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Margaret Therese Schoeneman

August 19, 1928 ~ December 22, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Margaret Schoeneman Obituary

On December 22, 2023, Margaret (Peggy) Schoeneman passed peacefully from this life to join her husband of seventy years, Richard, only 19 days from his death, to reunite with him in heaven. She will be remembered as a strong, hard-working, loving, and committed wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.

Peggy was born Margaret Therese Cooney on August 19, 1928, in Brockton Massachusetts. Her family later moved to Stony Point, New York where she graduated from North Rockland High School in 1945 and then attended secretarial college. She met the love of her life, Captain Richard H. Schoeneman, working as a secretary at West Point, and the two were married in June of 1953 at the West Point Catholic Chapel. Dick and Peggy had four boys (Curt, Paul, John, and James) in their first five years of marriage then 10 years later, two daughters, Kay, and Lisa. In addition to raising six children, often by herself while Dick was away on various assignments, Peggy coordinated frequent moves as Dick’s Air Force career progressed, taking them to Nevada, England, Germany, Washington, Florida, New Mexico, and Hawaii among many other places. When Dick retired after 30 years, they tallied up twenty-one moves in those 30 years of service. Peggy proudly supported Dick and his career and commented numerous times how she loved military life and the excitement associated with each move. Her favorite assignment was to Hickam AFB, Hawaii where she started “Ikebana” (the Japanese art of flower arranging) as well as quilting.

In 1979, Dick and Peggy chose to build their retirement home in Niceville, Florida where they could enjoy boating, fishing, and the beautiful beaches. Some of her favorite times were spent watching her family ski in the bayou behind their house. Peggy kept busy with many hobbies. She had a green thumb and spent countless hours in their yard gardening. She was a talented tailor taking on many challenging projects including curtains, clothing, boat and chair cushions, and doll clothes to name a few. She loved to bake, a skill she learned from her father, a chef, and her specialty was eclairs and cream puffs. In addition to baking, she loved recipes:  constantly copying and cutting out new recipes. Peggy was an excellent bridge player and they enjoyed having friends over for dinner, bridge and always a homemade, fancy dessert. While she never had a career outside home, Peggy was very curious and constantly educating herself about a variety of topics such as health, politics, religion, current events, and plants. She was a proud cheerleader for her family and loved to support her kids and grandkids in every kind of sporting or musical event.

Peggy was a devout Catholic all her life, attending Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church since arriving in Niceville in 1979, and an active member of the Ladies’ Sodality for forty years. She was also a proud supporter of Relay for Life and other cancer research fundraising after having survived colon cancer in 1986.

Margaret is survived by her two sons, John P. Schoeneman (Lori) of Harrisburg, NC, and James S. Schoeneman (Penny) of Niceville, FL, her two daughters, Kay M. Lee (David) of Gainesville, GA, Lisa B. Schoeneman of Niceville, her six grandchildren: Aislinn Cuff (Kevin), John Schoeneman (Haining), Steven Lee, Jacob Lee (Taylor), Owen Piper, Eric Piper and her four great-grandchildren, Kadence Cuff, Ailee Cuff, Ariel Schoeneman, and Eliana Schoeneman.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Major General Richard H. Schoeman, her two oldest sons, Curt M. Schoeneman, Paul J. Schoeneman, and her sister, Elizabeth Moran.

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Funeral Mass
January 2, 2024

10:00 AM
Holy Name Catholic Church (Niceville, Florida)

January 2, 2024

11:30 AM
Sunset Cemetery
211 Sunset Lane
Valparaiso, FL 32580


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