Friday, December 23, 2011

Sad News from the Lake

Sadly, the wonderful storyteller and always entertaining Mike died last weekend. We'll miss visiting her at Snails Pace Acres. The kids have so many fond memories of time with Mike - riding horses, speeding around in her golf cart, and listening to her stories. Her funeral is today in Conneaut Lake. Fittingly, the bar where Mike and Curly met is not the funeral home that is arranging her service and burial.
From the Meadville Tribune:

December 19, 2011

Michael Maria Frist Schell

MEADVILLE — Michael Maria Frist Schell, 67, of Conneaut Lake, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

She was born in Meadville, May 19, 1944, a daughter of Joseph and Blanche Ramsey Frist. She underwent the first successful Spina Bifida operation in Pittsburgh, shortly after her birth. She married Elwood G. (Curly) Schell on March 17, 1983, and he survives.

Everyone knew her as Mike and as she would often say when questioned, her “father wanted a boy.” She graduated from Conneaut Lake High School and attended Point Park College. She worked for several years at the state Employment Office in Meadville. She and her husband were the proud owners of Snail’s Pace Acres, where they bred and raised Morgan show horses.

She enjoyed raising and showing her Morgan horses, not only on the local level, but in world competitions at the Morgan Grand Nationals held in Oklahoma City, Okla. She loved dogs and rescued many of her pets from the Humane Society. She loved her animals and the farm. She was also an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan, having attended the first four Super Bowls won by Pittsburgh and many games thereafter. Her last Steelers/Browns game she went to was on Dec. 8, 2011. They won. GO STEELERS!

Survivors, in addition to her husband, Curly, of 28 years, include a brother, Ramsey H. Frist of Pittsburgh; a sister, Lorraine Fought of Georgetown, Texas; two nieces, Heidi M. Frist and Erica A. Canfield; two nephews, Jon R. Frist and Stephen Fought; six grandnephews, Ian S. Frist, J. Alex Canfield, Colin F. Canfield, William R. Derry, Thomas H. Derry and Garret Hershberger; and two grandnieces, Jillian C. Frist and Ava M. Canfield.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ida Grace Hershberger; a nephew, Harry (Buddy) Hershberger; and a grandnephew, Patrick J. Derry.

Calling hours will be Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Waid-Coleman Funeral Home Inc., 12422 Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake.

The funeral service will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dave Brumagin, associate pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, officiating.

Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, PO Box 931517, Cleveland, Ohio 44193-1655; or the Crawford County Humane Society, 11012 Kennedy Hill Road, Meadville, Pa. 16335.

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