Submitted by her Sister
Amy was born on March 6‚ 1971‚ in Ann Arbor‚ Michigan. She was the daughter of James and Jane Schnearle. Amy grew up on her parent’s dairy farm‚ graduated from Manchester High School in 1989 and earned a degree in education from Eastern Michigan University in 1997. Meanwhile she joined the Manchester Township Fire Department as their first female fire fighter in 1996. She became a member of the Ann Arbor Fire Department in 1998 where she was an EMT and a member of the Hazmat Team. She always dreamed of being a fire fighter and her passion and determination led her on the path of helping others.
Amy was an excellent hostess of parties; loved water sports‚ vacationing and being around friends and family. She was a Longaberger consultant and raised money to walk in the Breast Cancer 3-Day 60-mile walk in support of family and friends.
On January 13‚ 2006‚ Amy tragically lost her life in the line of duty. Amy was a firefighter at the Ann Arbor Fire Department for 8 years. Amy had a zest for life that was contagious. She had a passion for helping others and building meaningful relationships. Her kindness‚ confidence and organization led her on a journey that touched so many lives. She is cherished by family‚ friends and communities who have seen the beauty and dedication in how she lived her life to the fullest. She is deeply missed.
Amy is survived by her husband‚ Alan‚ stepson‚ Jacob; parents‚ Jim and Jane Schnearle; two sisters; Bobbi Kunzelman and Jenni Kerns.