Rosemary “Toni” Schacht, 89
May 10, 1926 — Nov. 29, 2015

Rosemary “Toni” Schacht, 89 Rosemary “Toni” Schacht passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, surrounded by her children. Toni was born May 10, 1926, in Milwaukee. She graduated from West Bend High School in 1944 and continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1947. Toni earned a second undergraduate degree in education, teaching at Silverbrook Middle School and Fair Park Elementary School.

Toni and Robert Howard Schacht, DDS, were united in marriage Oct. 4, 1947, enjoying 44 years together before Bob preceded her in death in 1992. Toni married Tom Sonnenberg in 1995, who also preceded her in death.

Toni and Bob raised three children in West Bend, Stephen (Priscilla) Schacht, DDS, of West Bend, Claudia (Michael) Gerner of Middleton and Jeanne Vander Ploeg of Middleton. Toni is further survived by 12 grandchildren, Andrew (Trish) Schacht of Naperville, Illinois, Matthew (Ellie) Schacht, DDS, of Denver, Katharine (Timothy) Hannigan of Minneapolis, Samantha Schacht of Madison, Robert Schacht of Milwaukee, Jennifer (Daniel) Kuehn of Madison, Heidi (Aaron) Bowe of Madison, Bridget (Christopher) Lucas, PNP, of Denver, Theodore Schacht Gerner of Chicago, Sarah (Nico) Beck of McLean, Virginia, Kate (Scott) McCracken of East Palo Alto, California, and Anne Vander Ploeg of San Francisco. Toni has nine great-grandchildren, Anna and Emily Schacht, Andrew and Madeline Hannigan, Frances and Harriet Kuehn, Henry Bowe, Charles Lucas and Oscar Beck.

Toni valued education above all things. She instilled into her children that once an education was earned, no one could ever take it away from you. She told us, “If you educate a mother, you educate a family.”

Toni’s Hungarian heritage was a great source of pride. She loved being a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority while in Madison. Toni loved to research, plan and travel to almost every country and continent in the world. Toni was an expert seamstress with an elegant sense of style in both her dress and in her home decor. Toni was an avid collector of many interests, including turtles, Christmas plates, books on every subject imaginable, National Geographic magazines, Vogue sewing patterns, glassware, dinnerware and figurines.

Toni was a Pink Lady volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital as well as a volunteer at the former West Bend Gallery of Fine Art. Toni played in several bridge groups. She enjoyed playing with the 18 Hole Ladies at the West Bend Country Club.

Mom introduced her children to many life sports, including golf, sailing and water sports, downhill skiing and daily walking for exercise. Mom was an innovative and creative thinker, always learning with her never-ending curiosity of adventure.

A visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church (1025 S. Seventh Ave.), beginning at 11 a.m., with a memorial Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 1 p.m. A luncheon reception will follow in the parish hall.

In Rosemary’s memory, the family requests memorial gifts to be made to the Columns Scholarship Foundation, joining the memorial established in our father’s memory 23 years ago for a student pursuing studies in the field of dentistry.

Many thanks to the staff and caregivers at Betty’s Harbor and the Lighthouse.

Toni always wanted to do the right and honest thing. She had a wonderful sense of humor, was clever and charming. Her insight, her curiosity and her contagious, spontaneous spirit made her a really fun mom and grandmother. She was a leader for her time.

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