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Harry Schnell

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CRYSTAL LAKE - Harry Schnell, 91, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at The Fountains at Crystal Lake, after a long battle with various chronic illnesses.

Born and raised in Bayard, Neb., the son of Nicholas and Mary (Pfenning) Schnell, he was a longtime resident of Crystal Lake.

In his early years, he would learn the meaning of hard work, working on the family farm. After graduating from high school, he immediately enrolled in the U.S. Army and achieved the rank of staff sergeant. A decorated World War II veteran, he served tours overseas within the Pacific Theatre, where his service and duty earned him a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

After serving his country, he settled in Crystal Lake and met the love of his life, Virginia "Virg." The two married in February 1950 and remained in union until her passing in 2003. Shortly after their marriage, he opened the Pinemoor Restaurant, which was the first pizza restaurant in McHenry County. He and his wife owned the Pinemoor until 1971 when their son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Ann, took over until the original location burned down in 1982. After retiring from running the Pinemoor, he held various jobs and remained a valued member of the community. He was bailiff within the McHenry County Court system, a member of St. Thomas Church and was on the board of the Crystal Lake American Legion.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt. In his later years, he focused his time and efforts on the lives and activities of his grandchildren. He never missed a graduation, game or event. He might be gone, but he certainly isn't forgotten and never will be. He was from an era when a handshake or his word was a bond, and his friendship was everlasting.

He is survived by his daughter, Donna Gius; son and daughter-in-law; Richard and Ann Trownsell; son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Suzi Trownsell; son, Tom Schnell; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lynn and Richard Frank; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and James Smith; and son, Robert Schnell; his grandchildren, Jason (Magali) Trownsell, Tamara Trownsell, Joshua (Sharon) Trownsell, Lisa (Craig) Klimczak-Trownsell, Janele (Gary) Leece, James (Karyn) Smith, Richard Trownsell, Jeffrey Smith, Ryan Frank, Jeremy Smith, Jorleen (Aaron) Pollack, Virginia Frank, Caitlin Frank, Kendahl Schnell and Ellery Schnell; his great-grandchildren, Gabe, Liam, Brennan, Gabby, Lexi, Eryn, Peyton, Esther and Logan; a brother, William Schnell (wife, Char); and a sister, Louella (husband Paul) Janicki.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; and a grandson, Robert Gius.

The visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The visitation will continue from 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake, until the Mass of Christian burial is celebrated at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Akan Simon will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in Crystal Lake Memorial Park Cemetery, 8012 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake.

Memorials in his name may be made to Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, 410 S. Hager Ave., Barrington, IL 60010-4196.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at davenportfamily.com. For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-3411.
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