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Hoy Funeral Home

3855 Seneca Street, West Seneca, NY

OBITUARY

Donald J. Schoenl Sr.

January 29, 1945June 16, 2020
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SCHOENL, Donald J. June 16, 2020 of West Seneca, NY. Beloved husband of 53 years of Diane (nee Gattie). Dearest father of Donald Jr. (Jennifer Zubler), Darrell (Laura) and Dawn (Douglas) Erksa. Cherished grandfather of Samantha, Connor, Braden, Evan and Parker. Dear brother of William (Linda), Robert (Sharon) and Michael (Nicki) Schoenl. Also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Friday from 3-6 PM at the HOY FUNERAL HOME 3855 Seneca St. West Seneca, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at Queen of Heaven Church at 10:30 am. Please assemble at the church. Flowers gratefully declined, if desired, contributions may be made to the West Seneca Senior Center. Online condolences may be shared at www.hoyfuneralhome.com. Re-opening restrictions limit the number of individuals allowed in the funeral home at the same time. We welcome you to visit with the family and ask for your patience if you experience delays in doing so. Face masks are required.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 19, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, June 20, 2020

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Cynthia Schieber

June 20, 2020

So sorry for your loss, May God keep and hold you in his arms and comfort you during your time of grief. I will always remember Don for his jokes and light heartedness. Best regards, Dan and Cindy Schieber

Brette Sember

June 19, 2020

Don was my dad’s cousin and my grandparents and Don’s parents shared a cottage in Crystal Beach. Once when I was very young, maybe 4, I went in the fun house at the amusement park with my cousins. I became frightened and somehow came out on a second story balcony of the fun house, crying, too scared to keep going. My parents weren’t there. Don was. He somehow got a ladder, climbed up it, rescued me, and carried me down. He saved a little girl from a scary situation. I’ll always love him for that and his infectious smile and good nature is something I will never forget.

Kristin Davis

June 19, 2020

Hiya (that’s the greeting I remember from Uncle Don). I have so many great memories. Family get togethers in Buffalo, playing cards, berry bushes, creek walks, fishing at Sulzle camp, wedding shenanigans and so many smiles and laughs. So many laughs.
Uncle Don was so many things to so many people. He is so loved and will be missed so much.

Anna Marie Buckley(Willett)

June 19, 2020

Dear Bob, Sharon, and the Schoenl family, We are so sorry to hear about Don. He was a wonderful and special man. He had a great heart .He was so caring, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. With love, Crawford, Eva, Terry, and Anna Marie

Joanne Marriott

June 19, 2020

Dear Diane and family,

So sorry to hear about your loss. It's been a very long time since I've seen you but I remember there was always fun on Southwood and Willowdale and Don was a big part of it! I'm sending prayers your way and hope that all those happy memories bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Joanne Marriott

Bruce Gillies

June 19, 2020

Don 's quiet disposition was a source of strength for so many. His dedication to his career and his family was monumental. I enjoyed his humor during our tenure at work. May he rest in peace and soar with the angels.

Mark Schoenl

June 18, 2020

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of Don. I have great memories of visiting with Uncle Don and the family when I was younger. He was always kind, patient, and funny. The one Summer I spent in Buffalo, Don invivted me over to watch a few Sabres games. Can't remember if they won or not, but I do recall having fun with Don every time! He will be deeply missed by many, and we're very sorry for his passing.

With Much Love, Mark & Family

Andrew Wilton

June 18, 2020

Uncle Don lit up the room. From his constant clever jokes and deadpan expression to his love for watching golf, and the sports cards he always slipped into my birthday cards, his warmth and humor will be missed. Uncle Don was my confirmation sponsor, predecessor in the field of social work, and an important role model. Some of my favorite holiday gatherings were those with Uncle Don and the rest of our extended Schoenl family packed into our house every year on December 26. Annual July 4th parties, a memorable string of Schoenl weddings, and tailgating at Buffalo Bills games will surely go down in history. Without divulging specifics, the pranks of the Schoenl clan at these events were skillfully executed. Uncle Don was one of several talented ringleaders in these efforts. I wish him much peace and laughter in his soul as he moves on. His legacy remains very much alive.

Kevin Schoenl

June 18, 2020

Don & Diane
Bill & Linda
Mike & Nicki
Bob & Sharon

Joe Martin

June 18, 2020

Darrell my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Joe Martin, Henrietta FD.

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