Catherine (Rene)


Catherine (Rene) Zender Schuh (1889 - 1919)




1899 Confirmation Class of St. Henry's


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Rene Catherine Zender 1889 -1919. Married Christopher Schuh b.1892 had 2 sons, William b. 1915 and Harry (Bud) b. 1917. Rene sadly passed away in 1919 she was only 30, and the boys were only 3 and 1. Christopher’s mother Katharina Scmitt Schuh born 1854 in Germany, helped to raise them. They lived just a few blocks from his in-laws Adam Zender.  Christopher was a manager/salesman in the Ice Business.

….. Catherine M. Schuh Dec. 7th 1919, Tribune Death Notice, …

Age 30 yrs old, beloved wife of Christopher M. Mother of William A and Harry A. Schuh. daughter of Mr. and Mrs Adam Zender sister of Mrs RJ Windler, Mrs. Anna Muno, Mrs. V.J.Seng, Celia, Edward, Lucy, William and the late Lambert. Funeral from residence 6358 N. Hermitage Mass St Henry's interment St. Boniface Cemetery.

   A young Christopher Schuh                                                                                                                 Christopher Schuh
                                                               




Uncle Bill Schuh and niece Gael Zender  


During WWII, Bill’s brother Harry, assigned to the 17th Pursuit Squadron reaching rank of Technical Sergeant with the 24th pursuit group, until they were in the Battle of Corregidor. They were overrun by the Japanese and taken as prisoners in May 1942, held on the islands until 1944 when the Japanese went to transport these remaining prisoners to mainland Japan. That is when an American sub fired and sunk the ship (Arisan Maru) losing, 1,800 soldiers on Oct 24, 1944. Only 5 Americans survived. Harry Schuh was classified as MIA being aboard that ship. The Japanese had failed to fly a flag identifying them as a freighter, prisoner ship. He has his name inscribed at The Tablet of the Missing Soldiers at the Manilla American Cemetery and Memorial shown below.

          
                        (photos provided by Jack Windler’s caretaker Nelson Garupa in 2015, who resides in the Phillippines) 


William went on to marry Lorraine Schuh and eventually they moved to McHenry and raised 3 kids: William, Jack and Carol. and many horses.  Christopher had remarried (late 30’s early 40’s) to Frances Margaret Theiss and added 2 daughters to his family. They both lived until 76 and 82 respectively. Christopher is at rest beside his 1st wife Rene Zender in St Boniface Cemetery, Chicago. 

Bill and Laurie’s 3 children: William Schuh is retired living in Arizona, Jack lives in Coal City, Illinois and daughter Carol Novak in Amboy, Illinois.

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