August 4, 1949 – February 12, 2021
Uncasville- Lenore Mary (Baker) Schoen, “Sunflower”, 71, of Uncasville, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 12, 2021, at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. Lenore was born August 4, 1949 in New Haven, the daughter of the late Robert T. Baker, Sr. and Mary A. (Murray) Baker. She wed Alex C. Schoen, III on May 2, 1975 at St. Francis Church in New Haven, and they were happily married for 45 years. In addition to her husband, she leaves their son, Alex C. Schoen, IV of Branford. She is also survived by many cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her brother, Robert T. Baker, Jr. Lenore was a graduate of St. Francis Elementary School and St. Mary’s High School, both of New Haven, where she developed important lifelong friendships. Lenore worked several administrative jobs, most notably at Blue Cross of Connecticut, The Credit Bureau of Connecticut, and St. Francis School of New Haven.
Lenore was a proud Mohegan Tribal member and took “Sunflower” as her Mohegan name in 2003. She enjoyed day trips to area casinos with her husband, as well as vacationing with her family at East Sandwich beach on Cape Cod, and at Walt Disney World. She especially enjoyed trips to Disney at Christmas time, which was her favorite time of the year. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and needlework, making beautiful blankets and hats. She was an avid New York Yankees fan, and enjoyed attending games at Yankee Stadium, especially with her son. Their fondest Yankee memory together was being in attendance for Derek Jeter’s only career Grand Slam on June 18, 2005. Most of all, she enjoyed spending quality time with her husband, being a fantastic mother to her son, and a wonderful Auntie to all of her nieces and nephews.
Lenore was an incredibly strong woman who endured many serious medical issues throughout her life. She suffered from Rheumatic Fever as a child. She overcame and survived breast cancer in 2003. After suffering near-complete congestive heart failure in October 2012, she underwent a successful heart transplant in June 2013. The extra years this provided were treasured by Lenore, her family, and friends. She suffered severe trauma to both legs shortly afterwards, and was diagnosed with post-transplant kidney failure in February 2020. Despite all this, Lenore never lost her positive outlook, her faith, or her love for life.
Visitation will be held at the Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen, 53 RTE 32, Montville on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 5 to 8 pm.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at St. John’s Church, 22 Maple Ave in Montville at 10 am, meeting directly at the church. Burial in All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave, North Haven, will be held at a later date to be announced at www.montvillefuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lenore’s name may be made to Donate Life America, http://www.donatelife.net .
The Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen, 53 Rte 32, Montville is entrusted with arrangements.
Calling Hours / Visitation
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Thursday, February 25, 2021
February 23, 2021
When the St. Francis school, class of 1963 got together for our 50th reunion, I was very happy to reconnect with Lenore after so many years. Lenore was courageous in the face of many serious health issues. She faced them with humor and grace and a wonderful husband.
I will miss her.
February 23, 2021
Alex and Alex I am so sad to hear of Lenore’s passing. She had gone through so much sickness and always had a smile. Lenore had the courage of an army and always a positive attitude. Thanks to ur love and care giving she was able to get through these past few difficult setbacks. Now Her battle is over and may she Rest In Peace in heaven with the Lord. Lenore was loved and admired by all who knew her!
February 23, 2021
Lenore-my first cousin ( so close we called eachother sister). We lived on Atwater St in Fair Haven. Her family lived on the 1st floor and our family on the 2nd floor. My dad, Wallace Murray, and Lenore's mother Mary Murray(Baker) were brother and sister. My mom and Mary were best friends. We spent every holiday together and vacations. My fondest memory was one vacation from Cape Cod where we vacationed with our entire family and relatives. We decided to go to Provincetown and shop around. Then, we went to a resturant. Since, Lenore and I hated seafood- the menu presented a problem with tons of seafood. We ordered a ham sandwich -which was awful. During our lunch, I turned to Lenore and said-"You ate that?" She didn't answer. Years later I found out that she stuck that horrible sandwich in her purse and carried it around all day. YUCK
February 22, 2021
Alex, We are so sorry to learn of Lenores passing.
Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Heaven gained a new angel
Frank, Evelyn & Christian
Karen (Molstre) Jordan
February 21, 2021
Lenore and I went to St. Francis and St. Mary’s together and I always remember her as a kind and caring person. After many years of not having seen each other a small group of St. Francis friends got together and as a result I was able to see Lenore and meet her husband and catch up on some past events. She was lucky to be able to endure a heart transplant and was a very strong woman having to overcome these health issues. My condolences go out to her husband, son and other family members. She was a wonderful woman and I’m so glad that our paths met again. May she be at peace now.