SCHOENTHIER, Kurt R., of St. Thomas, formerly of New Sarum, passed away peacefully at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in his 97th year. Beloved husband for over 68 years to Erna (nee Gohla) Schoenthier. Loving father of Rainer Schoenthier (Laurie) of St. Thomas, Kathy Dyer (Tim) of Nobel, ON, and Bernie Schoenthier (Trish Moss) of St. Thomas. Cherished grandfather of Marcie Vandenberghe of St. Thomas, Wendy Rego (Steve) of Ingersoll, Trudy Kitchen (Geoff) of Brantford, Kayla Abel (Dan) of St. Thomas, Jesse Dyer of Thunder Bay, Adam Moss of Kitchener, and Jordan Moss of Brantford. Loved great grandfather of Alyssa, Josh, Anthony, Lily, and Reese. Dear brother of Gerda Temple of St. Thomas. Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. A brother, Guenther Schoenthier died in 1944. Born in Gruenhartau, Schlesien, Germany, March 2, 1920, he was the son of the late Herman and Minna (nee Winkler) Schoenthier. Kurt was the retired owner/operator of the New Sarum Auto Body and was also a retired farmer (orchard). He was a founding member of the German Canadian Club, St. Thomas. From 1939-1941, he served with the German Submarine Force, and was a POW in Canada from 1941-1947. Kurt immigrated to Canada in 1951. The funeral service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, June 3rd at 2:00 p.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service. Flowers respectfully declined. Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.
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