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William Schnitzen Jr. (1920 - 2012)

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William F. Schnitzen, Jr.

Des Moines

William "Bill" Schnitzen, Jr., 91, died Friday, February 17, 2012, after a long illness. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 20, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Des Moines. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Bill was born October 14, 1920 in Des Moines to William F. Schnitzen, Sr. and Mary (Eglsaer) Schnitzen. He was a graduate of Dowling High School and Creighton University. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Bill served in Europe during World War II as a supply clerk and radio operator. He married Gertrude Daly in 1947; their marriage lasted for 56 years until her death in 2004. Bill and Gertrude were long time active members of Holy Trinity Parish.

Bill had a long career with Diamond Laboratories (later known as Syntex Animal Health), where he worked as Office Manager and then as Credit Manager. His retirement in 1985 gave him more time for volunteer work; he shared his business expertise and countless hours of his time with the St. Vincent dePaul Society.

He is survived by his children, Linda Schnitzen of Richfield, MN, James Schnitzen of Berkeley, CA, and Margaret (Dave) Weiler, Ann (Sheldon Johnson) Daly and Jeanne Schnitzen, all of St. Paul, MN; two grandchildren, Arielle Weiler of Minneapolis, MN, and Ruth Weiler of St. Paul, MN; and many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude; and sisters, Dorothy Schnitzen and Mary Lou Baird.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, at Iles Funeral Homes, Westover Chapel in Des Moines, where a parish rosary service will begin at 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Vincent DePaul Society or Holy Trinity Foundation.


Published in Des Moines Register from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2012
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