Donald Sylvester Schanz
Donald Sylvester Schanz
  • May 6, 1946 - October 16, 2017
  • Mascoutah, Illinois

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Donald S. "Donnie" Schanz, 71, of Mascoutah, Illinois, born May 6, 1946, in Mascoutah, Illinois, passed away, Monday, October 16, 2017 in Belleville, Illinois.

Donnie worked as a truck driver and did body repair on automobiles. He was a past member of the Mascoutah Sportsman's Club. He was a food connoisseur and enjoyed barbequing. He loved spending time with friends and never met a stranger. He was always ready to lend a hand and help friends and family in need. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gail Schanz, nee Ellis; his parents, Sylvester H. and Dolores, nee Valkamp, Schanz; a sister, Carol Bell, a son-in-law, Robert "Bob" Cunningham, and a brother-in-law, Roger Scroggins.

Surviving are his loving wife of 15 years, Christine Schanz, of Mascoutah, Illinois; his children, Sandra J. (Bill) Cunningham-Teal, of O'Fallon, Illinois, Kenneth (Sonia) Schanz, of Bethalto, Illinois, and Joseph E. Schanz, of Mascoutah, Illinois; his grandchildren, Shannon (Cody) Southerland, Matthew Schanz, and Donna Schanz; his three great grandchildren, Danielle Knoche, Harkryder "Ryder" Southerland, and Dustin Schanz; his siblings, Paul (Cindy) Schanz, Sylvia (Joe) Seper, Charlie (Sue) Schanz, Debbie Scroggins, Richard (Cindy) Schanz, Jan (Gary) Gould, Nancy Barker, Barbie (Mark) Potts, and Mark (Patti) Schanz; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the American Heart Association. Condolences may also be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Mascoutah City Cemetery, Mascoutah, Illinois.