Joy Darlene Schindler

09/11/1937 - 12/25/2023

Joy Darlene Schindler

Joy Darlene Schindler
September 11, 1937 – December 25, 2023
Loving wife, mother and grandmother, Joy Schindler passed away peacefully on Christmas with family by her side. Our grief is eased knowing God chose this special day to call his angel home. Joy was born on September 11, 1937, in Minam, Oregon to parents Ingrie Cecilla and James Wesley Leonard. She grew up attending school in Elgin, Oregon and enjoyed cheerleading, sports, rodeos, and horses. After graduating from Kinman Business University in Spokane, Washington, Joy pursued a career in banking in Portland and La Grande, Oregon, before going onto work for her uncle’s company, Bates Lumber Mill, in Wallowa, Oregon. Once her daughters were grown, she returned to work in the office at Mercy High School and then as personal secretary to the Superintendent of Sacramento County Office of Special Education.

In 1958, Joy’s world was forever changed once she met the love of her life, Albert Louis Schindler. Joy and Al married in 1963 and had an adoring 60-year marriage. They raised four daughters in a home full of unconditional love, happiness, and sweets. Joy loved many things, especially dancing with her favorite partner, Al. She enjoyed flowers and gardening; yellow roses were her favorite. Joy was a wonderful cook and baker; her brunches were delicious and legendary. Above all, Joy was devoted to her family and always had a special twinkle in her eye and open arms when it came to her beloved grandchildren. Joy had a true servant’s heart and was very giving of her time to family, friends, and anyone in need. She was born into the Mormon faith and converted to Catholicism in 1962.

Joy’s kindness touched so many, especially in the many years she volunteered at St. Mel Catholic Church and St. Vincent de Paul in Fair Oaks. Joy is survived by her loving husband, Al; and her four daughters: Christine (Keith) Atteberry of Danville, Julia (Anthony) D’Amante of Walnut Creek, Mary (James) Waterman of Shingle Springs, and Stephanie (fiancée Tim Clausen) Daley of Cameron Park. Also survived by eight adoring grandchildren: Devan and Matthew Atteberry, Zachary and Michael D’Amante, Reilley
and Joy Waterman, and Rebecca and Samantha Daley. Joy was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Gordon Leonard, and son in law, Rick Daley. Joy will be remembered for her grace, selflessness, beautiful heart, warm smile, and undying love. She gave us the sweetest unconditional love that will continue to be present in the strong family she and Al created. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 12 th , at Calvary Catholic Cemetery & Funeral Center, 7100 Verner Avenue, Citrus Heights. Rosary at 12:30, Mass at 1:00, burial and reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Mel Catholic Church St. Vincent de Paul Society, https://www.stmelchurch.org/st–vincent-de-paul-society