Albert "Al" Schoenbach

Wednesday, January 9th, 1935 - Sunday, April 19th, 2020
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Albert “Al” Schoenbach, 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at his home in Eau Claire.

A private graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be given to the Christian Reformed Church Scholarship Fund. Those wishing to leave a condolence for Al’s family may do so at

Al was born January 9, 1935 in Chicago to Albert and Margaret (Sieber) Schoenbach. He was a graduate of York Community High School, class of 1954. He went on to graduate from Northern Illinois University in 1959. In 1969, Al moved to Michigan, employed as a teacher, but soon after having his family, he owned and operated Twin Cities Asphalt Paving Company until his retirement in 1997. In 2013, he married Alice (Parker) Meyer and they’ve spent the last seven years together. Al was a very active member of the Christian Reformed Church since 2010. He played a key role in obtaining the famous St. Joseph Carousel as a founding member of the Carousel Society. Those who knew Al will miss him for his warm personality and generosity. He was a natural people person, which shone through with his involvement in Cadets and the church scholarship program.

Al will be missed by his wife, Alice Schoenbach; his children, Maggie (Craig) Ruple, Jeffery Albert Schoenbach, and Kenneth Paul Schoenbach; his grandchildren, Cody (Samantha) Ruple, and Sarah (Andrew) Lyster; five great grandchildren; and his step-children, Janet (Michael) Meyer McKenzie, and Brian (Krista) Meyer.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Dagne; his daughter, Julie Kasmer; two sisters; and his parents.

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    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Christine Knuth

Posted at 12:10pm
I am so saddened to hear of Al's passing. Phil and I always enjoyed the time we spent with Al working on the Silver Beach Carousel project.
Al was a role model for many. He lead by example with his kind and steady manner.
We will miss him.
Rest in peace Al.
Christine and Phil Knuth

John H. Conlin

Posted at 08:47am
So sorry to read of Al's passing, he was a good man and friend. I worked for him previously and he nominated me to the Saint Joseph Township Lions Club when he was acting president. He served this organization for years as an active member in several capacities. I was also introduced to and treated well by all members of the Carousel Society with whom we had enjoyable times that led to lasting memories. I regret that we will be able to give Al a traditional service, but he will be remembered with fondness. Peace to all family members.
John H. Conlin
John H. Conlin

Kathy Blanchard

Posted at 07:28am
Prayers for the family. RIP Al.

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