Obituary Details

Dennis "Denny" Schoonmaker

August 31, 2009 - April 12, 2015

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Memorial Service

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Service Time:
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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Notes

Dennis Alfred Schoonmaker (“Denny”), age 5, passed away on April 12, 2015. His death was the result of a lengthy battle with liver cancer.

Denny is survived by his parents, Doug and Mandy Schoonmaker; sister, Darian Schoonmaker; paternal grandparents, Sonny and Barbara Schoonmaker; maternal grandparents, Tommy and Evonne Hubbard; great-grandmother, Patsy Hubbard; aunts and uncles, Mark and Wendy (Hubbard) Dragone, William and Jennifer Hubbard, Chris Schoonmaker and Jeanie Schoonmaker; and cousins, Thomas Dragone, Maddie Hubbard, and Mackenzie Hubbard.

Denny will live on in the hearts of many more family members and friends.

Denny loved playing Mario, watching Scooby Doo, and epic snugglefests. He had a number of “best days ever” that ranged from starting a Red Sox game by screaming “Play Ball” to simply watching his cousin, Thomas, play video games -Denny truly appreciated his life. Denny was kind, handsome, loving, brave – he inspired so much goodness.

A drop-in memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, April 19 from 4-6 pm at the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh located at 3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607. Dress as you are comfortable and consider including a bit of red in your outfit as it was Denny’s favorite color.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB #7295 UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295. Give online now https://secure.dev.unc.edu/gift/Default.aspx?p=LCGO (select Pediatrics Cancer fund).
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The Compassionate Friends of Wake County
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June 14, 2015
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Schoonmaker,
It is with a heavy heart that we send this message to you. Sadly, we have learned about the passing of your beloved son Denny. There are simply no words that can adequately express what it is to suffer the loss of a beloved child. We are bereaved parents who have suffered this devastating loss. We want to reach out to you in behalf of our group The Compassionate Friends of Wake County, a non-profit and non-denominational support group that consists solely of parents who have lost a child. We are part of the worldwide organization The Compassionate Friends which can be accessed at www.compassionatefriends.org. Our website is on the latter which you can get to by clicking on Chapter Locator and then going to NC. Our group meets twice a month in Raleigh. If you have any questions, please call our message line 919-833-4022. There is always a bereaved parent on call who should get back to you in one to three days. We are so sorry for your loss and please know that you and your precious child are in our thoughts and prayers.
With caring and concern,
The Compassionate Friends of Wake County
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Paula and Milton Cooley
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April 18, 2015
Sent a gift in memory of Dennis "Denny" Schoonmaker
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Paula and Milton Cooley
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April 18, 2015
We will always remember his beautiful, glorious smile. Even on a bad day, thoughts of his smile made us smile. Smile on, little Denny.
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Tina Jones Murray
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April 17, 2015
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Amsler Bayse
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April 17, 2015
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Jennifer Bennett
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April 16, 2015
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Jennifer Laird
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April 16, 2015
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kimberly Smith
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April 16, 2015
Having lost a child ourselves last October (Preston was 13), we know the overwhelming feeling of riding the roller coaster of emotions... the tug of war of what to feel. All I can say is let them all come out. Denny and Preston were brave and had enormous courage in their fights. Our sons, our heroes! You can not only embrace the short life you had with him but embrace what he gave your family... strength, happiness, hope and love, for the rest of your lives. One foot in front of the other. Take your time. You are in our thoughts.
Ryan, Kim and Ella Smith
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Erika Hartwick Brown, Andrew and April
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April 16, 2015
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Tammy Wood
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April 16, 2015
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Rochelle Bower Potter
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April 16, 2015
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Keeta Adams
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April 16, 2015
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to this family. May God bless and comfort each of you.
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Keeta Adams
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April 16, 2015
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Diane Johnson
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April 16, 2015
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Mnadi Underwood Dan Taylor
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April 16, 2015
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Deborah Russell
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April 16, 2015
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Angelia Fralin (Massey)
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April 16, 2015
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Amanda Scott
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April 16, 2015
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Noel Pinckard
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April 15, 2015
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John Michael Knowles
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April 15, 2015
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Jarrett and Patti (Von Preysing) Amos
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April 15, 2015
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Sarah Bowles
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April 15, 2015
Bless you and your family at this difficult time. If he was anything like his mother, Mandy, then he was precious! Sending lots of love hugs and kisses. Sarah Cundiff Bowles
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Carolyn Christman
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April 15, 2015
Lit a candle in memory of Dennis "Denny" Schoonmaker
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Mindy Stroupe
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April 15, 2015
In honor of his favorite color, and one of mine. Thinking of the entire family during this time.
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Mindy Stroupe
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April 15, 2015
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Claire Drehmel
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April 15, 2015
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The Slope Family
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April 15, 2015
May the love of those around you, comfort you in the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Marisol Allen
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April 15, 2015
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Keith Hubbard
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April 15, 2015
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Cynthia Cudaback
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April 15, 2015
so many times, you posted brave words and pictures of smiling faces. It's beautiful that you helped him live his short life to the fullest
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Christine and Mark Dries
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April 15, 2015
Our heartfelt condolences go out to your family. May you know that your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

