Mark T. Schoonover
October 28, 2019
On Monday, October 28, 2019, Mark Thomas Schoonover, age 65 passed away surrounded by the love of his family at his home on Island Lake. He died after courageously battling cancer over the last several months.
On January 15, 1954, Mark was born in Eau Claire, WI to Tom and Marilyn Schoonover. The family eventually landed in Cornell which became home to Mark for the next twenty years. Upon graduation from Cornell High School in 1972, he sought employment at the Cornell Paper Mill. In the fall of 1974 Mark became a student at UW - Eau Claire and the following summer he was accepted into AVROC, Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. After graduating with a degree in Geology and Geography, Mark finished his training at Pensacola and was commissioned an A-6 Bombardier Navigator. His next assignment was to be attached to VA - 145 on the Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger which was stationed at Whidbey Island, WA. Mark’s Navy career gave him lasting friendships and incredible experiences that he was deeply proud of. By 1990 he had decided to retire from the Navy and begin a new career working with his father at Hobbs Supply Company in Eau Claire. In 1992, Mark and his father decided to take on a new adventure and the Subway business began.
On August 5, 2005, Mark married Traci Zwiefelhofer and together they raised Abigail and have cherished their 14 years together. Abigail was the twinkle in Mark’s eye and he loved sharing his interests with his family. Along with flying, Mark loved the outdoors. He made many trips hunting grouse, as well as fishing in the remote Canadian wilderness.
Mark was a generous, kind and thoughtful man always willing to give his time and talent to his family, friends and community. Faith was a big part of Mark’s life and that was exemplified by his service to St. Paul’s Catholic Church.
Mark is survived by his wife Traci and his daughter, Abigail; also by his mother, Marilyn of Eau Claire; his sisters, Cheryl of Eau Claire, Jan (Ken) Sharp and children Jenny, Sam and Chloe of Lakewood, WA, Kris (Karen Kilsdonk) of Hartland, WI, Wendy (Chuck) Kessler and children Grace and Sophia of Edina, MN; his in-laws, Marion and James Zwiefelhofer of Bloomer; sister-in-law Tammy (Steve) Niebling and children Michael and Carter of Gilbert, AZ; and his brother-in-law Tom (Michele Eberle) Zwiefelhofer of Chetek, WI.
Mark is preceded in death by his father Tom Schoonover.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, November 4, 2019, at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church, 1210 Main Street, Bloomer, WI 54724, with Father Victor Feltes celebrating the Mass. Burial will immediately follow at St. Paul’s North Catholic Cemetery in Bloomer. Visitation will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona, WI 54720. A Christian vigil service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 12-1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer.
Memorials are preferred to St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer.
Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer is serving the family.
4-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3., 2019, at The Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona, WI 54720. A Christian Vigil Service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Also, one hour prior to mass Monday, Nov 4 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Bloomer.
1 p.m. Monday, November 4, 2019, at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church, 1210 Main Street, Bloomer, WI 54724.
Brent Douglas Floral - (715) 831-0997 - All flowers must be delivered to the Celebration of Life Center in Altoona by 12 p.m. Sunday, Nov 3. PLEASE DO NOT HAVE ANY FLOWERS DELIVERED TO OUR BLOOMER LOCATION.
Bonnie J LaGesse Traci and Abbi so sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace
November 4 at 5:23pm
Eileen Ziesler Along with the Rusk Area Arts Alliance, Tony and I would like extend our sympathies to Mark's family. We have been very fortunate to have benefitted from his kindness both to the Arts Alliance and his help in supporting the beginnings of Toad House in Ladysmith. Tony and Eileen Ziesler
November 3 at 1:09pm
Alfredo Gonzales I served with Schoons in VA-145. Schoons was a superb Naval Fight Officer, but most important he was a great caring human being. He took care of his troops. Rest in peace and fair winds and following seas.
Alfredo "Big Al" Gonzales
November 2 at 4:46pm
Bill "Shoes" Johnston Traci and Abby,
So sorry for your loss. I had the great fortune of being Mark's squadron mate not once but twice, once in 1980 and then again in 1982. While both times were only a few months each, what I'll remember most and never forget were Mark's infectious smile and incredible good nature. The world will be a lesser place without him.
November 2 at 11:02AM
Ed Lindgren Today I received the sad news that Mark passed away early this week. He was a standout guy, a gentleman, and a fine naval officer, who I greatly enjoyed serving with. I was also privileged to have him as my friend. I extend my heartfelt condolences to Traci, Abigail, and all the Schoonover family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks.
November 1 at 7:15PM
Darci Tinsley I met Mark through his sister Jan (and Ken), and also the whole Schoonover family. When you know one, most likely you will know them all...that's how they roll. Mark's sisters teased him quite a bit, and his witty responses and gentle nature took all this in stride and always made me laugh. Mark's gentle and kind nature made it a joy to be around him. No one had to say how much Mark loved his family and friends...you saw it in action. I love the story when Tom was driving the kids and they got hit by a car, sending it rolling . Mark was launched out, and Wendy too. She wasn't hurt a bit, as Mark hugged her so tight he protected her from all harm. Sums up his life for all those he loved, a protector- by nature. We loved him and will miss him. May the Lord comfort your hearts, and give you strength and peace. He is with the Lord now. Love to you all.
November 1 at 4:20PM
Bruce Tinsley I knew Mark for over twenty years. I was lucky enough to have fished with him a number of times in Alaska and off the coat of Washington. He was a true outdoorsman. He would always putting him self last, making sure everyone else was squared away first. His gentleness shined when he was with his father on Tom's last trip made to Alaska. Mark was so patient as he helped him steady to reel in a fish and any other task that had become more difficult for Tom. Everyone he met through his life is a better person having known him. Mark Schoonover was my friend.
