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Ms. Joanne “Cookie” Cecelia Lewis Schaekel, 74, of Chapin, South Carolina passed away on November 6, 2021.

She was born February 1, 1947, in Quantico, VA, the second of four children born to Raymond Eugene and Josephine Lewis. A Beaufort High School graduate, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Science from East Carolina University. She returned home to begin her career. She married William Schaekel, December 2nd, 1972; they moved to Columbia, SC and had 2 children. She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina and served the families and children of South Carolina for 34 years as a child protective service program coordinator with the Department of Social Services. She was passionate about safeguarding the lives of women and children.

Cookie loved reading, family genealogy research, birdwatching, and traveling with her family. She enjoyed concerts, the beach, shopping for hats, and watching her granddaughter ride horses. She never knew a stranger and loved to discuss history, science, and the Marine Corps. All of these passions were only surpassed by the love of her children and, in particular, her only granddaughter, as she played an instrumental part in her upbringing.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her older brother, Raymond Lewis Jr.

Survivors include her children; John Schaekel of Chapin, SC, and Amanda Schaekel & granddaughter, Ava, of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; her siblings, Ralph Lewis and Suzanne Kirkland, and their families.

The Schaekel family will hold a funeral service at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon, November 15, 2021, in the chapel of Copeland Funeral Service – One Copeland Drive, Beaufort.

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  1. Eugene Delaney says:

    Cookie was a beautiful person with a loving soul.

  2. Bill Mathias says:

    Rest in Peace, prayers for family

  3. Janet Petorock says:

    Prayers of comfort and peace to the family. Cookie’s gifts to the children of SC will always be remembered; she was such a giving lady.

  4. Grace Riley says:

    Cookie was such a loving, caring and wonderful person. I worked with her for 32 years and she shared so much of her knowledge with me. Amanda and John, your mother was truly a very special person. She loved her family dearly. She put in a tremendous amount of work for the children and families of South Carolina, so I say Cookie, get your rest because you did your very best.

  5. Connie Foutz Hipp says:

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for your family

  6. Louann Sandel says:

    As a new DSS worker so many years ago, I was in awe of Cookie’s knowledge and how well she trained us. Years later I had the honor and privilege of working as a colleague on many projects and just day to day. We shared both serious and zany experiences. And lots of personal conversations. Cookie was a treasure! Her work and data analysis were legendary-as was her driving skills and office!! I will never forget her or her love for her family. Peace be with her and the family…

  7. Jody Henson says:

    It is always sad to hear of the passing of someone you knew when growing up, especially one who was so beautiful in many ways. Not having seen Cookie in many years it is a given from earlier comments she was still that beautiful and caring individual I remember so well. Tidal Wave Love Always.

  8. Pam Bond says:

    I am sorry to read about Cookie’s passing. We worked together many years ago at DSS. I remember her laugh and her brilliant mind. My thoughts and prayers to her family.

  9. Don Adams says:

    Cookie and I were colleagues for 25 years. When I came to state office, she was one of the first people to welcome me. Cookie was sincere as a person and a professional and well respected for her understanding of cases. She sincerely cared about all families and children. In discussions, she never overlooked a single detail. (Sometimes, this resulted in missing our lunch hour.) On another note, Cookie’s driving was notorious, and most of our colleagues volunteered to drive when we travelled with Cookie. She had full faith in her brakes!

    Those of us who worked with Cookie, as well as the child welfare community in South Carolina, are indebted to her. We were lucky to have her on our team, but more importantly, Cookie was a friend.

  10. Phyllis Catrett says:

    Cookie and I attended Beaufort High school. She was a dear friend as was her mother. Rest in peace my dear friend.

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