Anne Pellish Schneider, wife of the late Howard Francis Schneider (FTCS, USN, Ret.) made her journey to the Lord in the early morning hours of January 9, 2022, in Alexandria, Virginia. Living a remarkably long and historically eventful life, she flourished to obtain the astounding accreditation of a centenarian. The second of four children, Anne was born December 17, 1921, in Minersville, Pennsylvania of the late Mr. Steve and Anna Pellish. Anne is survived by two sons: Stephen M. Schneider (Yvonne) and William N. Schneider; two granddaughters: Jessalyn M. Babione (Andrew) and Loriann N. Schneider; and daughter-in-law: Lorraine M. Schneider, mother of Jessalyn and Loriann. Also survived by an extended family living in Pennsylvania, Paul Spring Retirement Community, and her fellow parishioners of Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her siblings: Helen Sinkovich, John Cosack, and Mary Collins.
Anne graduated from Minersville High School in 1939. During World War II, Anne worked at the Torpedo Factory located in Old Town Alexandria. She later served as secretary to various high-ranking officials in the United States Army while employed at Cameron Station. Anne retired in the 1980s after 30 years of civilian service for the Department of Defense.
A proud sailor’s wife, Anne married her beloved Howard on September 3, 1949. On the night they first crossed paths, both were out separately on blind dates—two respectively incompatible dates to say the least. The two caught each other’s eyes, igniting their yearning love and eternal happily ever after. The couple spent their early years of marriage stationed at various locations throughout the country, including Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York; San Diego, California; Norfolk, Virginia; and Howard’s home state of Michigan. The couple returned to Alexandria in the summer of 1962, where they remained and raised their children. In between the growing parental and ongoing occupational obligations, the two often spent the occasional date night dancing endlessly at the Fleet Reserve Association.
An intelligent woman, Anne enjoyed reading books and solving crossword puzzles. Her special hobby was crochet, one in which she frequently indulged. Over the years she crocheted hundreds of scarfs that were donated to Hollin Hall Senior Center and given to underprivileged and impoverished families; along with crocheted bandages for leprosy colonies. Above all, Anne took great pride in her various volunteer work throughout her life.
Vigil service will be held at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home & Crematory, 1500 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22302 on Sunday, January 16, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Funeral Liturgy will be held at Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309 on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 10:30 AM.
Rite of Committal (Interment) will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Good Shepard Roman Catholic Church.
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