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Dr. Francis Joseph Schnugg, M.D.
July 14, 1921-July 1, 2013
Resident of Orinda, CA
Frank Schnugg, born in Hackensack, New Jersey, the son of Joseph and Louise Schnugg, and brother to George Schnugg and Caryl Packer, passed away on July 1, 2013. He met his wife of 65 years, Sev, while attending medical school at the University of Minnesota. He served as a medic in the Navy for 2 years and returned to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN to complete his residency in Anesthesiology. In 1953 they moved the family to California where they raised an amazing family which has grown to 13 children and their spouses, 38 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, all while living in the same home in Orinda for 60+ years.
Frank set a high bar for his many children being a man of faith, community, commitment to country, dedication to excellence and strong family values. His involvement in community aquatic programs in Orinda was extensive. He practiced for over 35 years at Alta Bates and Providence Hospitals, as well as VA Hospitals in Fairfield and Napa, and worked with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals before his final retirement at the age of 70. During his medical career, he held Board positions including Chief of Staff, and President of the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association (ACCMA).
It was always his vision to create a place for his growing family to gather, shares stories, and stay connected, and in 1974, he started his project of love and built a second home at Stinson Beach. For nearly 40 years it has been a sacred and joyful place for numerous family weddings, birthdays, vacations and other celebrations.
Frank was an amazing dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. He is survived by his wife, Sev, and 71 family members. Steve (Cathy Schnugg), Mary Brown (Michael Dues), Peter (Carol Schnugg), Susie (Ray) Taylor, Nancy (Craig) Schlatter, Ann (Mike) Ralph, Jane (Jeff) Allen, Patty (Ted) Trenkwalder, Sarah (Mike) Loughlin, John (Meg) Schnugg, Peggy (Carlos) Steffens, Tom Schnugg, Libby (Dan) Ward, 38 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Private family services will be held in Bolinas and Stinson Beach.

Published in Contra Costa Times on July 6, 2013
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