Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Denise Schnell

Jul 22nd, 1975 - Oct 1st, 2021

     Denise Nicole Schnell, age 46, of Noble, Illinois, passed away Friday afternoon, October 1, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

     She was born July 22, 1975, in Olney, the daughter of Karla (Schnell) Ash. 

     Affectionately called “Niece” by those who loved her, she revealed her beautiful spirit with family and friends through all the things she enjoyed doing with them.  She liked to go fishing, ride on the side-by-side, and play board games and card games like “Phase 10.”   Denise put her whole heart into singing Karaoke, enjoyed bowling, and dining out at her favorite restaurants.  She shared an enormous bond and countless special memories with her daughter, and especially loved letting Piper simply put her hair into a braid.  Denise worked for over 15 years at N.A.L. and was a member of the Noble Seventh-day Adventist Church.

     She is survived by her daughter: Piper Jones; her mother: Karla Ash; 3 sisters: Trish (Rickey) McGrew, Amanda (Chris) Byam, and Jennifer Borton (fiancé Eric Jones); grandparents: Richard and Bonita Schnell; a stepsister: Lindsay (Richard) Wells; and other cherished family including nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and cousins.

     She was preceded in death by her father: Billy Ash.

     A funeral ceremony for Denise will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, south of Noble.  Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to a fund for Piper’s education, and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence, visit: