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Nancy O’Donnell Schuette, 59

Nancy O’Donnell Schuette died in her home on Nov. 21, 2018. She suffered a cerebral venus thrombosis on Oct. 23, 2018. After a long and valiant fight, and through many complications, Nancy passed away peacefully surrounded by her family.
She was born Nancy Elizabeth O’Donnell in Chicago, Ill., on March 10, 1959. Nancy attended Woodstock High School and went on to study at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. She earned a bachelor’s degree in special education, and she subsequently earned a master’s degree in education from Aurora University in 2008. Nancy met her husband, John Schuette, at MacMurray College in 1977. The two married on Aug. 3, 1985. They went on to have four daughters: Claire, Madeline, Bridget, and Olivia. Nancy was a creative, loving spirit. She forged incredibly close relationships with both family and friends – she was treasured and loved by all who knew her. Nancy loved the simple joys in life: going for walks, spending time with her daughters and sisters, a cup of coffee in the morning, and singing along to the Beatles. She also loved hiking, traveling to national parks, and spending time in nature.
Nancy is survived by her husband, John; her four daughters; her sisters, Patti, Ginger, Peggy, Judy, Kate, Helen; her brother, Jack; her cherished brothers- and sisters-in-law; and dozens of beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her stillborn daughter, Chelsea Schuette; her brother, Marty O’Donnell; her parents, Virgie and Jack O’Donnell; her nieces, Grace Fetty and Samantha Scheltens; her sisters-in-law Patty Schuette and Doris O’Donnell; and her father and mother-in-law Otto and Virginia Schuette.
There will be a visitation and memorial service on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at the Starline Factory – Helm Room, 400 W. Front St. in Harvard, Ill., from 3 p.m. until the time of the service at 6 p.m.
Donations in honor of Nancy can be made to the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association at, and The Pioneer Center for Human Services at:
For information, contact Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710, or visit

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