Marjorie Ruth (Channell) SchmidNovember 14, 1921 ~ July 16, 2017 (age 95)
Marjorie Ruth Channell Schmid, a long term resident of Rossford, passed away on July 16, 2017 at her home on Riverside Dr. She was the only child of Roy and Hazel Channell, born in Macon, Missouri, on Nov. 14, 1921. Marjorie’s father was a shoe repairman, a profession which was in demand during the Depression. Her mother ran a boarding house for female college students, using the upstairs bedrooms of their large home.
In many ways, Macon resembled Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon. Marjorie remembered her childhood as idyllic—swimming with the Outdoor Girls, playing on her grandparents’ farm, and later dancing at the candy shops in Kirksville, Missouri, while waiting for her fiance, Charles, to come home from the war. She earned an education degree from Kirksville State Teacher’s College (now Truman University), taught in their demonstration high school, and later did graduate work at Northwestern. She and Charles were married in Feb, 1946, and recently celebrated their 71st anniversary. Fraternal twins, George and Cathy, were born in 1947. Together, they lived across the Midwest from Kansas to North Carolina, moving 11 times in about 12 years before settling in Rossford in 1959. She was good at packing, among many other things. She was an expert seamstress, turning out everything from curtains to prom dresses. Her grandchildren and dogs were blessed with many knitted garments, all done in intricate patterns and styles, and no one in the family ever lacked for a hat or a sweater.
Marjorie returned to teaching in 1965 and taught English and language arts for 20 years at DeVilbiss high school in Toledo, where she also taught creative writing and sponsored a student writing magazine. Several of her students went on to careers in writing and publishing. Although many of the urban high schools were troubled in the 60’s and 70’s, she never had problems with the students in her classrooms. She always said, “I liked them, and I think they knew that.”
In retirement, she was a member of the Rossford Library Board and continued her own writing. She is remembered for many of her witty, often pithy, statements which included everything from how to bake an apple pie to how to elect a president. Having lived through WWII and the Vietnam era, she had opinions. (“Always vote for the person who is least likely to get us into a war.”). She communed with a number of earnest dogs and cats, as many as three dogs and three cats at once. During long family car trips, a loyal dog was normally at her feet.
She is survived by her husband, Charles, age 95, her two children, George and Cathy, three grandsons, David Brent Essinger, Charles Quincy Essinger, and Joel Stewart Schmid, and two great grandchildren, June and Levin Essinger. In laws include: Ann Sigafus Schmid, Nicholas Essinger, Alice Nelson Essinger, and Yukiko Doi Essinger.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Rd. from 5 to 8 PM. A private burial will be held at a later date in Missouri. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations might be made in her name to the Wood County Dog Shelter or the Rossford Public Library Foundation. To leave online expressions of sympathy for the family please visit www.sujkowskirossford.com.
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