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Daniel Louis Schnitzler

January 5, 2021 | 9 comments

Daniel Louis Schnitzler, 62, of West Salem, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2021 at Mayo Hospital in La Crosse.

He was born on February 11, 1958 to Ron and Barbara Schnitzler in Sparta, Wisconsin. He was married to Teresa Gerke from 1981-2005. He then started dating his special partner, Sharon Lichthardt, in 2005 and continued to share his life with her until 2021 when he passed away.

Daniel had many interests and hobbies, which included: painting and art crafts, gardening, fishing, cooking, family gatherings, hunting, watching NASCAR racing, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. He enjoyed collecting rare coins, and loved all animals.

Daniel is survived by his special partner Sharon Lichthardt, of West Salem; his daughter Melissa Bakkestuen (boyfriend Jeremy Kendhammer) of Galesville; son Matthew Schnitzler (girlfriend Mariah Novy) of Sparta; brothers Aron Schnitzler (Julie) of Sparta and Cedric Schnitzler (Rachel) of Sparta; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ron and Barbara Schnitzler or Sparta; grandparents Bernard and Alice Pearson; and grandparents Louis and Pearl Schnitzler.

A private family service will take place on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 2pm at New Life Assembly of God in Sparta, WI.

A Celebration of Life to follow in June at the family farm.

Daniel will truly be missed and never forgotten.



  1. Penny Krauss

    Thinking of you Missy and Matt. Take care of each other. Larry and I love you lots. ♥

  2. Teresa DeLong

    We had some great times, Dan, and I’ll never forget the memories I have with you. With you, we raised some pretty awesome children, and you’ll always be part of our lives. Sharon, you’ve been a God-sent to Dan, and my heart hurts for you. Missy and Matthew, cherish your memories of your dad, and know he is always with you in your heart. Be good to each other, love each other. Love you all.

    • Karen Koehler

      I am so truly sorry for you and your family’s loss. Know that my thoughts are with you as they are for Dan’s family also.
      Prayers and hugs

  3. Teresa (Haas) Brohmer

    So very sorry to hear this sad news. My sincere condolences to Dan’s family. He was always nice and a good classmate with a sense of humor followed with a smile.

  4. Merry (Nauman) Kuderer

    Hugs and prayers to all of Dan’s family. Sad to hear of his passing. He was always smiling and happy in school. Great classmate. Cherish the memories and he will always be with you!!

  5. Julie Tadke

    My sympathies to all of the families. Dan was a great guy and wonderful classmaye!

  6. Connie Breier

    Sharon, Matt, and Missy…..I am thinking of you and keeping your family in my prayers. Dan was a very special man, with a big and generous heart. He was a good neighbor, but more than that…a friend. Our conversations across the fence were always lively and interesting! He will be sadly missed, but remembered with a smile.

  7. Karen Pieper (Sharp)

    Many Prayers for all Dan’s family and friends. I remember laughing and joking around on the school bus. Dan a kind soul and friend. God Bless.

  8. Marlene Raymer

    Sharon, Matt, Missy…you have my deepest sympathy. Dan was so much fun to work with and later on work for at Lakeview furniture. It was a job I wished would have never ended. It was more like a family, Dan more like a brother than a boss. I’ll always fondly remember our “working”days. To all the family and friends stay safe and healthy and keep him in your hearts.


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