Patrick Schonhardt

Patrick Schonhardt

Patrick H. Schonhardt, 59, of Braham, Minn. passed away March 14, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
He was born to John and Betty (Casebeer) Schonhardt Sept. 23, 1954, in Wadena, Minn. He attended school in the Anoka area, graduating from Anoka High School in 1973 and vocational school in 1977 as an architectural draftsman.
While Pat was an award-winning package designer at Central Packaging and Display with two patents to his credit, his true vocation was music. He learned to play guitar at age 7, and by 15 was giving lessons. He started playing professionally at 16 and over the years was a part of many bands. A gifted musician, he enjoyed success in an amazingly eclectic variety of music including classic rock, country, traditional scandi music, bluegrass and blues. His last band was the Inglorious Hellcats, and their gig at Sturgis, S.D., last summer was a highlight of 2013.
Pats heart and creative energy went into the church he loved, Siloa Lutheran, where he created Music and Pie, the outreach program which brought well-known musicians and many listeners out to the little country church for an evening of music, fellowship, and dessert. He accompanied Native American flutist, Darren Moose, at local concerts and also in the creation of the cd, Ogemabenez.
It was a source of pride and joy in his life that his wife and two daughters shared his love of music. He played with his wife, Dolly Brown, in their bluegrass band, Siloa Creek, and also accompanied her Scandinavian folk music group, The Spirit River Scandiband. Writing music and sharing it were the breath of life to Pat. His audio legacy includes the recording of The Wooden Cross with Patty Wagner, which was written by his mother and sister.
Pat and Dolly celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary June 6, 2012, living in Braham and being active in the local community for those 20 years and more. Friends and family regularly gathered at their home for holidays and happy events, always knowing there would be plenty of food and music, with a new pun and a few corny jokes from the man of the house.
Pat was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Mabel Casebeer, John and Rose Schonhardt, and nephew, Shawn Schonhardt. He is survived by his wife, Dolly Brown; daughters Jessi, of Brooklyn Park, and Katie of Braham; son, David (Mollie) Brown of Isanti; grandsons, James, Zachary, Trevor, and Brody, of Isanti; mother, Betty Schonhardt; father, John Schonhardt; brother, Mike (Wanda) Schonhardt, of Battle Lake; Tom (Ruth) Schonhardt, of Eugene, Oregon, Sue (Tim)Kopp, of Anoka; Dan (Deb) Schonhardt, of Blaine; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Pat will be missed by many as his extended family includes close and lifelong friends, his business and music colleagues, his church family and a neighborhood which he embraced with his big heart. Pat is a wonderful example of strength, creativity, and kindness and he has a place in many hearts forever.
A public celebration of his life will be held April 27 at the Braham Community Center located at 655 8th St. SW Braham, Minn. from noon to midnight. For information contact Facebook.com/Patrick.Schonhardt.

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