Edward W. Schnabl

August 3, 1933May 13, 2018

Edward W. Schnabl passed away unexpectedly on May 13, 2018. Ed lived in Berwyn, IL for 54 years and in northern Wisconsin for almost 30 years. Ed was proud to be a veteran of the US Army and an engineering graduate from IIT. He worked in procurement before starting his own business in the 1970s. Dad enjoyed travelling and ensuring that our family visited every national park (and read every historical marker along the way), as we packed up the trailer and camped for several weeks each summer. He was proud of his country and was recently privileged to be a part of an Honor Flight to Washington, DC with fellow veterans from the Korean War & WWII. Dad enjoyed fishing on his the BCCT – the Bohemian Canadian Camp Trips, with his friend Don and also enjoyed fishing with his childhood friend Elmer, who has been one of Dad’s friends for nearly 80 years. He enjoyed polkas, playing the accordion, BBQs, and cocktails. Dad volunteered his time to the Czech-American Sokol Organization, teaching classes, holding various offices, and volunteering his time as a handy man with his close friends to keep the gym in good working order.

He was most proud of the home he and mom built in Wisconsin. There, Dad supported the Lions Club and volunteered at the elementary school to help young children with math and vocational training. He was an avid reader – admitting that he didn’t always understand physics, black holes, and deep science, but he worked hard to learn. He also refurbished discarded fishing poles & gave them to the kids at the school.

Ultimately, Dad passed away exactly as he stubbornly requested: in the home that he built. He is preceded in his death by his father and our dearest Babi. He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, EllenJeanne, his two daughters Diana Rhoades and Anita Skotnicki, their husbands, Bruce Rhoades and Doug Skotnicki. His grandchildren include Kyle Rhoades, Keith Rhoades, Kerri Skotnicki and Kelly Cline. Ed recently met their great-grandson, Logan Guy Rhoades. He is also survived by his sister, Mildred Schnabl.

Visitation and Memorial services will be held at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home in Lisle, IL on Sunday, May 20 from 4:00-9:00. The American Sokol Service will take place at 7:30pm. A private interment will be on Monday for immediate family in Bohemian National Cemetery. Please send any donations to • American Sokol Organization – • National Park Service --


  • Memorial Gathering Sunday, May 20, 2018

Edward W. Schnabl

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Joseph Bukovsky

May 19, 2018

I needed positive influences in my youth and "Mr." Ed Schnabl was one of them. From Sokol Berwyn Junior and Men's classes, to my part time employment at Saunders & Co., he was steady as a rock. Ed seemed a one man force in the upkeep and upgrades of the Sokol Hall. After class sessions at Sokol Berwyn with the topic being fishing more often than not. Smelting party anyone? or the magical waters of the North. The festivities of Exhibition with Ed doing his stint behind the bar, preparations for Slet, including loading the Vydra truck brim full with apparatus, and then there was inventory at Saunders. Ed, always a firm hand, a kind heart, a twinkle in your eye, and taking the time to share your knowledge, a humble Thank You and Nazdar! To Ellen Jeanne, my condolences and from my sister Marie, I know you were Eddie's equal on the women's half of inspiration. Joe Bukovsky


May 18, 2018

To Ed Schnabl's relatives - So sorry to hear of your loss. I met Ed a couple of years ago because I wanted to meet Leo Vorlicky's cousin. Leo was my husband and passed away July 20, 2014. I used to live in Arbor Vitae, WI and on a visit there after Leo passed I met Ed and his Wife. So glad I got to meet them. Mara Kaspar

lainie achauer

May 18, 2018

My heart is shattered