God Bless You Mom

04abb87b78fc84fc5defe0a7396f6b93a55ff65d_20090519_2Charlotte R. Schellhaas was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on February 7, 1938. She passed away on May 14, 2009, after a two-year fight with cancer. To the end, she bore her pain and suffering with great courage, grace and dignity. She was surrounded by her family and friends in her final hours, but, as was typical of her great compassion, she chose to wait until all good-byes were said and her well-wishers left to surrender her great heart. As in all things, she sought to spare the people she loved from as much grief as possible. The most important thing in her life was her family. She rejoiced in their company and her most joyous time was when her family and friends would come to her home for fellowship and good times. She was a collector of people. Most especially she loved to spend time with her grandchildren, recruiting them in her mischief. She loved travel and adventures and when she could include her family she was at her happiest. Charlotte was a retired Account Executive for AT&T. She is survived by her husband, CDR Richard Schellhaas, USN (Ret.); her six children, Robin Ceriani of Grants Pass, OR; David Tocki and David Weiss of Leesburg, VA; Ron and Kristen Tocki of Ramona, CA; Tom and Gail Hurn of Poway, CA; Jeannie and Ricardo D’Abreau of Carlsbad, CA; Jerry Gill of Las Vegas, NV; and Capt. Ross (USMC) and Kristine Schellhaas of Twenty-Nine Palms, CA; her brother, Emmit Hassin of Seal Beach, CA; as well as her 13 grandchildren and her large and diverse “family” of friends. Services were held at Canyon View Christian Fellowship in San Diego on Monday, May 18, 2009. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to San Diego Hospice or Griffin Schellhaas, http://www.griffin.usmclife.com.

Live For Griffin!

From My Niece’s Blog…
griffin2We have just received the go-ahead from the Marine Corps Base here on 29 Palms. Dinosaur Park is being rebuilt and we have the opportunity to provide equipment, benches and other items in Griffin’s honor. Please help us fundraise! You can make donations and/or buy shirts to help this cause: http://www.griffin.usmclife.com/ Even if you can’t donate, please pass the word onto everyone you know, that would be a huge help. Thank you all for your support! On November 10, 2007, Chad Estes issued a challenge to those attending. That was to do something incredible, do something hard. Do something that Griffin will never be able to do.”