Virgil Schnaare

Virgil Schnaare

Virgil Schnaare, 86, of Forrest, Ill., and formerly of Olmsted, died at 1:33 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, at the Piper City Rehabilitation Center in Piper City.

He was a graduate of Grand Chain Community High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict.   

Mr. Schnaare had retired from the United Airlines in Chicago. He enjoyed mowing lawns and watching church every Sunday on TV. He loved his family.

 He is survived by two daughters, Cassandra (Jody) Willer of Forrest, Ill., and Denise (Ronald) Semmerling of Chatsworth, Ill.; grandchildren Vincent (Abiegail) Willer, Ashley Barton, Ronald (Crystal) Semmerling, Brittany (Timothy Vaclavik) Semmerling, Heather (Chris) Perryman, Keith (Kristan) Semmerling, Wesley Semmerling and Nicholette Semmerling; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Schnaare was preceded in death by his wife, Carmella Loden Schnaare; his parents, Edward and Anna Schwieger Schnaare; a brother, Everett Schnaare; and two sisters, Lena Price and Freda Molter.

Funeral services honoring the life of Mr. Virgil Schnaare will be at noon Friday, Feb. 26, at Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak.  The Rev. Gerell Cain officiate. 

The family will receive friends Friday, from 10 a.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.  

Interment will follow in the Masonic Cemetery in Grand Chain.

Those attending the service are reminded to observe social distancing. The wearing of a face mask or covering is encouraged.

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Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak is in charge of arrangements.

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