Schell, Thomas G., 64, of Arrowhead Drive, Moundsville, died Tuesday, February 13, 2001, in Reynolds Memorial Hospital, after fighting a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.
He was born November 26, 1936, in Parkersburg, WV, a son of the late Gale Schell and Mary Carroll Schell.
He was a graduate of St. Mary’s, WV High School; Glenville State College with a bachelor of arts degree; and WV University with a master’s degree in counseling and guidence.
He was a former teacher and coach in Wood County, WV, a former guidence counselor at Great Mills High School, Maryland. He was also employed for 26 years by the Marshall County Board of Education, where he was director of Pupil Personnel Services; he was past director of Parent and Family Counseling Center in Juneau, AK; and at the time of his death, he was employed as the career counselor at Central Catholic High School, Wheeling.
He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church, Moundsville; a member of American Guidence Association; WV Education Association; a lifetime member of Marshall County Animal Rescue League; a former director of the WV Blind Camp.
He was a former board member of the following: Northern Panhandle Mental Health Center, Marshall County Mental Health Association and the former Marshall County Child Shelternow Helinski Shelter.
In addition to his parents, he was also peceded in death by several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Holly St. Marie Reich Schell; a son, Thomas J. Schell of Moundsville,; a daughter, Dr. ”Beez” Lea Ann Schell of Denton, TX; a granddaughter, Holli Rose Schell of Moundsville; a cousin, John Chipps of St. Mary’s WV; several uncles, aunts and cousins; his in-laws, Orie Reich-Olsen of Wasilla, AK, Noreen Flynn of Buffalo, NY, Bill Reich of Proctorville, OH, Fran Reich of Bethel, AK, Peter Reich of Roebuck, SC, Fred Reich of Superior, WI, Paul Reich of Anchorage, AK, Eddie Reich of St. Albans, WV, Dorie Ehrig of Columbus, OH, Chris Reich of Dunnelon, FL and Tim Reich of Wasilla, AK.
Friends recieved 1-9 PM Thursday, February 15, 2001, at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes&Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville, where Vigil services will be held at 7 PM Thusday.
He will lie in state from 8 AM until Funeral Liturgy at St. Joseph Cathedral, Wheeling, with the Rev. James LaCrosse S.M. and the Rev. Ronan Deegan T.O.R. as concelebrants.
Interment in Riverview Cemetery, Moundsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas G. Schell Scholarship Fund, Central Catholic High School, 14th and Eoff Streets, Wheeling, WV 26003.