November 1 at 3:54PM
Russell "Grover" Palsgrove As we go down the path of our journey through life, we come into contact with a few individuals who leave an indelible mark on our lives. Schoons was such an individual. A man of Integrity, Trustworthiness and Honor.
It was a pleasure have known and served with him. Our Navy and Nation was in good hands. He won't be forgotten. Fair Winds Shipmate, We will miss you.
Russell "Grover" Palsgrove
October 31 at 10:23PM
David Williams Dear Traci and Abby,
We have not met, but I had the privilege of being Mark's skipper in VA-145 on USS RANGER "back in the day". As you know so well, he was a warm and wonderful guy, a great officer and bombardier/navigator. With his personality and smile, he brightened our ready room and our lives. I am most happy to see that he has lived his life with the same great qualities we all so appreciated in him during his Navy days. I wish I could be there on Monday, along with his fellow Swordsmen who will be making the trip. Praying for you the healing hand of time. God bless.
October 30 at 9:48PM
Bobbie Carey I am so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. I worked with him as a Field Consultant in his early days with Subway. He was so kind and easy to work with and I always enjoyed visiting his shops. He will be missed by all of the people he touched. I pray that your memories will help you through this difficult time. God Bless.
October 30 at 9:02PM
Randy Laws Very saddened to hear of Mark's passing! He was my roommate during a 6-month deployment on Saratoga in 1984. Mark was the Navy B/N sent in to help bring our USMC squadron up to speed and help us complete a safe, productive deployment. He certainly did that for us! I certainly remember and appreciate all of the conversations we had over the time he was in the squadron. Great man, and great B/N.
October 30 at 7:16PM
David and Stacy Flagg Schoons and I were RAG instructors together and friends since. Mark was a talented Naval Officer, a skilled Bombardier and an all around fantastic person. The world is smaller without him.
October 30 at 5:51PM
Tim Miskel I served with Schoons in Attack Squadron 145 on USS Ranger around 1982. One of my favorite Officers. Very down to earth, a regular guy. He told me back then that we was planning on getting out and working in his family business (Hardware?). Have thought about him often, wish we were in touch. A fine man. My condolences
October 30 at 4:42PM
John (Budro) Peticolas Jan and I were shocked and saddened at the news of Mark’s passing. It seems like only a short time ago Mark and I walked up to introduce ourselves to Jan at the officers club, while serving with the VA-145 Swordsmen. Calm and competent, Mark was one of the best B/Ns in the squadron and a pleasure to fly with. Our hearts go out to you, Traci, and your family at this sad time.
October 30 at 3:51PM
Roberta Boleng Traci and Abigail,
We are so sorry for your loss. No words can ease the sorrow you are feeling, but I know you are surrounded by people to help you along this rocky path. God bless you both.
October 30 at 3:09PM
RoxAnn Nadeau So sorry for your loss. I went through this myself a few years ago but I had more time with the love of my life before losing the love of my life. If I can help in anyway please let me know. Thought and prayers for your comfort.
October 30 at 2:56PM
Bernie and Char Traci and all --
It's hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing that Mark was a special part of a well - lived life and family.
God is always in your corner at a time like this - and so are we. Deepest Sympathy to you and Abigail at this most difficult time.
October 30 at 2:35PM
Keith and Sue Bergh We want you to know we are praying for all his family. The Mark we knew was a patriot, hard working, happy, and generous man. He lived the American dream, great family, built businesses, knew the freedom of flying the blue skies as a pilot. Now he will soar the skies of heaven....keep wings level...god speed.
October 30 at 6:58AM
Daniel Bach So sorry to hear of Mark's passing. I was a squadron mate of his in VA-145, a fellow Bombardier/Navigator. Always had a smile on his face, would do anything for his friends and was one of the best men I have known. I will miss him dearly.
October 29 at 11:33PM
Tiffini Hostetler Past employer and major influence in my life as far as work ethic and compassion are concerned. Mark had faith in me when no one else did. He was always encouraging and not afraid to jump right in and help. The world lost a good one! No doubt his love and wisdom have been instilled in those close to him. Prayers for peace to all those mourning.
October 29 at 7:07PM
JAMES W TORSETH Nice guy, great hanger neighbor, too soon to fly west. Condolences to family.
October 29 at 6:33PM
Rochelle Traci & Abby,
My heart goes out to you. So sorry to hear this. If you ever need anything just let me know.
October 29 at 5:33PM
Dennis Dvoracek Traci, I was absolutely shocked to hear of Mark's death. He was one of my all-time favorite clients and a wonderful friend. I will always remember the discussions we had about fishing in Canada and hunting grouse and deer in Wisconsin. My sincerest sympathies to you and your daughter. Please know that you are in my prayers.
October 29 at 2:45PM
Eric Nissen Their was never a star that shown brighter,kinder or warmer then Mark. We should always strive to be better people and Mark was our example how to do just that. Peace to family and friends. God bless Mark.
October 29 at 10:43AM
Joe Allison Traci,
Both Julie and I are very sad to hear the news, and our prayers go out to you and your family. Mark was easily my best friend during our time inVA-145, and he was always there for his friends. He had a great sense of humor and truly made our ready room a more relaxed place. Julie remembers the time we were in port in Vancouver BC, and Mark was the duty boat officer when Julie and our new born girl were coming out to visit the ship. He gave her a coat and umbrella against a heavy rain, a gesture that certainly was typical of Mark.
Schoons, you will be missed. Fair winds and following seas my friend.
October 29 at 10:39AM