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 Anna <I>Abel</I> Schuman

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Anna Abel Schuman

  • Birth 13 Aug 1902 Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 16 Sep 1997 Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 19814869

Our Grandmother, Anna Marie (Abel) Schuman, was born in Bloomington, Illinois on August 13, 1902. She was the second youngest child of Anthony and Mary (Kennedy) Abel. I do not know when the family moved to Danville, Illinois, but it was when our Grandmother was very young. She had a happy childhood by all accounts and enjoyed school. She was a very sociable person and belonged to several ladies clubs in Danville, had many friends and was very active in St. Patrick's Church (which later became Holy Family Church).

Our Grandmother enjoyed working and got her first job shortly after high school in 1920. She worked in the accounts department at Cramer and Norton Department Store in Danville - a job she really loved. She was a very lovely young lady who was always in fashion and always wore her hair perfectly coiffed.

On September 14, 1922 our Grandmother married our Grandfather, Joseph Albert Schuman, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Danville. They bought a home on Anderson Street in Danville and on December 15, 1923, welcomed my Father, Joseph William Schuman, into the world. Dad was their only child and they doted on him. In late 1950's they moved to 704 Florida Ave in Danville.

While my Dad was growing up, my Grandmother helped my Grandfather in his Sheet Metal business by keeping the accounts in order. After my Dad began high school, Grandma went back to work outside of the home in a ladies clothing shop in Danville. She continued to work and said it was her salvation when Dad went off to war in 1942 as it gave her a focus. In the late 1950's, Grandma went to work for The Parisian Ladies Clothing Store in Danville and retired from there after 20 years - she was 76 years old! After that, she volunteered at the St. Elizabeth Hospital Gift Shop.

Anna was a wonderful Grandmother, who spent a lot of time with her Grandchildren. She taught me how to write letters and ‘thank-you' notes, wrap gifts; how to sew, iron, embroider - she also taught me the basics of cooking and baking. Her noodles were the best in the world! We made a lot of home baked bread and strawberry jam together when I was young. She would take us to the park, blow bubbles with us outside in the backyard, play games, read stories in the living room and sit and color with us at the kitchen table. She was so much fun! In all the years I knew her, she never complained about anything. She always had a kind word for everyone. She was always concerned everyone had enough to eat and enjoy. ♥ She always brought treats with her when she visited and sent treats home with you when you visited her!

She was very generous and spent much of her earnings on her Grandchildren. She would take us shopping on a regular basis – outfitting us with all of our clothes. She'd sometimes go a little overboard with a fancy dress and say "Just don't tell Grandpa how much it cost." ♥ Not that he would have minded at all, though! She loved giving gifts and always picked the perfect present. Our Grandparents came over nearly every Sunday afternoon and I looked forward to their visits.

Our Grandmother died on September 16, 1997 after a long and lonely struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. My children and I went to visit her often in the nursing home where she resided from September 1990. From 1992 onward, she didn't remember who we were, but it didn't matter because we knew who she was. She always saw my Son, William Tyler Huber, as my Dad when he was young. William loved going to visit her.

Our Grandparents were married 57 years. They had one Son, Joe, a Daughter-in-law, Joyce and five Grandchildren; John, JoAnn, Jennifer, Jeannine and Jodi.

I miss my Grandma and I think of her and my Grandpa with very fond memories.

Beloved Grandma Ann to William Tyler Huber who lovingly called William ~ "Joe" and "Joey".

♥ Thank you for taking the time to read about our Grandmother Ann. ♥

❀~ We'd like to thank Bob & Nancy Cannon for placing our Grandmother's page on the Find A Grave Site - and for graciously transferring it to us. Sincerely-Jennifer and Jimmy Fry ~❀

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