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Anne J.  Schetter
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Anne J. Schetter (nee Leonardi) of Haddonfield, NJ, died September 15, 2017. Age 83. Beloved wife for 64 years to George A. Schetter. Loving and devoted mother of Dr. Susann E. Schetter (Michael Jennings) of Millersville, PA; Karen A. McGonigle (Kyle) of Cherry Hill, NJ; and George A. Schetter (Wendy) of Gilbert, AZ. Anne is also survived by her beloved and cherished mother, Mary Rose Leonardi (nee Ruggeri) of Brant Beach, NJ. Devoted grandmother of Sara Barnes (Steven), Kara McGonigle, Leah McGonigle, Daniel Schetter, and Benjamin Jennings. Dear sister of Joseph S. Leonardi of Barefoot Bay, FL and Rosemary Hirsekorn of Brant Beach, NJ.

Devoted, loving mother, wife and friend, this woman was as dependable as the day was long. She could reserve any amount of energy to come to the aid of a friend, family member or simply a person in need. Time, geography or distance, no matter, if you needed her, she would be there. Her generosity of spirit will be missed by all of us who were nurtured by her care.

Anne was first born of Mary and Tony Leonardi, sister to Joseph Leonardi and Rosemary Hirsekorn. She was the wife of George A. Schetter, Sr. and mother to Susann Schetter, George Schetter and Karen McGonigle. Her grandchildren; Kara McGonigle, Sara Barnes, Leah McGonigle, Daniel Schetter and Ben Jennings are her ‘treasures’.

As her children entered school, Anne began her commitment to volunteerism. The needs of the fledgling St. Stephen Church and School were the initial focus of her attention. Setting altars for masses and holidays, ferrying sisters (occasionally to the “Mount” in Flourtown, PA), PTA and staffing BINGO, there was no end to the calls for service. The breadth of her volunteer efforts included difficult assignments and she was unafraid to tackle challenges others could not. Mom helped many a person bridge heaven and earth as a volunteer at Samaritan Hospice where she spent her final days in peace.

A child of nature, her affinity for the sea and beach was a never-ending love affair. We will always remember how through the decades, the beach became a central part of our lives, and how family time was shared. Her children and grandchildren dug for hours, jumped the endless course of waves, floated and flipped and surfed the ocean. She was always content to feel the sand between her toes and go for an occasional dip of the feet into the lapping waves. Running back to her chair you would be greeted and wrapped in a dry towel. From Barnegat Light to Ocean City, the memories are captured forever in our hearts.

The sandpipers were her special friends at the beach. Her love of their constant skittering and retreat from waves as they made their way down the shore in search of food brought joy to her soul.

Mom Mom enjoyed gardens and flowers of all kinds. Her design prowess was respected by so many who depended on her to create the perfect arrangement out of the St. Francis Shoppe. Anne started this business as an entrepreneur, after attending the Hixson School of Floral Design in Lakewood, OH. With attention to design and a personal touch she created a success. She earned a top designer award at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

At home, it was important to her to keep flowers close at hand, and although intimately familiar with all the buds and greenery, there is no exaggeration in the fact that she would be happier with a trip to Longwood Gardens than an afternoon tending plants or picking weeds outside.

Following the sale of her business, her love of design was integral to Anne’s subsequent achievements managing “Inside Macy’s By Appointment”, a personal shopping service.

And then there’s food. Not as sustenance, we know food as a celebration of life. Recipes, not necessary, the secret to the food lived in her heart. It must be well made, it must be of the best ingredients, taste is everything. Mom’s meatballs, in sauce or naked, there were no better. We are indebted to Mom for her love of cooking which she has successfully passed down two generations (so far) to the great joy of so many.

Mom Mom, you are so loved and will be so missed. Our peace lies in our memories and in knowing you rest in the company of other angels that will keep you well.

Funeral services and interment private. The family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions in Anne's memory be made to Interfaith Caregivers, P. O. Box 186, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

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