Joanne Marie Schneggenburger Nessler, 83, of Tiki Island, Texas, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019.
Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2019, at Emken-Linton Funeral Home, followed by a Memorial service at 2:00 p.m.
Joanne was born May 31, 1935, in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, to Eligius J. Schneggenburger and Helen M. Lenahan. Her father was an U.S. customs inspector stationed in Canada. They later moved to Hitchcock, Texas, from Buffalo, New York, in 1950. She graduated Salutatorian, from Ursuline Academy, Galveston, TX, in 1953. Joanne worked at the tin smelter and Amoco before winning a scholarship and attending the American University in Taluca, Mexico. After returning to the United States, she married Phillip J. Nessler from Texas City, TX, in 1958. They had three children, Phillip Joseph, Jr., Anne Marie, and Eric Carl and five grandchildren. She enjoyed living in three countries: USA, Canada and Mexico and also lived in Puerto Rico. She was a volunteer Red Cross Water Safety Instructor for 35 years, during which time she was called upon to certify Navy lifeguards in Ponce and taught an untold number of children to swim. She enjoyed sailing in the Caribbean islands in a boat captained by her Husband and crewed by her children, snorkeling and scuba diving in beautiful waters. She had many amazing experiences including hiking and climbing mountains, piloting an airplane and studying bullfighting in Mexico. While her children were in high school and college, Joanne returned to college, graduating Cum Laude with a B.S., in Finance from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. Joanne was involved with many organizations including the Texas City Heritage Association (Director), the Texas City civic center, and the Altar Society. After raising their children, Joanne and Phil accomplished a lifelong dream of living on the Bay, moving to Tiki Island, where they enjoyed many years. Joanne is survived by her loving husband, three children and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in memory of Joanne S. Nessler to the Dementia Society of America by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, or online www.DementiaSociety.org/donate.
One of my cousins I never got to know. Rest In Peace.
Gerald SchneggenburgerHamburg, NY
My deepest sympathies are offered to this family.
Joy FarrarLeague City, TX
Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek. What a remarkable woman!
Sandy & Tom ChapmanRichmond, TX
My deepest sympathy to the Family and Friends at the loss of Marie. My father, Leo Schneggenburger, was the brother of Eligius, Marie's father. I remember Uncle Eligius as a person who loved life, traveling in his Volkswagen bus, and adventure. I know this is where Marie learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Rest in Peace, you're now with your Family in Heaven 💕💕💕
Susan Mary Maranda (Schneggenburger)Webster, NY
Michael MarandaAnn Arbor, MI
What great memories we have of Bunko with all of your outlandish throws. May you rest in peace in heaven until we all get there.
David and Pat StiehlTiki Island, TX
What wonderful memories I have of my friend. We will all miss her and that wonderful sense of humor. Rest in peace my friend till we meet again.
Carol HasserdDickinson, TX
My Sister, I will truly miss you. But I know that you have earned these wings and will be dancing on the streets of Gold. God gave me the opportunity to know you and Phil and that was a special gift. I will hold the memory in y heart forever. I love you. Rest in Peace.
Debra "Deva" Maneau
Debra ManeauTexas City, TX
It's so hard to lose not only a family member, but a friend. We went on cruises together and shared wonderful times never to be forgotten. She will be sorely missed.
Sharon LuskWimberley, TX
Your family is in my prayers!
Jeff HeberlingHouston, TX
Ann, Sorry for the loss of your mom.
Wes NeelHouston, TX