Donald M. Schnell of Waukesha passed away on Wednesday, December 1, 2016, at the age of 71, from complications of Parkinsonís disease. He was born on June 27, 1945, the son of Charles and Mildred Schnell. Donald married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Joy Hoffmann, on February 24, 1968. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded numerous medals. Donald enjoyed collecting coins, model trains, watching Western films, and listening to country music. Most of all, Donald loved spending time with his family.
Donald will be deeply missed by his wife of 48 years, Joy; children, Dawn (Bob) Hood, Doug (Darci) Schnell, and Patti (Chad) Dibb; grandchildren, Brett, Hannah and Colt. He is further survived by his mother-in-law, Charlotte Hoffmann; sister-in-law, Beverly Schnell; brother-in-law, Tom (Sue) Hoffmann; and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arnold and Clifford Schnell; and father-inlaw, Walter Hoffmann.
The visitation for Donald will take place on Tuesday, December 6, from 5 p.m. until the time of the 7 p.m. funeral service at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188. Entombment will take place on Wednesday, December 7, at 10 a.m. with military honors at Wisconsin Memorial Park, 13235 W Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI 53005.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Milwaukee VA, Attn: Volunteer Services, 5000 W. National Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53295.
Donaldís family would like to specially thank everyone who cared for Donald at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Union Grove VA, and the Vets Club.
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