Andrew “Andy” Parnell
MARQUETTE, MI – Andrew “Andy” Parnell, age 59, of Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday morning, August 13, 2017, at his home, in the loving, comforting care of his family and caregivers of Lake Superior Hospice.
Born July 29, 1958, in Kirkland, England, a son of Rodney and Rita (Farrant) Parnell, Andy was raised in Newmarket, England where he attended the Laureate School and enjoyed soccer. Andy came to the Marquette area when his step-father, Clayborne Hamond, was stationed at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. He met his future wife, Teresa Schmeltzer, through her brother, Mike. They fell in love, but then he had to return to England. When he was 18, Teresa’s parents sponsored his return to the United States. The couple soon married, and later welcomed two daughters into their family.
Andy was employed as a heavy equipment operator for the City of Marquette, primarily with the City Water Department. He retired at age 47, then worked another eight years in maintenance with Range Bank.
Andy loved the solitude of camp and his canine companions, Sheba, Dexter, and Ollie. He spent many hours in the woods hunting with his brother-in-law, Tim, and their bird dogs. Andy’s hometown of Newmarket is the horse racing capital of the world, and he passed down his love of horses to his daughter.
He enjoyed watching soccer and football, and rooted on his favorite teams, the Tottenham Hotspur and the Dallas Cowboys. Andy was a quiet, witty man who loved his family; many memories were made over cold beers, inappropriate jokes, and a whole lot of laughter.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Teresa; daughters, Kristie Hechtman and Shanon (Jermey) Ottaway, both of Marquette; his grandchildren, Hannah, Andrew, Grant, Greta, and Henry; his siblings, Rosamund Lynam, Clive (Sue) Parnell, Neil Parnell; half-brother, Rodney Parnell; step-brothers, Paul Lynam and Shaun Lynam; mother-in-law, Marilyn Schmeltzer of Negaunee; sister-in-law, Cindi Cappo of Ishpeming; brothers-in-law, Mike Schmeltzer and Tim (Colleen) Schmeltzer of Marquette, and Scott Schmeltzer of North Dakota; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents; step-parents; his sister, Janice Parnell; father-in- law, Richard Schmeltzer; and sister-in-law, Cathy Schmeltzer.
Honoring Andy’s request, a private celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider planting a flower bulb in his memory.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com