Patty L. Schimmoeller
October 14, 1938 ‒ September 29, 2018
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Fredericktown, Ohio
Patty L. Schimmoeller, age 79, of Mount Gilead, died peacefully on Saturday, September 29, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at Riverside Methodist Hospital, following complications from a recent fall.
Patty was born on October 14, 1938, to the late Ross and Edith (Lines) Keeran and graduated in 1956 from Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, Ohio.
Patty was full of life and loved beyond measure. She loved being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends. She loved traveling the world and even spent a few years living overseas in Thailand with her children and late husband Eddie.
Her life wasn’t always easy. She often found herself as a single mom, working long hours to provide for her 6 girls. She was independent, strong and determined to give them all that she could. As they grew up and began their own families, her door was always open and often served as a safe-haven. She loved being surrounded by her children and grandchildren and did all that she could to make them feel loved. She worked for many years at Charlie’s Bar in Cardington and did some factory work as the years moved on.
Patty was an amazing grandma. Her home was filled with love and laughter, it was truly a place where cousins became the best of friends. They spent many summers running through the tunnel ways of the drain pipes which lead from her daughter Melinda’s house, straight to hers! She would take them bowling, swimming and camping, and taught them how to drive a stick shift, but they will never forget their fishing trips; her teaching them how to bait their own hook, or how to clean and skin their own fish before they fried it up for dinner. There is something to be said for how close she was to all of her grandchildren. She was the definition of what their childhood memories were made of and she will be greatly missed.
Patty didn’t sit still for long so the Seniors on Center was the perfect place for her to mingle and make new friends. She was always ready for dinner and dance night on Mondays, euchre night on Wednesdays and Thursdays and Church every Sunday morning. Patty loved going to the casino with the Seniors and always looked forward to her yearly trips with her sister, Linda, and niece, Shellie, for their birthdays.
Not only was her social life busy, but she never missed an opportunity to spend time with her great-grandchildren. She loved watching them play basketball, run cross country, perform in musicals and recitals and attended every birthday party. She was a very present great-grandparent and shared a special bond with each one of them. She loved to tell all of her friends how she was not only a great-grandma of 34 great-grandkids, but she was also a great-grandma of TWINS! She genuinely enjoyed every single moment she spent with them and often expressed how wonderful it was to not only be here to watch her grandchildren grow up, but how amazing it is to also get to see her great-grandchildren as well.
Patty will not only be greatly missed by her family, but also by her best friend, Betty Ritchey. They were always up to some kind of shenanigan and never failed to make everyone laugh. Their friendship stretched across the years, withstood the test of time, and even in the end, the beauty of their friendship resonated as Betty reminded Patty that she will see her again one day in Heaven. There will forever be an empty chair at McDonald’s, where she enjoyed sharing coffee with Betty and their friends.
She looked forward to Tammy, Melinda and Derek taking her to doctor appointments. She loved the daily phone calls from her daughter, Julia, in Minnesota and her Chinese lunch dates with friends and family. She was stubborn and set in her ways and never thought twice about speaking her mind. She liked her money sorted in a particular way, her 2 paper towels folded in a square and placed in her pocket, and her keys and her phone in designated zippers of her purse as she prepared to leave. Just before walking out the door, she’d grab her sack full of MilkyWays ready to pass out to all her grandkids when she arrived. It’s the little things in life that will truly be missed now that she is gone.
Left to cherish her memory are her 6 daughters: Melinda Toot of Mount Gilead, Tammy (Derek) Rehberg of Mansfield, Julia Conley of Saint Paul MN, Robin (Steve) Howell of FL, Valerie Neitzelt of Delaware, and Paula (Tim) Bonnell of Jeromesville; 18 grandchildren: Joey Newsome, Tina (Jeff) Millisor, Larry “Dude” Newsome, Cori (Jeff) Barker, Cindy (Mark) Crum, Kerry (Joel) Delavern, William “Billy” (Alaina) Howell, Charity (Jamie) Edwards, Stephen Rehberg, Frederick “Ricky” (Tracy) Rehberg, Stephanie Howell, Steven Howell, Sasha (Billy) Cremeans, Jonathan Howell, Phoenix Neitzelt, Bryan Neitzelt, Jordan Bicker and Kyleigh Bonnell; 34 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Jean Louise Smith of Johnstown, Shirley Gressle of Columbus, and Linda (Bill) Green of Newark; numerous nieces and nephews; special son-in-law, Bryan Neitzelt; family friend, Kelly (Smith) Stevens; and former husband, Henry “Bud” Conley.
Patty was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband, Edmund Schimmoeller; 3 sons-in-law: William S. Howell Sr, Larry Newsome, and Mark Toot; and her former companion, Albert “Bud” High.
Family and friends, are invited to come celebrate Patty’s life on her 80th birthday, Sunday, October 14, 2018, from 2 – 4 PM with a Remembrance beginning at 4pm at Seniors on Center, 41 W. Center St., Mount Gilead, OH.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Seniors on Center.
Snyder Funeral Homes are honored to serve Patty’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.