Florence Schell

Florence Z. Schell (Zampino)

Saturday, November 19th, 1932 - Saturday, October 10th, 2020
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ALBANY – Florence Z. Schell, “Gramma Flo”, 87, passed away peacefully on October 10, 2020, at the Daughters of Sarah Senior Community in Albany NY. Florence was born on November 19, 1932, in Half Moon NY, and was the daughter of the late Michael P. and Helen (Biette) Zampino. She was predeceased by her husband, Carl S. Schell, Sr., to whom she was married for 62 years, and brother, Leonard M. Zampino.

Florence is survived by daughter Linda E. Marks (Doug) of Tucson Arizona, son Carl S. Schell, Jr. (Susan), of Delmar NY, and Cindy H. Pulire (Michael), of Scarborough Maine. “Gramma Flo” is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Jessica Wilcox (Jeffrey), Jeffrey Coseo (Lara), Eric Schell (Ashley), Christopher Schell (Mary), Charles Pulire (Courtney), and Nicholas Pulire (Jillian), 9 nieces and nephews, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Florence moved to southern Maine in 1990 with her husband Carl Sr. upon his retirement, where she lived for 27 years before returning to the Capital District. Florence loved gardening and grew glorious flowers and shrubs. She was an avid bird watcher and delighted in seeing them visit the feeders and birdbaths in her gardens. Long walks along Kennebunk Beach and motor trips in Maine and New Hampshire were favorite pastimes. Florence was politically active and one of the highlights of her time living in Kennebunk, Maine, was having the opportunity to occasionally see and say hello to George and Barbara Bush. Gramma Flo loved the children in her family very much and was always excited to prepare Italian feasts for them. A laugh over a simple glass of beer gave her much pleasure. She had a great sense of humor that delighted her dedicated caretakers at Atria Shaker and Daughters of Sarah. Florence had a strong faith in God and prayed regularly. She also made many friends whom she visited frequently in the Saco Beach convent.

Private family services will be held at Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte.32), Waterford, NY. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waterford.

Memorial contributions in place of flowers may be sent to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, 40 North Main Ave, Albany NY 12203.
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    Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
    133 Broad Street
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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    Funeral Services Will Be Private
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    Saint Mary's Cemetery
    Middletown Road
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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Glen Zampino

Posted at 05:33pm
Linda, Cindy & Carl so very sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you and family. I see Aunt Florence will be near my Dad, Sandy, Meme and Baba - we will visit her often.

Terri Coseo

Posted at 10:28am

dear Linda, Carl, Sue and Cindy, and all cherished family members,

Gramma Flo was so vibrant and full of love and laughter! Everyday was like Christmas to her. I remember that any ailment anyone told her of, she'd have a homeopathic cure . I always thought she should have been a Doctor .She was full of fun, mischief and creative ideas to share. I felt warm and loved when I was with her. Her great faith was always present and she was ready to share her gospel with all. I remember bringing my son Lucas to visit her , Daddy Carl, Gramma Meme and all at their lovely Maine home. We'd share fun stories while eating fresh lobster and more delish food. Flo was one in a bizillion. She loved her family and to her Lord God she was a faithful servant. My thought and prayers are with you all during a profoundly difficult time. blessings and love, Terri L. Coseo

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