Kathleen T. Schonauer
March 14, 1931 ‒ May 04, 2017
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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