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Donald John Schonberg II


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Donald John Schonberg II Obituary
Schonberg, Donald John II
79, of Peoria AZ passed peacefully on January 15, 2016 in the presence of his loving bride, Judy. Don was born December 9, 1936 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Donald John Schonberg and Elizabeth Caroline Peterson. He spent his youth in Omaha, Nebraska where he attended Benson High School ('54) before matriculating to Iowa State University ('59) where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Following two years' service in the United States Navy, Don received his MBA at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Don met his first wife, Theora ("Teek") Kurt of Waterloo, Iowa, at ISU and they were married following graduation. During their 40-year marriage, Don and Teek raised three children: John, Susan and Ann, while Don worked in insurance and financial services. He served on the board and choir of Countryside Community Church and was an active member of Rotary Club of Omaha, Northwest YMCA, and Happy Hollow Country Club. Don spent the first two weeks of every August in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, at both Butternut Point and Black Pine Beach resorts where he enjoyed fishing, golfing and playing cards with his family. Following Teek's death from ovarian cancer, Don remarried in 2001 and began dividing his time between Omaha and Peoria, Arizona with his second wife and lifelong friend, Judy Berry Duffek. Don and Judy eventually became full-time Arizona residents where they enjoyed golf, bridge and making new friends together. Don is survived by his wife, Judy; sister Shirley Crites; children John Schonberg (Maggie), Susan Reutter (Don) and Ann Key (Stephen), and step-children Jodi Fischer (Timothy) and Jill Morris (Richard); 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held in Omaha Nebraska on Saturday April 23rd at 10:00 a.m. at Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE 68114. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinson.org.



Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 22, 2016
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