Elizabeth Virginia Schonhard, loving mother, passed away peacefully at her home with her family at her side, October 23, 2021 at the age of 86. Elizabeth was born on July 8, 1935 in Jackson, MI to Emil and Marie VanCalbergh. After graduating from St. John’s High School, she attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Lansing, MI, graduating in 1956. For a short while, she then worked as a registered Nurse at Foote Hospital in Jackson. She then took 17 years “off” to raise her five sons. Once the boys were raised, she then took a position at the Jackson County Health Department where she retired in 1997. She then volunteered for many years at St. Luke’s Clinic.
On June 13, 1959 she married David Edwin Schonhard, and they raised their five sons. She has tremendous passion for her family and was the true “matriarch” for the entire group. She was always in the background at thousands of sporting and social events over the years, giving everyone both the support and just what they needed, but most of all, she was just being proud of the moment. She was known for having a tremendous memory and therefore could tell a great story or recite “facts” to the amazement of friends and family alike. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband David and one grandson Jason. She is survived by her five sons; David (Erin), Mark (Denise), Timothy, Michael and Eric (Ann), sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Queen of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, Thursday 11:00 am Father Timothy MacDonald officiating. Private interment St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Watson Funeral Chapel in Jackson, Wednesday October 27, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, with reciting of the Rosary at 7:30pm and at the church Thursday from 10:00 am until the time of the mass.
In lieu of flowers, Elizabeth asked that any donation be directed to St. Luke’s Clinic 132 Seymour Ave., Jackson, MI 49202 or Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice 2150 Kingsbrooke Dr. Jackson, Mi 49202
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Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Home
2150 Kingsbrooke Drive, Jackson MI 49202
St. Luke's Clinic
132 Seymour Avenu, Jackson MI 49202