Nancy B. Schnell

November 7, 1953November 29, 2012

This Thursday, November 29, Nancy passed away at 7:07 pm CST. She had been ill since January 2011 when she was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Fifty percent of the people who get this disease die within 4 months. Nancy was a fierce fighter; she lived for 22 months fighting this lethal killer. Recently, we had been encouraged by her doing above Doctor’s expectations and by her being accepted to participate in a new clinical trial that held great promise. Without warning, the toll of extended months of chemotherapy—and its accumulating toxicity—combined with the relentless march forward of the cancer sapped her strength. What she had physically been able to do before, she suddenly could no longer do. After seven days in the Intensive Care Unit, she could not recover her ability to breathe on her own. She had made plain that she did not want to be kept alive artificially and I had promised to honor that wish. When the time came, I did. Her passing was peaceful, without any pain and I held her hand until the end. Nancy was my home, her loss is unimaginable. I will love her forever—and then some. Friends and family will be sitting Shiva at our home (1310 N. Ritchie Court—8C) from noon to 6:00 p.m. starting Sunday, December 2nd through Tuesday, December 4th. As per Nancy’s Christian Science faith traditions, a memorial service will be held in the near future and we will gather to celebrate the life of this “one of a kind” magnificent woman. With a broken heart, Elliot


Nancy B. Schnell

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Anne Farley Gaines

January 21, 2013

Nancy Schnell was a dear friend who I first met in Arlington Heights when I was about 13 years old. She and her parents lived on the same block as Norman and Janet Polo, friends from my home town of South Haven, MI who had moved to Arlingtin Hts. the previous year. They were also fellow Church members of the Billman's, Christian Scientists, as am I. I was delighted to become reacquainted with this friendly, smiling young woman years later when I enrolled at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. Nancy was in my dormitory, Anderson East, and was a year ahead of me. I always found her to be funny, deeply. intelligent and entertaining, a beautiful singer, and a wise giver of advice. I was happy that we both 'landed' in the Chicago area. We saw eachother mostly in the group of former Principia women who would meet at a restaurant in a semi- annual basis, but we also met together and with our partners on some memorable occasions. Nancy's company was always a thrill, and she is dearly missed. My husband, Geoffrey Novellu, shares in sending Nancy's dear father and her loving partner, Elliot Fineman, our sincere concolences.

Emma Garcia

January 20, 2013

My deepest sympathy to you Mr.Elliot and to Mr. Donald Billman,Nancy will be in my prayers that her soul may rest in peace.

Petra Grotenrath

January 3, 2013

Dear Elliot,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your unimaginable loss. I met Nancy during my assignment in Chicago in 2001 and whenever I visited the office again we had a chat. I remember the last time I spoke with her and how we exchanged views on the upcoming presidential elections and what it would be like to have Mr. Obama as a president. It was a very interesting and intense discussion and I told her how much I appreciated her honesty in expressing her thoughts. We also laughed quite hard at times. I remember her sitting on the side of my desk and how she was smiling. She looked so happy. I heard your name from Nancy and a few stories just as she heard the name of my husband and a few stories. We never met in person and probably never will, but please be assured that I am very, very moved and saddend about the passing of Nancy. I wish you strength and that the sadness will subside so you can regain strength to go on with life. It sounds more than impossible while I write this but all I can say is that taking one small step at a time is the only way it will work. There will be no miracles but Nancy would want you to do just this....taking one step at a time. Please always remember that you are not alone and others are with you on this long road. With my deepest sympathy.

Barbara Jurgs Koppang

December 18, 2012

Dear Elliot,

I am one of Nancy's youngest cousins, the youngest child of her Uncle Don and Aunt Jean. My Mom just called to tell me of Nancy's passing. My heart is sad at the loss of your beloved. I have not seen Nancy for many years but my family spent many Easter and Thanksgivings with Uncle Don and Aunt Barbara and Nancy and I have many fond memories of those times. It is lovely to see all the people she touched with her full and giving life; your loss must be profound. My condolences to you and Uncle Don.

Donna Baumgartner

December 17, 2012

I just learned of this great loss. I'm Nancy's cousin, and I have many fond memories of visits with Nancy's family as I was growing up. We would generally drive to Chicago for either Thanksgiving or Easter....then the Billmans would come to Bettendorf, IA for the other holiday. I've lost touch with Nancy since we grew up and went our separate ways, but I know she was a dear sweet loving person, and I am deeply saddened by her passing. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Andrew Fineman

December 13, 2012

I am extremely saddened to hear about the loss of Nancy. She was like my grandmother and was one of the nicest and kindest people I will ever know. Nancy was an amazing person and I will never forget her.

Jayne Bunce

December 12, 2012

I am extremely fortunate to be able to claim a handful of truly great friends in my life. Nancy was – and is still in my heart - one of these people. Although we have lived thousands of miles apart these past 11 years, whenever Nancy and I spoke on the phone or met, it was like we had been together the previous day, such was the easy-going, comfortable and deep relationship we had. While filled with shocked disbelief over such a huge, sorrowful loss since receiving the news, these past 2 weeks have also been filled with reflection upon ours time together and I am struck by how rich those occasions were: rich with meaningful conversation, mutual loves and interests and, most of all, laughter. She was joyful, vibrant and truly the definition of “one-of-a-kind” and I am honored that she counted me as her friend. Don and Elliot, my family and I offer our deepest, sincerest sympathy to you both in the passing of this marvelous woman.

December 11, 2012

I have worked with Nancy over the last 9 years and am so sad at her loss. I very much sought out and respected her professional judgement and really enjoyed working with her. Along with that she was a very special person, kind and funny. Nancy will be missed by many and I feel very blessed for having known her.

Janet Punty

December 10, 2012

It is with deep sorrow to hear of Nancy's passing. Over the years at Accenture we often shared a good laugh - she will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Patti Jones

December 8, 2012

My favorite memory of Nancy is from a New Year's Eve quite a few years ago when, coincidentally, her Dad and my Mom were recuperating in the same care facility at the same time, on the same floor, and we all ran into each other and spent the evening together. Nancy's Mom was there, too, and my Dad. Ecstatic to have such great company, and looking for a way to spice up the evening, Nancy and I "broke into" the kitchen and made hot chocolate for everyone. We all laughed our heads off and talked about life on a really special New Year's Eve. I send blessings to Mr. Billman and Elliot and pray God's comfort will surround you as you walk through this time of loss.