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Walter “Jack” Schoen

February 20, 2019 | 7 comments

Walter “Jack” Schoen passed away February 18, 2019. He was born to John and Lillian Schoen on June 10, 1935, and married Sharon Marcou in 1963. He graduated from Aquinas High School, served in the U.S Air Force during the Korean Conflict, and graduated from Wisconsin State College with a Bachelors in History and Political Science.  He held a variety of positions but especially enjoyed work in nursing home administration. He is survived by wife Sharon; son’s Steve and Joe, daughters Lynda, Nancy and Vicki and their spouses; 13 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; brother Richard, and sister Barbara; several brothers and sisters-in-law; and many well loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter Karen, his parents, 5 brothers, and 4 sisters. Wally and family are grateful for the wonderful care from the doctors and nurses at Gunderson’s Radiology and Oncology Clinics and Medical Oncology Unit. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Parish Onalaska, Wi are appreciated.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1031 Main Street, Onalaska. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. He will be laid to rest at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, La Crosse. Coulee Region Cremation Group, Onalaska has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.couleecremation.com.



  1. Jane Barum

    Blaire and I send our love. We won’t be able to make the trip up but know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Uncle Jack was one of a kind and I will miss our “discussions” on politics and religion. God’s blessings- Jane

  2. Lavonia McCarty, neice

    “You do not need to be Perfect to be Amazing”.
    Uncle Wal-Jack may not have been perfect, but he was Amazing. He had a varied and enthralling life, but nothing meant more to him than Sharon & his children. I think he learned that from his Dad, John Joseph Schoen.
    I thank Uncle Jack for being an example to me. I know I would not have pursued a higher education if not for his example. He did not participate in the same interests as his brothers (hunting, fishing, racing cars–at least not to the same degree that they did), but he chose his own way. Political Science, history, debating with his college professors, cooking & learning Grandma’s recipes, being an orderly at Lutheran Hospital (where he met this CUTE young nurse, Sharon Marcou, who appreciated his sense of humor).

    Military service; Uncle Larry was drafted into the US Army, Uncles Fran, Jerry, Richard, Russell & Gregory went into the US NAVY. Uncle Jack went into the US Airforce and served on bleak, icey, dark continent of Iceland.
    Not perfect, but Amazing.
    Not conformed, but Unique.
    Sometimes abrasive, but always well meaning.
    Loving, concerned…LOVED.
    My heart goes out to his immediate family.

  3. Susan Shaw

    My heart goes out to all. So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers .

  4. sandra jean slover

    So sorry for you lost .he was great boss when working with him at Kewanee care

  5. Michael Ostrowski

    Sorry to hear about Wally’s passing. Always remember his jokes and the fun we had with him when he was working playground duty at Visitation.


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Anna Merow, Tim and Dena O’Keefe and boys.

    • Dennis Harrington

      Nancy & family, very sorry for your loss. Sincerely Dennis Harrington

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