A. Lorena Schrader died July 31, 2007 at the Heritage Home in Utica. She was born July 29, 1921 in Flackville, NY. The oldest daughter of Rev. William Lorne and Amy Sheets Bebee. She attended local schools and graduated from Utica Free Academy. On June 6, 1944, at St. Francis De Sales Church in Utica, she was married to Richard Paul Schrader. They were married for 57 years at the time of his passing on April 1, 2002. She was employed by the S.S. Kressge Co., and retired from the Genesee Nursing Home where she was a housekeeping and laundry supervisor. The center of her life, however, was always her family, her siblings she helped raise, her husband, her own children and grandchildren. She was a gifted homemaker, seamstress and cook and a formidable matriarch. Her friendships were lifelong, her values absolute. She was a beloved sister, aunt and sister-in-law. She will long be remembered for her indomitable spirit and her generosity. She leaves her beloved daughters and sons-in-law, Paulette and Terrence Brady of Florida, Denise and Gary Brown, Karen Gigliotti, Johann and Rocco Garramone, and David M. Gigliotti, all of Utica. Her granddaughters and their husbands, Erin Brady and Michael Shuck of Maryland, Kirsten and Michael Etsen of Florida, Miss Amy J. Gigliotti of NYC, Miss Sarah J. Garramone; and her only grandson, Rocco D. Garramone IV, all of Utica. Two great-grandsons, Brady and Aidan Shuck of Maryland. Her beloved sister and brother-in-law, L. Jane and James Freeman of Florida. Three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Murray L. Bebee of Utica, Morgan D. and Eleanor Bebee, Mark M. and Mary Bebee of Ontario, Canada. Several nieces and nephews, all of whom Rena was very fond of, especially remembering Patricia Bebee Boyles, Janet L. Bebee and Christine M. Freeman who were very dear to their aunt. Her Schrader sisters-in-law, Beverly Schrader, who was so good to Rena, Joan Amann and Margaret Chapman, all of Utica; and a brother-in-law, Ron Weise of Holland Patent. She was predeceased by a sister, Lida M., who died in infancy; three brothers, Melvin H. (WWII), Maurice G. and Milton L. Bebee. Her beloved Aunt Margaret, who was a mother to her and taught her so much, many beloved sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law, and a very dear nephew, Morgan B. Bebee. Her funeral services will commence on Friday at 12 noon from the Surridge & Roberts Funeral Homes, 470 French Road, South Utica and at 1:00 from Historic Old St. John's Catholic Church, Utica. Interment will take place in Crown Hill Memorial Park, Kirkland. Visitation for Lorena will be on Thursday from 5:00 until 8:00 at the funeral home. Rena's family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Heritage Health Care Center for their skill, compassion and kindness to her family during a difficult time.
Hi, this is your Aunt Margaret (Schrader) Chapman''s daughter. I have been trying to get someone''s address to send a card. My mom, sister and brothers send our deepest regards to your families. God bless
Posted by: Lorena | Monday, August 13, 2007
Dear Paulette, Denise, Karen & Joey; My thoughts and prayers are with you & all of your families at this time. We all miss her and I trust you will not be too distraught at her passing and all the things that will need attending too. Love, Chris
Posted by: Chris Freeman | Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Dear Family - I know how much we will all miss our Rena. She was a faithful wife, a wonderful mother and a sister I can never replace. She is at peace, having now a well deserved rest. Our love and prayers are with you all. Your devoted Aunt Jane
Posted by: Jane Bebee Freeman | Thursday, August 02, 2007
Butch and I just wanted to let you know, having lost our own mothers, we know how you all are feeling today.
I was very blessed when it came to sisters in-law. But the two I leaned on the most when your Uncle Nick passed was your mom and Aunt Susie. They were the two who stuck by me the most, not only when he passed, but the many years later, right up to the present. My heart has a big hole in it today for now I have lost them both.
Your mom was very determined and strong willed. That was what I admired about her the most, and she had that right up to the very end.
She loved you all very much and considered her sons in-law, "the sons we never had." Your lives will change now that she''s not here. And for you Denise, it will change dramatically. You were there for both of your parents, and I know from talking to your mom over the past few months, that it was getting harder and harder.
Your mom, converting over to Catholic, as was the case so many years ago if you wanted to be married in the Catholic Church, was a better Catholic than those of us who were born Catholics, and for this, God has rewarded her well. She is in a better place now, and she''s with your dad and her family. She didn''t want to leave and fought it every inch of the way, but now that she''s made it there, she will be the Angel watching out for you just as she did in life.
Grief will last as long as you allow it to. But, try not to grieve too long.....your mom wouldn''t want you to. She lost many in her own immediate family, but she went on and lived her life after that, she would want you to do the same. Cherish your memories, cry a little, laugh alot. I love you all. Aunt Bev and Butch
Posted by: beverly schrader | Wednesday, August 01, 2007
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