Edith Schinell

Obituary of Edith Schinell

December 04, 2020 The family of Edith Schinell (Efthemia Petropoulos) announces with great sadness the death of their beloved mother on Dec 4, 2020 at age 98. Born in Wakefield, MA and raised in Norwalk, CT, Edith graduated Norwalk High School in 1940. She married John Schinell in 1941. They had over 74 years of happy and devoted marriage. Edith is survived by her daughter, Maria Nilson; and her son, Chris Michael Schinell and his wife Birgit; as well as her grandsons Carl Nilson; John Nilson and wife Michele and their daughter Hanah; Todd Schinell; Evan Schinell and his wife Melissa and their newborn son Aaron; her sister Bertha Jones and her husband William. She was predeceased by her parents Christos and Stella Petropoulos; her three brothers Michael, John and Constantine Petropoulos; her son-in-law Peter Nilson and granddaughter Kristine Nilson. While raising her children, Edith worked at the Norwalk Hospital, Loehmann’s, and as a seamstress. She enjoyed running her own business by selling wigs and cosmetics. Edith was very artistic and an avid hobbyist in ceramics, painting, and sewing. She was a member of the Darien Quilter’s Group and for many years an active member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Archangels and the Daughters of Penelope in Stamford, CT. Edith was a wonderful and loving wife and the most loving and dedicated mother and grandmother. She enjoyed nothing more than being surrounded by her family. She brought the family and friends together as often as possible for holidays and pool parties at her home in Norwalk where she would serve wonderful meals and host great times together. We will always remember and will miss the cookouts where Mom served her shish-kabab and especially her father’s (Papou’s) amazing Texas Lunch chili dogs. Edith was a genuinely caring person. She was always available for her family and did not hesitate to help others when needed. She will be remembered as the selfless and kind person that she was. Burial at Norwalk’s Riverside Cemetery will be private. A post-pandemic celebration of Edith’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made in memory of Edith Schinell to the Alzheimer’s Association of CT online at https://www.alz.org/ct
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