Saturday, July 6th, 2013
Zeno E. "Sam" Schoenlein, 93, formerly of Coldwater, died July 5, 2013, at Otterbein Living Center in St. Marys, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
He was born March 3, 1920, in St. Peter, to Peter and Veronica Braun Schoenlein. On July 31, 1948, he married Dorothy Fortman in St. Anthony, and she died Oct. 14, 2004.
He is survived by children, Kathleen Shepherd of Lilburn, Ga., David (Karen) Schoenlein of Medina, Robert (Brenda) Schoenlein of St. Henry, Margory (Rick) Curry of Milford, Steve (Kathy) Schoenlein of Dayton and Carol (Bob) Schwieterman of Castle Rock, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his dear friend and companion, Bobbie Jane Axe of St. Marys; a brother, Louis (Mary Jean) Schoenlein of Portland, Ind.; and sisters-in-law, Elvira Schoenlein of Columbia, S.C., and Lucy Fortman of Dayton.
He was preceded in death by siblings and spouses, Paul Schoenlein, Carl (Irene) Schoenlein, Martin (Ann) Schoenlein, Maxie Schoenlein, Dula (Frederick) Brand and Sr. Marie Schoenlein O.P.A.; and in-laws, Fr. Marcellus Fortman, Adelaide (Herman) Lochtefeld, Paul (Mary) Fortman, Richard (Eleanor) Fortman, Sr. Rosemary Fortman, Elizabeth (Leo) Carter, Sr. Madonna Fortman and John Fortman.
He was part owner of the Coldwater Machine Company. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Coldwater Knights of Columbus Council 1991, NAIM of the North, Coldwater American Legion Post #470 and Coldwater VFW Post #5135. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp's 19th repair squadron during World War II. He loved to play bid euchre and was an avid fisherman, gardener and wood craftsman.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Coldwater. Burial with military rites will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Coldwater.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Memorials may be given to Grand Lake Hospice of St. Marys, or the Adrian Dominican Literacy Center of Adrian, Mich.
Condolences may be left at hogenkampfh.com.
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