Mary Schoenknecht

Mary C. Schoenknecht (Cwalina)

Saturday, February 2nd, 1924 - Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
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Mary C. Schoenknecht age 96 of Bridgeport, loving wife of 53 years to the late Emil Schoenknecht passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Born in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Leokadia Cwalina. Mary worked for the City of Bridgeport Board of Education for years, she was a go-getter and problem solver who knew how to get things done. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Michael the Archangel Church, and a member of the Citizens Police Academy in Bridgeport and the Women’s Red Hat Society.

Mary loved to throw parties, loved to dance, and loved to be surrounded by friends and family. She was creative, generous, engaging and not afraid to share her opinions.

Mary leaves behind her daughter Paula S. Kotarba and granddaughter Alexandra Kotarba. She loved them dearly. Mary enjoyed the unflagging support and unconditional love of her sisters Ann Rastelli and Judith McDermott, and affection of countless nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Anna for looking after Mary with patience and loving care.

Calling hours will take place on Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 1 to 4pm in the Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St. Bridgeport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 2nd at 10am in St. Michael the Archangel Church Bridgeport followed by interment in Long Hill Burial Grounds, Trumbull. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael the Archangel Church or to the American Heart Association in memory of Mary.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 1st, 2020 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, March 1st, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Commerce Hill Funeral Home
    4798 Main St.
    Bridgeport, Connecticut 06606
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  • Service

    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 10:00am
    St. Michael's Archangel Church
    310 Pulaski Street
    Bridgeport, Connecticut 06608
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    Fr. Stefan Morawski
  • Interment

    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 |
    Monday, March 2nd, 2020
    Long Hill Burial Ground
    53 Middlebrooks Avenue
    Trumbull, Connecticut 06611
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Doreen Dodson

Posted at 06:01pm
Mary (Mrs. S.) taught me how to play Yahtzee and we always had great fun playing it with her sisters when they visited Toronto. She was one of the best household organizers I have ever met and I admired those skills. She also had the best luck with the casinos. Clearly she was a remarkable woman, she lived life to the fullest and I will miss her. All my love Paula, Alex and to the family from Doreen in Toronto Canada

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Posted at 03:40pm
Paula, Alex and the Aunties, please know I am thinking of you this weekend. With love Doreen
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