Our beloved Georgie passed away on December 9, 2020 due to COVID-related complications.
Georgie was born October 10, 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa to Flora (née Winters) and George Schekel. A deeply-desired, only child, she grew up in Lake Andes, South Dakota, where she learned to play the piano AND pluck chickens. After graduating from the University of Denver, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and began a career in teaching that would span many years. Georgie also met her husband while in California and started her family there. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 1964, where she eventually continued her teaching career at View Acres Elementary School. Regarded as a dedicated and inspiring teacher, many of Georgie's former students continued to reach out to her long after leaving her classroom.
Georgie will be remembered as an extremely witty person, an aesthete, a bon vivant, whip-smart and stylish. A world traveler, who adored her travels all the more when accompanied by family or friends. She had endless wonder at and enthusiasm for art, music, and good literature. She raised four children and spoiled and doted on her seven grandchildren. She had many friends, loved attending lectures, plays, gallery openings, and cultural events of all sorts, bought art from struggling local artists before they became well-known, decorated her homes impeccably, read in church, and donated her time and money to groups that provide scholarships for women and are dedicated to the welfare of the Sioux community she grew up alongside. She enjoyed fine food, opera loud, her baby-grand piano, and a glass of Jack Daniels. She always had suggestions for books to read and an opinion about something in the news. We will hold her memory in our hearts and are blessed to have had her in our lives.
Georgie is survived by her four children (George, Polly, Mary, and Becky) and seven grandchildren (Amanda, Maggie, Anthony, Sam, Tom, Charlie, and Siena), all of whom she loved beyond measure. A funeral mass will be held for Georgie at Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Oswego, Oregon on February 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, her service is invitation only. Georgie's mass will also be live-streamed via www.ollparish.com. A private internment ceremony will follow. Remembrances can be made to the Sioux Nation Relief Fund, snrfprograms.org (the "donate" button is located at the top of the page). Tributes to Georgie can be made on the Gethsemani Funeral Home website.