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Denise Schnell

Jul 22nd, 1975 - Oct 1st, 2021

Funeral:  2 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation:  5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at the funeral home

Burial:  Green Hill Cemetery


     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:


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Charlotte Lynn

October 2nd

So sorry to hear of Denise's passing. Sympathy and prayers go out to the family. She & Piper attended some of our family get togethers. Our family will miss her.

October 2nd

She was a great gal we loved spending time with her at deer camp. She will be missed

DEbbie Odem

October 3rd

So sorry for your loss prayers to you and her family

Samantha Nelson

October 3rd

Pastor Steve and I are so sorrowful over this great loss. Our hearts ache with all of yours and we pray God will give you comfort and courage during this time of grief. Denise will be greatly missed by all. We love you and all your family so much.

Gail Butler

October 3rd

My sympathies to her family. Prayers also to the family. I worked with her at Richland Manufacturing and NAL.

Saundra White

October 3rd

I am so sorry to hear about Denise’s passing. Prayers to Piper and the rest of the family. She was a great friend, and will be missed!

Amy Whillock

October 3rd

I'm sorry for your loss. Sympathy and prayers for the family. Everyone who knew her will miss her very much. She was very special.

Patrick O'Donnell

October 3rd

Prayers for all. So sorry for your loss.

Larry and Donna Milner

October 4th

So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for the family.

Jeana Cazel Boase

October 3rd

I was lucky enough to be in the class of 1993 Noble HS graduating class with Denise. I have many fond memories with Denise and her great laugh. Piper was her greatest treasure in this world. God bless you Piper and I'm happy to say I grew up with your mother. She will always be your angel.

Frank Poiesz

October 4th

Please accept my sincere condolences. I work with Amy Cordova. I understand that Amy traveled to be with your family during this tragedy, a sign of strong and deep family ties. May the love and compassion of friends and extended family help you in this difficult time. Sincerely, Frank

Penny Glover

October 4th

My heart goes out to Piper and her family! I had the pleasure of working with Denise at NAL...she was such a beautiful person inside and out! She was always smiling and laughing....she will be missed! RIP my friend!

Melissa cox gates

October 5th

My prayers for all of denise's family,she was a sweet person may she rrst in peace,fly high.

Deb Rosenberger

October 5th

Denise was my friend for many years. Love her dearly

Virginia Short

October 5th

Extending heartfelt sympathy to friends and family.

Chip Barche

October 5th

I was so shocked to hear of Denise's passing. My heart goes out to Piper and family. Denise was a friend for many years. Denise was a good person, always smiling and laughing. I will always cherish the good times with her and Piper. I am so sorry that I had to miss Denise's visitation. May God comfort Piper and your family in this difficult time. May God Bless you all!

Crystal Fulk

October 6th

You were a wonderful person all through school and every since I've known u god bless u and your family u will be truly miss rip

Nancy Kowa Boccuzzi

October 6th

Such a caring and delightful person gone way, way too soon. You will be acutely missed by so many. Denise, I've loved your family from decades before you were born. Family love will go to any extreme to support Piper. They are the best, and you were a very special part of them. No one will ever stop grieving or "doing what needs to be done".



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