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“Dear Spring,I was acquainted with your family years ago in Buffalo. I just now read about the loss of your beautiful daughter, Vanessa. My heart...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Nancy Fitzpatrick - Inverness, FL

“My dear friend.... I just read about the loss of your beautiful daughter. I met her once and was not at all surprised by her beauty and talent. So...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Andrea Pinkham - Hampstead, NH

“Please accept my condolences. May you find comfort knowing that God is near you and is a refuge during this difficult time. Psalms 9:9 ...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Spring, I was so saddened today to learn of your lossStay strong my friend!! Bill ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: bill crane - marblehead, MA

“Nancy and I were so saddened by the news. Words are inadequate to show our sadness at your loss. I know that we cannot understand what you are going...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: PAUL MCCARTHY - MARBLEHEAD, MA

“I'm so sorry for your loss.xoxo ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Lesley Crosby - Danvers, MA

“Dear, dear Spring, I am heartsick on reading this terribly sad news about your daughter, Vanessa. Please know that I am sending love and prayers...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Catherine Kempthorne - Marblehead, MA

“Spring, I am sooooo sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through but if it is any...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Brooke (Faville) Kildey - CO

“God bless you Vanessa. Beautiful child gone to soon. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Diane Canty - Marblehead, MA

MARBLEHEAD- Vanessa Chittenden Schoellkopf, 26, of Marblehead, daughter of Spring Schoellkopf and Mark Allen of Marblehead, died on June 2nd, 2016.

Vanessa was born in Boston and lived the first seven years of her life in Marblehead before moving to Buffalo, New York. It was there that Vanessa became a well-known National Elite gymnast, under the tutelage of George Gorgoi, former coach of Nadia Comaneci. Vanessa continued her training with Valerie Liukin, coach of Nastia Liukin, of Plano, Texas. Vanessa retired from gymnastics after sustaining an intractable shoulder injury.

Vanessa moved to West Virginia with her family, and attended Randolph Macon Academy, Junior ROTC Air Force Academy in Roanoke, Va. from which she graduated in 2009. She received an academic scholarship from Norwich University, and completed one year in Vermont. After her academic life she studied cosmetology and earned her license in three states: Virginia, Maine, and Massachusetts. She worked for PR Partners, Pro Cuts, Aveda, and Fringe salons.

Vanessa was a talented artist, devoted daughter, and loving sister to three siblings-Leslie Francis, Bryn and Austin Allen.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be announced at a later date via social media. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq., (At Salem Common) Salem. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit