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In Memoriam: Maria Schoenberger

Maria Schoenberger. Photo Submitted
In Memoriam: Maria Schoenberger
12:30 am PST February 16, 2017

Maria Schoenberger, a longtime Malibu resident died Feb. 1 at home. She was born in 1937 to Karl and Anna. She grew up in a small village in the southwestern part of Germany close to the Black Forest. Her farming background contributed to her lifelong love of gardening and flowers. As a fun loving teenager she met Klaus and they were later married and shortly after immigrated to the Untied States.

She worked as a cleaning lady while Klaus worked as a machinist. In a few years their entrepreneurial spirit took over and they started a business in tooling and molding. They also started to invest in real estate properties that they would fix up.

She had two children, Lisa and Scott, and participated in helping their education by donating time at the library and local schools. She also enjoyed choir, painting, baking and flying. 

Schoenberger had a great sense of adventure and loved to travel. She would always jump at a chance to be in a small plane or helicopter. With her world travels, her love for her adopted country became stronger and she became a U.S. citizen, of which she was very proud.

Probably the most special thing about Schoenberger is that she loved people. She could not go anywhere without touching people with her infectious laugh and quick smile. She took interest in others and made friends quickly with everyone she met. She also loved to spread joy with her baking. During Christmastime she would bake over 80 Linzer Tortes to pass out to family and friends.    

She is survived by her sisters Margret, Klara, and Agnes as well as her children Lisa (Logan) and Scott (Jennifer), along with grandchildren Sarah and Andrew.

In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Schoenberger’s passion for flying, the family asks for contributions to EAA at Donations should be marked in memory of Maria Schoenberger to make sure the money is used to teach kids to fly.

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