Mrs. Anne K. Schnell

Mrs. Anne K. Schnell


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Anne Katherine Schnell, 88, who died at her home on Monday, April 20, 2020. She is the widow of Rev. Dr. Phillip O. Schnell, who died in 2017.

Anne was born in Union City, NJ, the daughter of Sven and Katherine (Hansen) Johnson. She was raised in Dumont, NJ, where she attended local schools and graduated from Dumont High School. She went on to earn a BA in psychology from Drew University. It was there that she met her late husband.

Rev. Schnell’s ministry took them from Madison, NJ to the following churches in the New York Conference: Golden’s Bridge, Purdys and North Salem UMCs; First UMC in Beacon; Setauket UMC, Prospect UMC in Bristol, CT;  Grace UMC in Newburgh; and Newington UMC in CT.

Together, Phillip and Anne took courses in leading trips with Educational Opportunities to the Holy Land and enjoyed leading many ecumenical trips to various places of religious significance in the world. They retired to Westerly, RI in 1998 before moving to West Simsbury, CT in 2013.

Anne was an avid fan of Shutterfly and enjoyed soliciting pictures from her children and putting together the yearly family calendar. She loved baking, cooking and socializing with family and friends.

Anne is survived by her sons, Phillip A. Schnell of Southington, CT and Robert L. Schnell and his wife, Martha, of Mt. Vernon, NY; her daughters, Linda A. Torrey of Strafford, VT and Amy Bobinski and her husband, Len, of West Simsbury, CT; her grandchildren, George Hill of VT, Lenny Bobinski of West Simsbury, Skyler Bobinski of West Simsbury, Jodee Adams of NC; and Kim Kosiorek of New Britain, CT; and by her great-grandchildren, Ashlee Santoro, Meagan Barrette, Brandon Barrette, Joshua Barrette and Jakub Kosiorek. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, her daughter-in-law Sandra Schnell and her grandchild Paul Barrette.

A memorial service for Anne will be held at a later date at Simsbury UMC in Simsbury, CT.