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Anton (Tony) Schoenauer

Anton (Tony) Schoenauer of Pingree Grove IL, formerly of Mt Prospect, passed away unexpectedly Thursday  January 18, 2023. Tony was born in Altenhof Germany on September 8, 1934 to Josef and Josephine (Eichhof) Schonauer.  He grew up in the small town of Altenhof, located in the North Rine-Westphalia Region of Germany with his three brothers and sister.  He was very active in the Marching Band, Soccer Club, and Singing Club. Very talented at a young age Tony played many musical instruments and had a great ear for music as well as a beautiful singing voice.

When he was 17, he decided to try his luck at the American Dream and came to America.  Shortly after he arrived, he enlisted in the US Army and served from 1961 – 1963 and became an American Citizen.  He and his first wife, Ira, had a daughter named Debra Marie (Debby). Ira sadly passed away at a young age.   Tony continued to live in Chicago and raise his daughter.

He met Renate Tellman at a German Fest in Chicago and the rest is history.  They married, had two more children (Andrea and Steffan) and lived in Chicago. They moved out to Mt Prospect in approximately 1979.  They lived there for many years.  Tony was employed by Sealed Power as a Tool and Die maker in Des Plaines and faithfully worked there until he retired.  He was the 2nd employee the Company had hired when they first started.  In 2017 they built their “retirement” home in Pingree Grove Il.

Tony took the children faithfully to church every Sunday, attended many, if not all Steffan’s Soccer games, and was always working around the home or rental properties, and of course every Friday night the RGV.  Tony loved soccer, hockey, singing, playing music and being with his children and grandchildren. Later in life he learned the allure of hunting and fishing through his son in law Jim Zupancich and went on many adventures when we went up to Northern MN.  Many tales are still talked about to this day.  Tony even had his hand in catching one of the Winning Fish in the Walleye Whamma a few years back.  Tony was also most famously known as the One Pine Deer Wrestler.  He was also an avid lottery player and faithfully played his $2 every week on the chance of winning the big money. Little did he know the impact he had on his family’s lives and they had already won the lottery with him.

Tony is survived by his wife Renate, his three children Debby (Achim) Feldmann, Andrea (Jim) Zupancich, Steffan (Nichole) Schoenauer, 7 grandchildren, Jennifer (Alex) Johnson, Jason (Hailey) Wadas, Natalie Wadas, Alexandra Maple, Erika Maple, Kirsten (Logan) Traut, Jimmy Zupancich, 2 great grand children Linc Traut and Lux Traut along with many many loving nieces and nephews and friends.

Tony joined his parents Josef and Josefine, brothers Walter, Helmut & Herman Schoenauer, and sister Gisella Feldmann in heaven.

There will be a Celebration of Life held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Huntley IL April 16, 2024, with Visitation from 10-12pm, service at 12.   In lieu of flowers, memorials in Anton’s name can be made to St Jude’s Hospital.

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