OBITUARY

Donald "Donnie" Sylvester Schanz

May 6, 1946October 16, 2017

Donald S. “Donnie” Schanz, 71, of Mascoutah, Illinois, born May 6, 1946, in Mascoutah, Illinois, passed away, Monday, October 16, 2017 in Belleville, Illinois.

Donnie worked as a truck driver and did body repair on automobiles. He was a past member of the Mascoutah Sportsman’s Club. He was a food connoisseur and enjoyed barbequing. He loved spending time with friends and never met a stranger. He was always ready to lend a hand and help friends and family in need. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gail Schanz, nee Ellis; his parents, Sylvester H. and Dolores, nee Valkamp, Schanz; a sister, Carol Bell, a son-in-law, Robert “Bob” Cunningham, and a brother-in-law, Roger Scroggins.

Surviving are his loving wife of 15 years, Christine Schanz, of Mascoutah, Illinois; his children, Sandra J. (Bill) Cunningham-Teal, of O’Fallon, Illinois, Kenneth (Sonia) Schanz, of Bethalto, Illinois, and Joseph E. Schanz, of Mascoutah, Illinois; his grandchildren, Shannon (Cody) Southerland, Matthew Schanz, and Donna Schanz; his three great grandchildren, Danielle Knoche, Harkryder “Ryder” Southerland, and Dustin Schanz; his siblings, Paul (Cindy) Schanz, Sylvia (Joe) Seper, Charlie (Sue) Schanz, Debbie Scroggins, Richard (Cindy) Schanz, Jan (Gary) Gould, Nancy Barker, Barbie (Mark) Potts, and Mark (Patti) Schanz; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the American Heart Association. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com.

Visitation: Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Mascoutah City Cemetery, Mascoutah, Illinois.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Steph & Bill Schottel

October 21, 2017

Christina we were shocked to hear of Donnie's passing. We were sad to see Donnie & you leave HLB. Donnie was such a helpful and friendly guy. He always was willing to lend a tool or help whether it was working on a golf cart or splitting wood. Take care we will meet Donnie again, Goodbye Friend,

Sharon Blair

October 21, 2017

Ken sorry for your loss I know you will miss him, May the Lord wrap his arms around.

Monika Shaw

October 19, 2017

I will miss you dear Donnie. I remember how you made me feel welcome when I first moved into Harbor Light Bar. Always helping when I needed help,a true friend. Christina, my friend, my heart aches for your loss. You lost your love. To Joe, Sandy and Kenny and family sorry for your loss. Your dad will be greatly missed.

Your Sister Debbie

October 19, 2017

Cristina I am so sorry for the loss of the man you truly loved and cared for through your whole marriage. I know how much you loved and took care of my brother and I love you and appreciate you so much Sis. My heart is hurting with yours and I am glad that Sandra can be there with you. I will be there Sat. for you and Donnie.

Theresa (Terry) Widman

October 18, 2017

Joe, Your Dad will always be missed. We had good times at "Reflections".

Mike Presson

October 18, 2017

Donnie, get another log for the fire, the garage is getting cold! We had some great times in that garage and you will be sorely missed by me and my brother!! Thanks for the memories and the beer!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY