Kathleen T. Schonauer

March 14, 1931 ‒ May 04, 2017

Fredericktown, Ohio

Kathleen T. Schonauer, 86, of Fredericktown, Ohio, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on March 14, 1931 in Fredericktown, Ohio, the daughter of Fred Newman and Dora Jane (Cole) Miller. Kathleen was a member of the Palmyra Church of Christ. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, sister-in-law, and friend who will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

On May 29, 1948, Kathleen Miller married the love of her life, Max Schonauer. She became his life partner, confidante, and helpmate, always giving support and lending a helping hand on the farm. Kathleen was not only Max’s soul mate and loyal wife, she was his business partner, and supported Max as manager of Schonauer Apartments and on the family farm, where she never hesitated to help with herding cattle or birthing livestock. She loved her flowers, and spent countless hours canning and freezing garden produce. Together Max and Kathleen raised seven children, and her duties of motherhood and homemaker were her top priority.

In 2001, to fulfill her mother’s wishes, Kathleen became caregiver for her youngest brother, Steven. Kathleen loved her family without limit, and often put her brother, children, and grandchildren before herself. She raised the family with endless patience, was their defender, disciplinarian, and friend. She protected, nurtured, and unconditionally loved them with strong, Christian beliefs and ideals. Kathleen was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Kathleen is survived by Max, her husband of 69 years, and their 7 children; James M. (Jackie) Schonauer, Debra A. (Hank) Burgholder-Solis, Marla J. (Morgan) Dague, Paula K. Schonauer, Julie M. (Keith) Chester, Kathleen A. (Rob) Miller and Mary A. (Tim) Cunningham; 24 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Helen M. Miller; and her brothers; Howard D. (Ruby) Miller and Steven R. Miller.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Harold E. Miller; and her sister, Juanita M. Fisher.

Friends may call on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Palmyra Church of Christ, 21184 Zolman Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019. Her funeral service will also be held at Palmyra on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 beginning at 11 a.m. Evangelist Troy Northrop will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery, Fredericktown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Palmyra Church of Christ or Hospice of Knox County.

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  • Thinking of the family with Deepest Sympathy. Your wife and mother was the most wonderful person. She will be missed by many.

  • Our families have been connected in so many wonderful ways and seasons. From our Mom’s and siblings going to school together; becoming relatives through Deb and Dave; and most of all in friendship. God puts people in our lives for a reason and we feel blessed to have been a link in Kathleen’s beautiful and blessed life and family. Prayers for peace and comfort. The Blackford family.

  • So sorry for your loss. Kathleen was loved by many and will be sadly missed. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this time.
    John 14:27
    Philippians 4:1
    Philippians 4:7
    from the Living Bible

  • Your family is in our thoughts & prayers! All through the years, Kathleen was always very friendly when you saw her and always asked about the family.
    Sincerely – Bill & Jan Mast

  • To My classmate and friend, Marla Schonauer and her family,

    I’m sorry for your loss. Your family is woven into the fond memories I have for Fredericktown, the class of ’72, and all of the other great friends I had there. I would come for your visitation but am caught out of the country at this time. My thoughts are with you.

    Jesse Ramey

  • One of the sweetest memories of Kathleen was on a Sunday morning. She and Max sat directly behind us in church. Max had said to Kathleen that he was having trouble with his hearing aid and he was trying to adjust it a little. He told her to say something to him and without hesitation she said ” I love you”. Even though it was between just the two of them I was blessed just to hear those words between them, ” I love you.” Please know that we are sorry to know of her passing, and also know that your family is in our prayers.
    Gary and Naspa Stevens

  • We are truly sorry to hear of your recent loss of your loved one. We extend our sincere sympathy to all of you at what we know is a very sad and mournful time.

    Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you. May you find comfort in the outpouring of sympathy from all of us who share your loss.

  • I will always remember Kathleen picking up our kids and taking them to Bible School when we lived on Mill Street. She was a beautiful lady, inside and out and she is now being serenaded by angels. Prayers of comfort for the Schonauer family.

