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Veronica (Ronnie) Elaine Schendel March 21, 1924 - November 8, 2021

March 21, 1924 – November 8, 2021

Veronica (Ronnie) Elaine Schendel, passed peacefully on November 8 at the age of 97.  Born March 21, 1924, to Bert and Nettie Durfey in Armour SD.  The family moved to California in 1937 during the dust bowl and settled in Turlock.  Mom attended Turlock High was a member of the band.  She supported troops with letters and worked through WWII in Purity Grocery Store and on roller skates in Sears and Roebuck in San Francisco fulfilling catalog orders.  Mom married the love of her life on August 15, 1946, in Hayward, was married for 56 years and lived in Turlock.

She is survived by her children Charleen and Joanne Schendel Turlock, Tara Lynn Deniz Bilgin, Turlock, David Schendel Mariposa.  Sister-in-Law Marjorie Smith and several nieces and nephews. Grandchildren Elisabeth Schendel, Destany (Efrain) Matias Tristynn Schendel

Preceded in death by her parents, husband Austin Schendel, daughter Janice Schendel. Brothers Wilbur, Buster and Bernard Durfey.  Sisters Ruby Tipton and Kathleen Edwards

Mom was a member of IBEW 684 Women’s Auxiliary, Sacred Heart Church and active in Sacred Heart School and Thrift shop, Girl Scouts, 4-H, All Seasons Travel Club, United Methodist Bell Choir, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.   Mom and dad loved traveling in their trailer and camping at the NACO Resort near Yosemite.  They enjoyed riding the backroads on their Honda 90 trailbikes. Mom loved fishing.

The family would like to thank the ladies at Anna’s Caring Hands for the Elderly in Modesto for all the loving care and kindness during mom’s’ final days.  The Chaplin and caregivers at Bristol Hospice for praying with mom and making her final days comfortable.   Memorial donations may be made to Bristol Hospice Foundation, 1101 Sylvan Ave, Suite B10, Modesto CA.  Turlock Friends of the Anima Shelter PO Box 3633, Turlock CA  95380

Recitation of the rosary and a funeral service will begin at 10am on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway in Turlock.  Interment will follow.

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  1. MARILyn Blakely-Smith says

    Joanne – My sympathies on your Mother’s passing. How blessed you were to have her in your life for so long. Cherish your memories with her as you grieve your loss, particularly during the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

  2. Elizabeth Durfey says

    So sorry to hear about Aunt Veronica. Remember the great family gatherings with you all!

  3. Marcia Fowle Smith says

    Where does one start in saying good by to this amazing person . I feel like I’ve lost a second mom. I’ve known Mrs Schendel all my life and spent many wonderful times with her and Mr Schendel. They lived just down the street from me with the girls who were my friends growing up. At times Mrs Schendel was my rock and shoulder to cry on and the times that were just pure laughter. The you can do this when I was pregnant with my son and you can do this when I lost my parents and husband she was there. Her cooking was out of this world snd her crafting snd knitting were top notch. She was a women of great faith and strength love and compassion. I’ve lost a mother friend mentor . My prayers go out to Charlene Joann Tara David Elizabeth Destiny Tristynn . Will Miss you mom Schendel .

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