Home and Hospital, 22 Masonic Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492.

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  1. As your mother (grandmother)begins her eternal life, we remember her as warm and loving. You could see the joy in her face as her grandchildren arrived. Her presence made our world a better place and our condolences for your loss.

  2. Jack, Mary, John and Steve, we share your sorrow on the loss of your mother and grandmother. Ethel must have been an extraordinary person. You will all be in our prayers. John and Freda

  3. We were so sorry to hear about Ethel’s passing. I know how difficult it is to lose your mother and our thoghts and prayers are with you. Jim and Linda

  4. We were sorry to read of Ethel’s passing. She will be remembered fondly by the many whose lives she touched in her 96 remarkable years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Your Mother touched so many people in her long life… We will all have many happy memories to cherish. Only distance keep’s us apart at this time, we hope you’ll all get comfort, knowing we are thinking of you with much love.

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