Schnese, Jerome H. "Schnez" "Doc"
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Jerome H. Schnese passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Jerome was born on April 12, 1936 in the Appleton home of his parents Howard and Irene (Urban) Schnese. He was a 1955 graduate of Appleton High School. On September 28, 1957, he married Susan McDonnell at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Menasha. As a young man "Schnez" worked days as a service station mechanic at Verrier-Schmit Sinclair. He worked nights at the Pizza Palace, starting in 1955 when Frank Pierri first opened "the joint". In 1965 Jerome went to work at Miller Electric. He spent 32 years there, retiring in 1997. From the 50's on, "Schnez" had a reputation as a speed mechanic. Doc was involved in stock car racing, starting at Apple Creek Speedway with cars driven by J.J.Smith. He progressed to late model stocks at WIR, building and maintaining cars for Al Piette and Gene Wheeler including the Camaro which Jim Sauter drove to a track championship in 1981.
Upon his retirement from Miller Electric, "Doc" became the neighborhood fix-it man. From leaf blowers to mortar mixers, if it had an engine, "Doc" could make it purr. He was also a green thumb gardener and awesome woodworker, crafting many pieces of fine furniture.
Jerome is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Susan; his sons, Jerry, Menasha, and Michael (Julia), Menasha; a granddaughter, Dylan; sister, Patricia Moler, of Springfield WV; niece, Tamy (Rick) De Leon, Waimanalo, HI; two nephews; Terry (Kelly) Schnese, and Tad (Judy) Schnese, both of Anchorage, AK. He is further survived by sister-in-law, Pat (Bill) Kernen, of Neenah; two brothers-in-law, Bob (Becky) Mc Donnell, Laguna Beach, CA and Jake (Camilla) McDonnell, Fullerton, CA; as well as other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his older brother Cal; Cal's wife Rosie; and a niece, Karen.
A celebration of Jerome's life will be held on Monday November 4, 2013 at VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, from 3:00 until 5:00 PM
Jerry will be greatly missed by his many friends. He would ask that they raise a glass in memory of "Schnez" and the good times. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
A special Thank You to Affinity Visiting Nurses Hospice for the TLC they provided Jerry during his final days, especially his nurses, Phil, Kristen and Gina.
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St. Appleton, WI 54911
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 2013