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Isabel O. Schnadig August 20, 1916 - September 14, 2019

Isabel Oliver Schnadig, 103, passed away in Houston, Texas on September 14, 2019.  She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Dr. Benjamin and Mollie Oliver. Isabel was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 64 years, Edgar L. Schnadig, and her daughter Ruth Jean Schnadig.

Isabel is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn and Mike Innerarity, her granddaughter, Jeanell Ruth Innerarity, her sister Lila Oliver Asher, and nieces and nephews, Bonnie and Tom Klee, Sean Klee, Zamira Doar, and Ben and Sophie Doar.

Isabel graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia before marrying Edgar whom she met when they were counselors at a camp in New Hampshire. While Edgar was serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Isabel worked for the Chicago Housing Authority. Upon his return, they lived in Chicago, where Edgar was born and raised, before moving to Tucson, Arizona and then to El Paso, Texas in 1959. During their years in Tucson and El Paso, Isabel supported Edgar in his professional careers, while also volunteering with Hadassah, the Temple Mount Sinai Sisterhood, and La Mariposa Hospice.

During their years in Tucson and El Paso, Isabel never let a moment go by when she wasn’t learning and developing new skills. She never stopped asking questions.  Edgar was the gregarious member of their partnership and, fulfilling the role of supporter-in-chief, Isabel exemplified her generation’s ideal of wife and mother. She became a wonderful cook and seamstress in addition to learning bookkeeping and computer skills. When their youngest daughter, Ruthie, passed away, Isabel’s strength and stoicism were evident to all, complimented by Edgar’s invaluable support.  As she once told a friend, Isabel thought about Edgar every single day after his death in 2003.  She may have seemed to outsiders to be the less strong half, but together they were an ideal pair.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism 801 Bering Dr. Houston, Tx. 77057.


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    Connie Paul says

    She was such s kind woman. Nice memories of her when I went to see JoAnn during our high school and college years.

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    Rob Hershinow says

    I just came across this page – what a lovely photo of “Grandma Isabel.” I’m so glad I had an opportunity to meet Isabel earlier this year when I came to Houston with Jeanell. I enjoyed chatting with Isabel about many things, including her dog Chippy (because they fed her potato chips). May Isabel’s memory be a blessing.

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