William F Schnurstein

August 9, 1937 - July 4, 2021
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William “Bill” F Schnurstein, 83 years old, of McHenry, IL passed away on July 4, 2021. Born on August 9, 1937, to Harry and Esther Schnurstein. Married to Janet Knight Schnurstein, until her passing in 1990. Married to Dina Knuth Schnurstein until her passing in 2020. Bill served in the United States Army and thenContinue Reading

Diane Mrock Folkers left a message on July 8, 2021:
July 8, 2021 Dear Family of William Schnurstein: We were saddened to read about the passing of BiIly, as we affectionately called him. We were childhood summer friends and he will always have a special place in our hearts as he was a like a big brother to us. The summer of 1950, when we moved into our cottage, he was the first person of our age we met. I was 10 years old at the time and my brother was 7. His Grandmother Mary and husband Bob Riha owned the summer home directly behind us in the Elliot Subdivision at Powers Lake Wisconsin. Billy was going into eighth grade that year and then on to St. Leo High School, if I remember correctly. His parents, Harry and Esther, became really good friends with my family, especially my parents. We all had many great times together up at Powers Lake. Billy took my brother and me under his wing and taught us how to row a boat and later to operate an outboard motor, and to bait a nightcrawler harness and to fish. He was always there if we just needed to talk. He dated my cousin Joan for a summer or two as her parents also had a summer home on the lake and she was there all summer. We even double dated. I remember going to his parent’s apartment in Forest Park and he came to our home on Normandy in Chicago. He helped me get a job at Zenith the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of college. I worked in the hearing aid division that entire summer but decided to continue with my education and left and he went into the Army. Later, I remember going to a hockey game with him and his Mom and Dad. And that night I distinctly remember that he wanted to tell me something…we were still close and he told me he was going to marry Janet Knight. I remember my reaction to this day of being sad for myself feeling I would lose him as a “brother” but happy for him that he found Janet. Our whole family went to their wedding. We sold the summer home in 1961 but he, Janet, Esther, Harry, Mary and Bob all came to my wedding in 1963. We lost track but met again at Janet’s untimely funeral. Esther was alive at that time and we again reminisced for a long time. Ironically, the wake was at Lauterberg and Oehler Funeral Home in Arlington Heights and my brother and I both live in Arlington Heights. We knew Billy lived in Grayslake and then again lost track. It was sad to read about his passing as my husband and I were just talking about him on July 4 because our friend recently told us he was a hemophiliac and I believe Billy was also. These are memories I wanted to share with you, as I am sure you did not know them. I reminisce fondly of Billy and certainly remember his warmth, charm and caring demeanor. On behalf of my Brother John, we want you to know that we are thinking of your family at this difficult time but may the wonderful memories of Bill as husband , father, and grandfather ease your loss and bring you peace. Please know that you will be in our prayers for God’s care and comfort. With our very deepest sympathy, Diane Mrock Folkers (and my brother: John Mrock)
Tom Schnurstein left a message on July 8, 2021:
I'm so sorry for your loss, I didn't even know Dina passed last year. I'll always remember Bill as my quiet cousin. I enjoyed talking to him the few times we were together, mostly at Schnurstein funerals. I have fond memories of Uncle Harry & Aunt Esther. My Deepest Sympathies to the family! Tom Schnurstein Wheaton, IL
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