  • Dear Schonauer Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Kathleen..our families have been friends for many years and I treasure every moment and every memory. Max and Kathleen have always been so very kind, loving and generous to me. May our Lord give you all much comfort and peace as He carries you through these coming days.
    Love, Mary (Carter) Davis

  • Arlin Schonauer, Pamila Schonauer and Marlene (Schonauer) Yarger …wish to extend our condolences to our family of Schonauer’s who have lost their precious mother, Kathleen. We have fond memories of events and picnics with Max , Kathleen and all the family members. Arlin, Pamila and I were just kids but can remember the fun
    times and the sweetness that Max and Kathleen displayed between themselves and with their children and all the family. For sure there first priority was their family.
    Very precious indeed. She will be missed by all those who loved her. Prayers for Max as he recovers from surgery.

    • Marlene and Gene, good to hear from you. Thank you for your condolences. If you get up our way, please stop in. We did get to visit with your brother a few months ago. We had a good time over dinner in Loudonville.

  • May God give you comfort, wipe away your tears and heal your sadness. Each day you think and remember her let there be a smile on your face and many laughs as you continue to gather as a family because she will be with you always and forever.
    Deepest sympathy,
    Carrie (Garver) Stewart & Family

  • Ash, Max, Julie, and family,
    We are so sorry for your huge loss. Kathleen was blessed with 86 wonderful years – the same as my Dad – and you had many years of great memories with her. I hope these will be of comfort to you in the years ahead. How awesome to be a Christian and have the faith and peace at the end of life on this earth knowing that we will see them again. May the love of your family be of comfort to you all during this most difficult time. Already going down this road, we truly understand what you are going through. You all are in our thoughts.
    Hugs and prayers,
    Brad and Linda

  • Paula and Julie & family; my thoughts & prayers are with all of you with the passing of your mom. Your dad & mom raised a beautiful family. She leaving you with precious memories to cherish. Love, Jan Lashley

  • I’m struggling here to find the right words to express the deep love and compassion I am Feeling for Kathleens’ beloved family. The ties and bond has been long and lasting.The happy memories of times shared always remembered , bringing smiles.Regrets too, that the busyness of life kept us from spending more time together.My prayers are with the entire family at this time and for Maxs’ healing . I know their strong faith will see them through and knowing Kathleen is finally pain free and in the arms of angels will be their solace. May God be wit them always. WE will meet again, Kathleen.

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Kathleen was a beautiful lady inside & out. She was always gracious & kind. May you find peace & comfort in knowing she is free of pain with our Lord. Your family is in our thoughts & prayers.

  • To the great big beautiful family to many to write names but We are sorry for your loss of a very dear soul. May your hearts be filled with the good times and the thought that you will meet again. I know that it is hard to lose a love one but she is in peace and no more pain. Pray for you all till you meet again.

  • We are so very sorry for your deep loss. She was so sweet and lovely even when she may have been concerned about a family member. She loved her family deeply and with her all. Max and her were perfectly matched together and always wished others the best. We will miss her…a beautiful lady!
    Our prayers are with you, Max & family.
    Most Sincerely,
    Brian & Rae Jesn Zollars

  • To Max, children, grandchildren, and other family members. There are no words left to say that haven’t already been written here about Kathleen. Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you and pray that the memories and love that Kathleen gave you will give you comfort until you join her in heaven. May the Lord hold you in his arms and send the comfort you need in the days ahead! Will always remember her smile when seeing her in town.

  • Dear Kathleen’s Family, you have been in our thoughts and prayers and will continue
    to be. I wish we could be there to celebrate her wonderful life. You all have special memories to hold close and give you comfort. Nothing, not even death, can take those away.
    Hugs and prayers,
    Chris and Dick Well

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Kathleen was a very special person. She will be missed by
    her family and friends. I will keep the Schonauer family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Max and family members, so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow. What a wonderful family and have enjoyed some of it with ones, God bless you.

  • So sorry for your loss. Sending tons of prayers and hugs to each and everyone of you.
    God bless you all.

  • Praying for all the family to feel The Lords comforting arms at this difficult time. Stay strong as a family and keep her legacy going.
    The Shaffer’s-
    David and Diana

  • Dear Max and Family,
    When Shawn and I heard the news about Kathleen, we were so sorry for her and for all of you. My thoughts, however, immediately went to some memories of my childhood, when I would be invited to your home and farm. Kathleen was always so good to me, making me feel welcome and comfortable. I remember her allowing me to mow her yard to make some extra money. Such a generous soul. I couldn’t ask any more from an aunt. Her marriage and family gave me a model for a Christian home to follow and was genuine inspiration to me and I’m sure everyone she knew. I know you will all miss her greatly. I pray that God gives you overwhelming grace and peace during this difficult time. Another saint for heaven to enjoy has gone home.
    With all my love,
    Jim Heaton

  • To Max and family: I am sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. She was one wonderful lady and will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God Bless

  • Sorry for your loss, but happy to know she is gonna love her new home. What a beautiful family and legacy she leaves for the world! Prayers and hugs for all of her wonderful family for peace and comfort in the days ahead. Luv ya

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I have such wonderful memories of time spent at the Schonauer home. Kathleen was a sweet, gracious lady that will be missed. My prayers and condolences to the family.

