Aug. 11, 1959 — July 29, 2015
Monica Schoenfeld was delivered into God’s hands and met by her father, Charles Schoenfeld, on July 29, 2015. She was born on August 11, 1959, in Oconomowoc, to Charles and Judith (Ryan) Schoenfeld. She was a 1977 graduate of Oconomowoc High School. In 1979, Monica had a beautiful son whom she named after her father. Charlie was the light of so many lives, but especially his mother’s. She once said, “It took a village to raise Charlie and I thank God for my family and friends.” Monica was a wonderful mother and she loved Charlie with every fiber of her being. She understood that parenthood was both a tremendous gift and an enormous responsibility.
In 2002, Monica made the decision to follow one of her many dreams and she returned to college. She attended Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and graduated in 2006 with a liberal arts degree. Monica committed herself to achieving her degree the same way as she approached life and parenthood. She knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but she was determined to succeed. And succeed she did. There is no doubt that Monica found a home at Holy Cross and her experiences there completely changed her life.
The lights that lit Monica’s heart in the last few years were her grandsons, Charlie and Noah Schoenfeld. She talked about the love you have for your child, but said that when her grandsons were born, it was like winning the lottery again. She treasured every phone call, hug, and aspect of being their “Nanna,” and their lives will be forever blessed, knowing that she loved them more than life itself.
Monica is survived by her son, Charles Schoenfeld; her grandsons, Charlie and Noah Schoenfeld; her mother, Judith (Ryan) Schoenfeld, all of Dallas, Texas; her sister Jennifer (Kevin) Kirkpatrick of Oconomowoc; her brother, Steve (Bev) Schoenfeld and their sons Zachary, Zane and Zeth (Zipper) all of Otis, Colorado. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Although not related by blood, she considered her loyal and devoted friends and the members of her faith community at Whitestone Community Church as members of her family also.
A celebration of life service will be held for Monica on Friday, August 5, at Whitestone Community Church, 2517 N. Dousman Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066. Monica was always most comfortable in her pajamas, so feel free to dress casually. There will be time set aside after the short service for fellowship.
Memorials in her honor can be made to the Lake Area Free Clinic in Oconomowoc or Whitestone Community Church.