Lenore P. Schram

Funeral Services:

Lenore Pauline Schram, 91, of Nasvhille, a small but mighty woman, died peacefully July 4, 2018.  She was born in Novi to Clara and LJ (Schwartz) Putnam on June 22, 1927. She married the boy next door, Hugh Schram, on August 1, 1945. Lenore started studying for her teaching degree at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti after World War II. Her studies were interrupted by the birth of her children, Jodie Jenks (Nashville, Mich.) and Tim Schram (Hubbell, Mich.). As years went by, Lenore and Hugh travelled the U.S. and landed in the Lansing area. Lenore finished her teaching degree and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Education at Michigan State University.  She taught sixth grade in Portland, Mich. and continued her career for 17 years as a teacher and reading specialist in the Lansing School district.

Along with busy careers in education, Lenore and Hugh bought a farm near Grand Ledge in 1956.  It became their labor of love and they created AppleSchram Orchard.  In 1987 they sold the farm to their niece, Jane Bush, who provided special friendship and support to her Aunt Lenore. Lenore was an expert quilter, winning blue ribbons at county fairs in Michigan and Florida.  She was an avid gardener and nature lover.  She found her spirit and grace when she was in the garden, walking in nature and spending time at her Canadian camp on Lake Achigan, Ontario with her dear lake friends.

Lenore is survived by her daughter, Jodie Jenks; son, Tim (Kathy) Schram; grandchildren, Scott Laakso, Debbie (Garfield) Rowe, Ira (Tracey) Schram, Emily Schram; many great and great great-grandchildren; sister, Gail Cotter; brother, Hadley Putnam (Carrie Ketterer); and many nieces and nephews; Lisa Neeb and The Luminate Care Giving Team; Joyce and Gerald Edgecomb, the best neighbors you could have; Lynn and Stan Marosz, her backyard Florida neighbors; and her cat Buffy.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Hugh; sisters, Patricia Porritt and Jane Sebastian.

Lenore’s family invites you to join them with your favorite story, poem, song, or dance at her visitation and funeral service. Funeral services are Monday, July 9 at 10 a.m. at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with visitation one hour prior to service from 9 to 10 a.m. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Teacher’s Guild.

The family would love to see your favorite story or poem on Lenore’s tribute page at

Her family will remember Lenore as a small but mighty woman who lived a big life.