  • Max and family, we are so sorry for your loss of Katie. She was such a special person and one of my favorite people when I attended Palmyra Church.

    Bob, Dixie and Jamie Garverick

  • To Max and family, We are so sorry to learn of Kathleen’s passing. Our family will always have special memories of her. Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Much Love Marilyn and Mike Lamb

  • To the Schonauer Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of great loss. God will give you
    all strengthen to get you through this, knowing that she is with our Lord.

    With sincere sympathy, Dave and Brenda Barkschat

  • Dear Max,

    Sorry to hear about Kathleen. Wish we could come down. I am in a wheelchair and my wife can’t drive that far because of medical issues.

    Cousin Jeff and Lisbeth Spayde.

  • Dear Max and all of my cousins in the Schonauer family:

    I’m so sorry to hear that Kathleen has passed but so grateful knowing she is now with God and all of her family who passed before her, including my dad, Russell Miller.

    My deepest sympathy goes out to her entire family. She will be missed.

    With Love,


  • I am heartbroken with the loss of my dear cousin. Throughout my life,I have many wonderful memories of this beautiful lady who was so special to me. kathleen was a role model for her family,and all who knew her.She could light a room by just being in it.I will miss her laughter,and our long talks on the phone.You will remain in my heart forever Kathleen.
    Love to Max and family during this very sad time.
    Janie Collins

    • I know she loved you very much Janie. She smiled when you called the last time, even though she had difficulty telling you, I know she heard every word you told her. She talked of you ofen, and she loved you too! She said you had some great laughs.

  • Keeping all the family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time . Time heals but precious memories live on in our hearts . Katie was such a beautiful woman inside as well as on the outside. Hugs to the whole family.

  • Oh what a beautiful lady. So sorry to all your family Max and children. Katie was such a wonderful lady. You all were such an inspiration to so many. I always looked at each one of you with great admiration. Katie will certainly be missed. I hope God gives you lots of comfor. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dear Schonauer family;
    May God’s wonderful grace and deep abiding peace, surround and comfort you as you walk through this week and year.May her memory and legacy bring joy to your heart even through the tears!
    Our sincere sympathy to the entire family.
    Ed and Nora Frazee


    We send our deepest sympathy to you in the passing of your LOVED ONE KATHLEEN!

  • Marla and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My Condolences to the Schonauer Family. What a great inspiration family for the community. Kathleen will be missed.
    Bill Barga

  • Heartfelt sympathies for your family from the very depths of our hearts! We are so very sorry to hear of your loss.
    The Curry Family

  • Dear Max and family
    Our deepest sympathies for your loss. May your warm memories carry your sorrow.
    Dallas and Deanna Shira-Tackett

  • I condole with you and celebrate with you that she lived life filled with God’s love and care.

  • Max & Family,

    Sending thoughts & prayers to the Schonauer family. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. May you find some comfort by the outpouring of love surrounding you. I am honored and blessed to know this beautiful family.

  • Max and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    John Yoder and family

  • Dear Max, Jim, Debbie, Marla, Paula, Julie, Mary and your families, My Deepest Sympathy and Prayers, my heart goes out to you all at this sad time. May God Bless you every day and keep you in his care. I Will always remember Kathleen as a Beautiful, Sweet, Caring lady to all she meant. The most Wonderful Wife and Mother. SPECIAL best describes her….I am so sorry I am living so far away to give you all HUGS. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs and Love, Connie Lee

  • Max and Family, So sorry to hear of Kathleen’s passing. She was a wonderful lady
    with a wonderful smile. May your memories bring you comfort.

  • Max and Family, So very sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, The Whatman Family
    Chuck & Charlot Whatman
    Tim & Janet Whatman
    Tom Whatman
    Derek & Megan Whatman