Peter Charles FakJune 28, 1920 ~ February 5, 2018 (age 97)
Peter Charles Fak, 97, entered into rest on Monday, February 5, 2018 in Modesto, CA. Peter was born in Copper City, Michigan to parents Valentine and Antonia Fak on June 28, 1920. He was a 65 year resident of Modesto, CA.
Peter is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Laura Fak; his children, Marilyn (Dean) Wilson, Gerri (Steve) Solano, Rick Fak, Roseann (Randy) Loveland, all of Modesto, CA; his grandchildren, Scott Solano, Stephanie Ensign, Ryan Fak, Craig Solano, Sara Minteer, Erick Fak, Jennifer Wright, Nicole Smith; and his 5 great-grandchildren.
As a WWII Army veteran Peter went into France on D-Day with the third wave of allied forces, picking up some shrapnel and receiving a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. His wartime pen pal, Laura, eventually became his wife. His favorite pastimes were gardening and woodworking. Later in life Peter was a member of the American Legion Post #74 and VFWPost #3199.
Peter's final resting place will be at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Peter's honor to your favorite charity .Virgil Van Schoonhoven was born to Ackley and Ruth (Crawford) Van Schoonhoven on September 24, 1931 in Dorsey, Nebraska. He passed away January 11, 2018 at the age of 86. Virgil moved to Pomona, California with his family when he was 5. While he was in the Air Force he married Joyce (Chase). He served his country honorably at home and in Korea. Virgil moved to Modesto in 1965 to raise his family. His family was his most valued accomplishment.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joyce Van Schoonhoven. His children: Duane Van Schoonhoven of Australia, Howard Van Schoonhoven (Cindy) of Fresno, Ruthie Treichel (Jim) of Modesto and Leanne Mason (Mike) of Modesto. His grandchildren: Celeste Fama (Kevin), Matthew Jenkins (Sara), Ryan Jackson, Drew Van Schoonhoven, Joseph Jackson, Phillip Jenkins, Chase Van Schoonhoven (Jennifer), James Van Schoonhoven, Andrew Jenkins, Alicia Van Schoonhoven, Adrian Treichel, Michelle Bauknecht (Austin) and Michael Mason (Amber) and 6 great grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Henrietta Chartier, Esther Alger and Jeanie Morris Wells.
Community service was important to Virgil. He was involved with the Boys Scouts for 9 years including serving as Scoutmaster. When his grandchildren were in elementary school, he would bring his traffic signal to school to teach the kindergarten classes about traffic safety and helped in classrooms and with the PTA. He was known as “grandpa” at Standiford Elementary School for many years. He loved to watch his Grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports. If one of them was playing there was a good chance he would be there watching and cheering.
Virgil was an electrician with the City of Modesto, retiring in 1991. Virgil loved his family and friends; he was always available to help anyone that needed help. He loved to play cards and always enjoyed it when family would come over and play. Virgil was laid to rest on January 18, 2018 at Lakewood Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held on February 17, 2018 at La Loma Grace Church – 1315 La Loma Avenue, Modesto, California at 11:00AM. Donations can be made in Virgil’s memory to your favorite charity.