Anne Schneller, 101, librarian
Anne M. Schneller, a Ridgefielder who ran a library in Uniondale, N.Y., died Feb. 8 after a brief illness. She was 101.
She was born in Holland on Jan. 12, 1915, and called herself the “Queen of Holland” as a show of pride for her heritage. She made her home in Ridgefield and also for many years in Uniondale, NY.
She loved to travel and spent many years visiting far-flung destinations with her husband and, in later years, with her daughters.
Her greatest source of satisfaction was being able to share her love of books with school children, her family recalled. With no formal training, she built and ran the library at St. Martha’s School in Uniondale NY, mostly with volunteers and no budget or salary.
At the celebration of her 100th birthday, she received many gifts and letters of appreciation from her students at the school.
She was predeceased by her husband Joseph and her four sisters and brother.
Survivors include three daughters, Anne Schneller (Michael Bratton), Barbara Carvalho (Wellington) and Mary O’Brien; six grandchildren, Peter Carvalho (Elisa Davey), Yvonne Carvalho (Brian Tennant), Nicholas Bratton (Jenna Rizzo), Emily Diaz, Terrance O’Brien (Anna Skrupky) and Bridget O’Brien, and five great grandchildren, Joseph and Isabella Carvalho and Niall, Isaac and Reece Tennant.
The family included thanks to the staff at Laurel Ridge Health Care Center for the care she received during her recent illness. They also cited Meals on Wheels, Rita Baranick and Luz Rodriguez for making it possible for her to live her final years in the comfort of her home.
Services will be private and held at the family’s convenience.
Family members asked that she be remembered by following her example: “Raise a glass of single malt scotch, share a laugh with friends, and always be kind and generous to all.”