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Donald J. Schimmoller Obituary
Donald James Schimmoller died peacefully in his sleep on December 20, 2016. Donald aka Don, Son, Husband, Brother, Dad, Pepa, Uncle, Cousin, Friend, and Parishioner was a man who lived his Catholic faith, loved his family and friends, and served his country. He was born in Dayton, Ohio into the waiting arms of his parents Anna and Raymond Schimmoller, sandwiched between his older brother Richard and his younger brother Edward. Don received a Catholic education at the University of Dayton; it was there that, while getting his undergraduate degree, he met "the prettiest woman on campus," Virginia Sachs from Pasadena, CA. Once he saw her, their fate was sealed. They married on July 10, 1954. They had a lifelong partnership of over 62 years and were gifted with the opportunity of "growing up" and growing old together. Don would later go on to receive an MBA from the University of Southern California. Don cherished his Catholic faith first and foremost and was a pillar of the church community. Don attended and was active in St. Philip's parish for over fifty years as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector; he taught Baptism and Marriage Preparation Classes and was the President and Retreat Captain for his beloved Mater Dolorosa Retreat House. After many years in the corporate world, he ended his career as a Church Business Administrator. Wherever and whenever God called, Don answered. He lived his life, as St. Francis of Assisi taught, to "preach the Gospel always; using words when necessary." Don rarely had to use words. Don felt it a privilege to be a father to eight children as he and his wife believed each new life was a great gift. However, eight children were not enough, and Don cherished the role of being a "second dad" in the lives of many of his children's friends. His heart and home were open to all who entered it. Don believed visitors in his home were guests on their first visit and became family upon their next one. Many, many friends passed through the doors of the beloved San Pasqual Street home. As much as he treasured the role of Dad, it was the title of "Pepa" that brought him his greatest joy. He had eleven grandchildren and Colleen and Katie Awad as two unofficial ones. He often shared that if he had known how much fun it was to be a grandparent he would have skipped being a parent altogether. Being an American and living in the United States was something Don never took for granted. He was always grateful for his freedom and his United States Citizenship and served in the Navy for close to five years during the Korean War. Don was a good provider, a faithful husband, loving father, and an example of integrity to his community. He was a gentle, wise, and just man. There are no words to truly capture the essence and life of Don. Our hearts are broken at the loss of Don on earth, but we know heaven is rejoicing at its gain. Thank you God for Don! Special thanks to Fr. Mike Wakefield for his faithfulness in bringing weekly Eucharist to Don and to Don's wonderful caregivers and friends Orlando and Digna, too. Services are as follows: Wednesday Dec 28th, Rosary at 7:00 pm at Cabot and Sons Mortuary, Thursday Dec 29th, Funeral at 10:00 am at St. Philip's He is survived by his wife and best friend, Virginia; brother: Richard (Gay); children: Elizabeth, Julia, John (Sarah), Mary, Katherine (Tim), James (Maureen), and Virginia aka Ginna; and grandchildren: Andrew, Benjamin (Jessica), Edward, Daniel, Mary Beth, Joey, Caroline, Kate, Joseph, Patrick, and Caroline. Predeceased by his son: Donnie; brother: Edward; and parents: Raymond and Anna. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mater Dolorosa Retreat House in Sierra Madre, the Pasadena Convalescent Aid Society, or to Fr. Richard Thiele Redemptorist. Please make checks out to Fr. Thiele and send to Joann Braun 10705 Cherry Hills Dr, Cherry Valley, CA 92223.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 27, 2016
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