Working Tirelessly to Help Others in South Milwaukee: Rest in Peace, Kris Schell

Kris Schell helped thousands of people in our community as director of South Milwaukee Human Concerns for more than 17 years.

Today, we mourn her loss. Our loss.

Kris passed away on August 16 at the age of 73. From her obituary

Kristine grew-up and lived nearly all her life in her beloved South Milwaukee. She graduated from St. John’s Catholic Grade School and South Milwaukee High School. Her early adult years were focused on raising her sons and being the second mother to the Hawthorne neighborhood gang while hosting AFS exchange students from all over the world. She was Coordinator of Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for St John’s (Divine Mercy) and later Director of South Milwaukee Human Concerns. After retiring she volunteered her time at both South Milwaukee Historical Society and South Milwaukee Housing Authority.

Kris retired from Human Concerns in 2015, and I was honored to recognize her by declaring July 7, 2015, Kris Schell Day in South Milwaukee.

Her legacy lives on with the work of others at Human Concerns.

You can honor that legacy at Kris’ visitation, set for 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4. In lieu of flowers, memorials to South Milwaukee Historical Society or South Milwaukee Human Concerns in Kristine’s name are appreciated.

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