Jerald Joseph Schnell
Jerald Joseph Schnell
  • November 13, 1938 - October 30, 2017
  • Roseville, California

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Funeral services for Jerald (Jerry) Joseph Schnell will be held on November 10, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Rose Catholic Church in Roseville, with a reception at the church following the service. Jerry was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota on November 13, 1938 and passed away peacefully with his family by his side on October 30, 2017 in Roseville, CA.
He was raised in Ramona, SD by his parents, Joe and Sis Schnell. Jerry was the oldest of three children. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. Jerry was an active student at Ramona High School, and shared many fond stories of growing up in a small town. After his high school graduation in 1957, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Midway.
He met the love of his life, Patricia Kennedy, while he was stationed in California. They were married on October 13, 1962 and were blessed with 5 children. Jerry loved going to his girls' softball games, and happily had his son tag along with him on his routes.
Jerry was a small business owner his entire working life. He started out in the milk business and then ventured into the yogurt/ice-cream business. He retired in 2001, but it was difficult for him to sit still, so he kept busy delivering milk to schools as well as transporting cars for a local tire shop.
Jerry never met a person who wouldn't later become a friend. He loved joking with people and would always leave them with a smile on their faces.
The most important thing in Jerry's life was his family, and he loved any time that he could spend with his children and grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoyed camping, playing cards, and spoiling his dog, Tippy. Jerry was a long time member of St. Rose Catholic Church.
Grateful to have shared in Jerry's life are his beloved children, Diane (Danny) Astle, Judi (Mike) Cordova, Kathi Gaston, Jim (Lori) Schnell, and Sandy (Greg) Espinosa; 14 grandchildren, loving companion, Patricia Smith; sister, Polly (John) Habeger, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat Schnell; parents, Joe and Sis Schnell; and his brother, William Schnell.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to Saint Rose Catholic Church or your favorite charity.