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Sylvia Schnoll was a strong, good-hearted woman who loved her family, who had been strengthened by adversity and who knew what hard work was all about. She was immensely resourceful and frugal-minded, yet generous and giving, making sure her family was always well cared for. Her family and friends appreciated her independent spirit as much as her kindness and generosity, and they will remember the impact Sylvia made on their lives forever.

The year was 1918 and Woodrow Wilson had been elected to his second term as President of the United States, Irving Berlin penned “God Bless America” and World War I was reaching its crescendo. Sylvia was born on May 27, 1918, to Harry and Rose Malawsky in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sylvia lived in the Milwaukee area for most of her life. It is the place she called home, and the place where she created a lifetime full of memories with her family and friends.

Sylvia met the love of her life, Solomon Schnoll, while in grade school. Their puppy love eventually blossomed into true love and they were married out of high school. Sylvia and Solomon were the proud parents of five children: Harriet, Neal, Carole, Nancy and Renee. For Sylvia, family always came first. She was a caring and attentive mother, and very much involved with the Boy and Girl Scouts when her kids were growing up. Sylvia was very resourceful when it came to stretching the household money, and very practical with how every last cent was spent. Aside from being a devoted wife and mother, Sylvia worked as an Office Manager for a real estate firm. Sadly, Sylvia lost her beloved Solomon when he was fairly young.

As Sylvia grew older, she went to live at a care facility, but was unhappy with her treatment here so she moved to Samaritan Health Care Center of West Bend, which was near her daughter Carole. She received such wonderful care by the staff here until her passing on Friday, March 9, 2012. She will be dearly missed.

Sylvia was the dearest wife of the late Solomon. Mother of Harriet (Bruce) Smith, Neal (Sue) Schnoll, the late Carole Pinchard, the late Nancy (John) Helbling, and the late Renee (George) Helstowski. Sister-in-law of Mayta Schnoll. Further survived by 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 12, at Mound Zion Cemetery, 14510 W. North Avenue, Brookfield, WI. The family wishes to thank the staff at Samaritan Health Care Center of West Bend for their wonderful care. Please visit Sylvia’s personal memory page at, where you may share a memory/thought and sign the online guest book.

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