Christine and Mark Dries
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Gina Prevost
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April 15, 2015
Mandy ~ We are so sorry for the loss of your precious little boy. Our hearts are hurting for you and your family. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers! Ben, Gina and Lucas Prevost, High Point, NC
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Gina Prevost
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April 15, 2015
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Linda Glasgow
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April 15, 2015
Doug and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Linda Glasgow, LSS, SunTrust Mtg, Charleston, SC
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Linda Glasgow
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April 15, 2015
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barbara caserta
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April 15, 2015
Although we haven't met I felt I knew Denny. My good friend Janet Dragone (Tommy's grandma) kept me advised from beginning. I appreciated your Facebook updates and seeing him having good times for u to remember. Prayers are for all of you.
Barbara Caserta
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Jeremy Barefoot
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April 15, 2015
Deep prayers for the family. Denny, you will be missed! The Sanderson wrestling team fell in love with you and you truly inspired us! We will always remember you and will see you one day again, I have no doubt. Thank you for your kind spirit, wonderful smile, and amazing attitude.
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Phyllis Kirk Scott
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April 15, 2015
Evonne, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have grandchildren as well and I pray for your comfort.

Phyllis Kirk Scott
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Sylvia Carter & Thomas R. Hawkins
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April 15, 2015
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Tara, Calvin & Addyson Rose Honeycutt
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April 15, 2015
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Kara Guy and Family
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April 15, 2015
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Thea Anderson & Family
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Kara Groene
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April 15, 2015
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nancy sutton
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April 15, 2015
Although we never had the privilege of meeting Denny in person, we feel we knew him like a book because of your updates and photos that you so unselfishly shared. He was one special & unique "little man"!

Thank you & God Bless you all, Nancy (Zerfass) & Jack Sutton
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Susan Taylor
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April 15, 2015
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Candace C. Olander
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April 15, 2015
Thinking of Denny and all of you and sending healing energy, love and peace to you. Little Denny will
be remembered as a beautiful light that shone brightly and lifted up all those who were fortunate to have passed his way.
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Nancy Smith
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April 15, 2015
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Richard and Cindy Menard
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April 15, 2015
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Amanda Davis
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Candace C. Olander
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Scott Blum
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Lana Pham
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Martini Family
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Kathy Chorba
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McComas Family
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The McComas Family
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Allison Day
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April 15, 2015
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Sonny Schoonmaker
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April 14, 2015
Denny brought Grammy and Grampy Schoonmaker a lifetime of happiness and memories for the short time he was with us. His sweet smile will live on with us forever.
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Brenda Barker
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April 14, 2015
Evvonne, as the grandmother of a little angel, I know how much pain you are feeling. My prayers are that you will be granted peace. Take as much time as you need and cry as much as you need. Your are in my heart.
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Brenda Barker
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April 14, 2015
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Rene Goodspeed
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April 14, 2015
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Linda Winstead
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Jessica Ritter
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Amy Hart
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April 14, 2015
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Evonne Hubbard
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April 14, 2015
I was blessed to be this little man's Nana. I always loved holding his hands and feet and rubbing his forehead as he was going to sleep when he was a baby. Easter Sunday afternoon we shared a story when I was finished he said something I did not understand, so he yelled out Nana I said read me another story, so we enjoyed Jack in the Beanstalk. Denny and his precious memories will live in my heart forever. Love you buddy.
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Victoria Hanley
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April 14, 2015
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Jennifer D'Entremont
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April 14, 2015
Words cannot express how terribly sorry we are for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a beautiful boy!
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Jennifer D'Entremont
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April 14, 2015
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Bob Magnotta
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April 14, 2015
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Paula McDonald Whitsell
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April 14, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you and I pray that God gives you comfort and peace as you begin the healing process. I thank you for sharing your experience with us all as it has taught me how to enjoy the moment and life as it is. God Bless.
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Paula McDonald Whitsell
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April 14, 2015
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evonne hubbard
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April 13, 2015
Where would I even start. Denny and my other grandchildren are the light of my life. When Denny was little I always love to hold his hands and feet and rub his head as he was falling asleep. A couple Sundays ago I told him a story about The Three Pigs, a little later he said something I did not understand, so he yelled out Nana I said read another story. We enjoyed Jack in the Beanstalk together. I feel so blessed to have been Nana to such a sweet little man.
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