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Maria R. (Farrell) Schindler

Funeral Services & Interment will be held privately for Maria R. (Farrell) Schindler, who died on Saturday, December 25th, Christmas Day, after being stricken at her home and later pronounced at the Whidden Memorial Hospital, she was 64 years old.

Maria was a true Revere native. She was educated in Revere Schools and was an alumna of Revere High School, Class of 1975. Maria knew her calling and enrolled in Somerville School of Nursing, what would become a career that spanned 45 years. She began her career at the Faulkner Hospital where she worked for about 4 years before securing a position at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, where she remained for 41 years. Maria worked all facets of nursing but was most fulfilled as a Labor & Delivery Nurse. She was there to be with parents as they celebrated their joy of welcoming their child or children in this world. She was also there, during very difficult times, when parents would be faced with losing a child at birth, it was Maria who would take charge and help the heartbroken parents cope and help the parents during these times. She always went above & beyond with very case she was faced with. Dedication was in her DNA. She would treat others as if they were her own family and many of them stayed in touch with her and became lifelong friends. On November 7, 1981, Maria married her best friend, Christopher Schindler. The couple, after they were married, remained in Revere where they raised their four children. She was dedicated to her family and was all about showing them what dedication & determination meant. One of Maria’s greatest joys in her life was spoiling her grandchildren, she adored them more than anything. She was also very happy while cooking for friends, family & even patients. She was an avid gardener at home. Her happy place when not surrounded by her family was up in the cabin with her husband in Hollis, Maine. She loved it there and enjoyed spending her time there. Maria will be remembered for her dedication as a nurse, her role with her family, but most of all for giving back and not ever looking for any recognition.

She is the devoted wife of 40 years to Christopher Schindler of Revere. Loving & proud mother of David P. Schindler & wife Candi of South Carolina, April M. Schindler, Jacklyn A. Damiano & husband Stephen, Jr., all of Revere & Adam J. Schindler & wife Sara of Lowell. Cherished grandmother of Adam J., Madison R. & Stephen, III. Beloved daughter of the late Richard P. & Mary T. (Little) Farrell. Dear sister of the late Airman 1st Class John E. Farrell. She is also lovingly survived by many faithful cousins, friends & colleagues.

Remembrances may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute – Division of Development & The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

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  1. Lee Perrin
    Jan 18 2022

    I just learned of Maria’s death by an email from St Elizabeth’s. I was an OB anesthesiologist at SEMC for many years and had the pleasure to work with her. She was an awesome nurse who took wonderful care of her patients. I wish there were more like her. The world is poorer for her absence. My heartfelt condolences to her family.

  2. Karen Johnson
    Dec 31 2021

    Chris and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Maria’s passing. We were childhood friends and my mother Mary worked with her mother for years and had a long friendship.
    May God watch over you and provide solace with the wonderful memories of your life together

  3. Nancy Mulligan
    Dec 30 2021

    To the Schindler Family, my sincere condolences to you, my heart is broken for you all. Knew Maria and John growing up as my husband and I spent many hours with her parents Dick and Mary. They were so proud of all she did as a nurse, then a loving wife, a wonderful mom and grandmother. May God help you through this difficult time.

  4. Mike Williams
    Dec 30 2021


    Our heart is broken for you and your family. Maria was obviously one of a kind and touched many peoples lives in her lifetime. We can’t begin to imagine your loss and can only hope that the many memories made together over the past 40 years will help carry you and the rest of your family through the days ahead.

    You are a great guy and it hurts to know you are suffering.

    Best regards,

    Mike and Robin

  5. Nancy Monkiewicz
    Dec 29 2021

    I was shocked and saddened to read in the Revere Journal of Maria’s passing. I have a lot of wonderful memories of her with our children going to McKinley School together and Girl Scouts. My prayers are with you at this sad time.

    Nancy Monkiewicz

  6. Thomas Bradford
    Dec 29 2021

    I am shocked and saddened by the news of Maria’s death, my wife and I offer our sincerest condolences for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.

    God bless
    Tom Bradford

  7. Patricia LaPierre
    Dec 28 2021

    Chris and Family: I can not imagine with all you have been through for such a life changing and devastating loss of your wife will affect your family. I am so saddened to hear of this and pray, with the memories you all have that she will live on in all of your hearts and the memories you cherish, will help get you through this most difficult time. May God Bless all of you and help keep you strong.
    Your in our thoughts and prayers.
    Patricia LaPierre

  8. Auntie Phyllis, Denise, Marisa, Christine and Louis
    Dec 27 2021

    Chrissy, David, Jacklyn, April and Adam; we were devastated to hear of Maria’s sudden passing. Wishing you comfort and peace to face the days ahead and loving memories to hold in your heart.

    Love Always

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