Fay C. Schitzler

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September 22, 1942 - July 21, 2023


Fay Christian Schnitzler age 80, of Bagley, WI, passed away at home on July 21, 2023, with his family by his side. 

Born on September 22, 1942, in Chadwick, IL, Fay was the son of Christian and Retha (Cathman) Schnitzler. He lived the first five years of his life in Illinois before his parents bought a farm near Bagley, close to his maternal grandparents William and Bridie (Bohringer) Cathman. Fay was educated at The Key and Brodtville schools. 

Fay met the love of his life Raleen McCartney, and they married on January 23, 1971, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley. He was a lifelong member of the Zion Church where he served as a council member. Fay raised four sons on the same farm he grew up on. He was proud of the accomplishments of his sons and his grandchildren.

Along with his family and friends, Fay enjoyed jokes, conversations about farming or tractors and the Ballad of Jed Clampett.

Fay is survived by his wife of 52 years, Raleen Schnitzler, four sons: Fay (Tinker) Schnitzler and former daughter-in-law Marjory, John (Lynette Eberling), Jed (Amanda), and Tom (Jessica Kann), grandchildren: Katelyn, Clara, Breanna, Zach, Victoria, Kayli, Alyesia, and Ashton Schnitzler, Annaka and Aliyah Mcarthur, Keegan Eberling, and Cayden Koehn, sister LaVonne Clanton, brother Lindy (Linda) Schnitzler, brothers-in-law: Harry and Vernon (Tammy) McCartney, sisters-in-law: Laurayne (Lonny) Fischer, Jolinda (Bob) Waterman, Norma (Kevin) Weideman, Ruth (David) Nuebert, and Susan McCartney, and numerous nieces and nephews. Fay was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and brother-in-law: June and Ron Sutton, brother-in-law: Gary Clanton, sister-in-law: Susan (Huser) McCartney, Raleens parents: Vernon and Leona McCartney, his grandparents: Jacob and Barbara (Wurster) Schnitzler and William and Birdie (Bohringer) Cathman.

Funeral Services will be Friday July 28, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley, WI, with Pastor Pam Strakeljahn officiating, burial in Blakes Prairie Cemetery, Bloomington, WI. 

Friends may call at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, WI, Thursday July 27, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. The family would like to thank Crossing Rivers Health Palliative Care and Hospice team for the excellent care, support, and treatment given to Fay, also the Gundersen Health System and Dr. Boisvert for the years of caring and services. www.garrityfuneralhome.com

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