John Schoonmaker

John L. ""Bear"" Schoonmaker

Wednesday, March 29th, 1950 - Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
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John L. Schoonmaker, 70, of Poughkeepsie, NY passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Wingate at Ulster. Born March 29, 1950 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of the late Walter and Florence Perkins Schoonmaker. John was a 1968 graduate of Poughkeepsie High School where he played all sports. He also earned his A.A.S. from Dutchess Community College. On December 31, 1995 he married Louisemary Witcher in Poughkeepsie and she survives at home. John had worked for UPS as a driver for 30 years, retiring in 2003. He was a member of the Pirate Canoe Club where he was known at "the best ticket man" and he was a bartender for years at McCauley's. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was also a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan and loved his dogs and cars. John is survived by his wife, Louisemary, his sons Michael (Amber) Schoonmaker of Wappingers Falls and Brian (Amy) Schoonmaker of Poughkeepsie. He is also survived by his brother Tom (Susan) Schoonmaker of Highland, his sister-in-law Jennifer (Jim) Ranucci, his granddaughter and princess Mickayla, as well as his former wife and mother of his children Karen Schoonmaker of Poughkeepsie. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 4:00-7:00pm at the William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. The Funeral Service will be Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 10:00am in the Funeral Home and burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the SPCA in John's name. To send online condolences please visit our website at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    371 Hooker Ave.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 10:00am
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    371 Hooker Ave.
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  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    62 LaGrange Avenue
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Stuart Feinstein

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Posted at 11:58am
So many great memories! The championship football and baseball teams. The horseshoe tournaments. Spending Friday and Saturday nights ( in our younger days ) out on the town. All the great times working at McAuley's. The list goes on and on.
Rest in Peace my good friend and teammate!! Gary Thitchener

Catherine Poluzzi

Posted at 07:06pm
I went to PHS with John , we graduated together. He was always caring and fun to be with. May he rest in peace. Cathy Poluzzi

Daniel Cwik

Posted at 05:16pm
So sorry to hear about Bear. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Best regards,
Dan and Jean Cwik

Melissa Ranucci Soll

Posted at 01:32pm
During my high school years, living with Dad and Jennifer Ranucci, (1993-1997) we spent a wonderful amount of time with Uncle John, Aunt Louisa, Mikey, and Brian. Pizza nights, holidays, movies, football, the usual family stuff. I send so much love and care and warmth and my sincerest condolences to Aunt Louisa, Mikey, Brian, Jennifer and all of those who are grieving this tremendous loss.

With love,
Melissa Ranucci Soll (and Adam, Zoe, and Eli)

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