SCHNELL, Dr. Frederick R.

In Memorial

SCHNELL, Dr. Frederick R. Age 86. Beloved husband of the late Cora (nee Flanders). Loving father of Fred (Kim), David (Jennifer), Linda (Cheryl Ferguson), Nancy DeCesare (Mike), Kathy Daniels (Bob Green), Steve (Helene), Tom (Georgia), John (Phyllis), Maria Occhionero (Scot), and Michael (Elisa). Dear grandfather of 33. Great grandfather of 5. Dear brother of Edward dec. (Jan). He graduated from medical school at Case Western University. He served in the U.S. Army as a physician and was stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He was an internist in the local community for the remainder of his career. He also served as a teaching physician at Metro Health Medical Center for many years.

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, November 3,  10:30 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery.


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  1. Geraldine Skorepa on November 1st, 2009 11:19 am

    Please accept my deepest sympathy at the passing of your father.
    Dr. Schnell has always been a part of my many fond, pleasant memories of my time at Deaconess Hospital. His knowledge, his great sense of humor and his abilities made all of our work there easier.
    Geraldine Skorepa
    Reired RN, Deaconess Hospital

  2. John A. Baird on November 1st, 2009 3:06 pm

    I offer my prayerful condolences to Dr. Fred’s familly. I was privllidged to know of Dr. Fred’s kindness and dedcation in the years he served as our family physician. I am certain that, rejoined with his Cora, the lord will have a special eternal doctor’s office for him.

    He taught you well. I have had the opportunity to experience the kind medical treatment from Dr. Steve and Dr. John. You reflect well your father’s dedication.


  3. Judy (Wolcott) Jacobson on November 1st, 2009 4:18 pm

    Dr. Schnell cared for my father, mother, mother-in-law, my husband and myself. He was a wonderful, caring, easy-going man, who served us all faithfully for many, many years. My mom was a difficult patient and he once told her, when she was in her eighties, that she was getting a little rusty. She didn’t like it and stopped seeing him for a time, but she came back.
    When she passed away, he wrote me a lovely letter telling me that I had done a good job caring for her. I wasn’t so sure, but he certainly made me feel better. God blessed you with a wonderful father and all of us with a very special doctor.

  4. Larry & Jan Lepold (Obenauer) on November 1st, 2009 6:58 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the Schnell Family. I grew up in the same neighborhood with the Schnells. Steve has been our family physician and we can’t say enough about him. His caring and compassionate personality makes him a wonderful doctor just like his father. Fred Schnell was also our doctor before Steve, and Steve definitely treats his patients the same way. Your family will be in our prayers.

  5. Larry Bailer on November 2nd, 2009 9:06 am

    On behalf of the Bailer family, our sincere condolences.
    Larry Bailer

  6. The Physicians and Staff of Central Georgia Cancer Care on November 2nd, 2009 10:07 am

    We are all very sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you.

  7. Scott and Hazel Price on November 2nd, 2009 10:13 am

    Dear Steve; Sorry about your loss,He looked like a very happy man.
    Scott Price

  8. Nancy (Kadas) Sergi on November 2nd, 2009 2:09 pm

    My fondest memories from Deaconess Hospital center around my favorite Doctor, Dr. Schnell aka Dr. Frederick. I once asked him how he had time to have so many children. He replied ” when you nurses wake me up in the middle of the night, I can’t fall back to sleep.” I’m sure some pharmacies still have some of his prescriptions written on tongue blades, napkins, etc. He will be missed but welcomed in his new “home”. My sincere condolences to his family and many friends.

  9. Susan Miller on November 2nd, 2009 3:58 pm

    I would like to extend my condolences to the Schnell Family. Dr. Schnell touched so many lives with his wisdom, caring, humor and friendship. He was a mentor and a role model to all who worked with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. John Hurajt on November 2nd, 2009 5:19 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear about your father passing. I’m sure he will be greatly missed by you and all your family. My deepest sympathy to all of you. John Hurajt

  11. Betty Bolden on November 2nd, 2009 6:51 pm

    Dear Nancy my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if I can do anything. May God continue to bless you all.

  12. the Sberna family on November 2nd, 2009 6:55 pm

    Our condolences to the Schnell family. Dr. Schnell was our family doctor for many years. He’ll be missed.

  13. Elaine K. Warren on November 3rd, 2009 3:06 pm

    To all the family of Dr. Frederick Schnell, you have my deepest sympathy. Espeically for Dr. David (my Cardiologist) my heart felt sympathy to you, dear person, now I know why you seemed a little distant at my last appointment. May you be comforted by your strong heart and the support of family and friends. Namaste

  14. Liz Nowak (Kalina) on November 4th, 2009 1:37 pm

    To All the Schnell’s….On behalf of the Kalina Family, our sincere sympathy at the loss of your father, he was a wonderful man.
    He had a cheery disposition and always had a smile for everyone. He surely will be missed in the neighborhood and by all the people who knew him.

  15. Rita Rack (Pucky) on November 4th, 2009 2:19 pm

    My warmest condolences to all the Schnells. The old guard have
    passed. I remember your father fondly since I was a small child
    and he and my dad would “talk shop.” I last saw him at my father’s
    80th birthday party. He and your mom were, as always, loving and
    gracious. My best to you all.
    Rita (Pucky) Rack

  16. Janice Silver (Kalina) on November 4th, 2009 9:34 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the entire family. I have so many fond memories of your father, especially how kind he was to my dad in his final years. Thinking of each and every one of you during this difficult time.

  17. Bonnie Petro on November 8th, 2009 5:53 pm

    Dr. Steve and family,
    My deepest condolences on the passing of your dad – and mom, as I just learned of her passing as well.
    My mom was a charge nurse at Deaconess for years and years and I, too, worked there during my college years on 1 South and 1 North. If you want to know who the best doctors are, ask the nurses because they see, day to day, how their patients do. Mom had a few favorite doctors, but chose Fred Schnell for her personal physician. I would say of all the people she knew, he was the one she admired the most. I still can see him walking down the hall at Deaconess with eye glasses pulled low on his nose. He will be greatly missed! I’m quite sure that my mom was in the crowd, in heaven, at the gate, to welcome him home!

  18. Mark Macho on October 5th, 2011 5:35 am

    I phoned him when he was dying and he said ‘I am about
    to take an important journey.’ He was a friend and adviser
    to me in love in religion in health and in life. He was a constant support to my Mom, who had MS, with care and just the right kind
    encouragement. He was wise and loving without regard
    to nationality or origin. He was a true Christian without an
    ounce of conceit or religious prejudice. Our whole family felt it an honor to know him and have him as our doctor,a doctor that reminds us that a true doctor is not simply a medical man. He treated even the youngest patients as individuals.His care and
    understanding were far beyond the duty of a mere professional..
    More than miss him I remember him. There was nothing about him to lament! Even the joy his excellence brought to himself
    was apparent. He is an inspiration to all not content with the
    minimum or thinking only about themselves or in thinking
    of work as a sentence.What a hero! Don’t settle for half a life.
    Be a Doctor Schnell!

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