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Willis Norman Schonowski, Sr.

December 30, 1936 ~ April 11, 2021 (age 84)


    Willis Norman Schonowski, Sr., 84, of Pasadena, Maryland, passed away on April 11, 2021.  Willis was born on December 30, 1936, in Baltimore, to the late Virginia and Robert Schonowski.  He attended Southern High School for the first two years, and then was recruited by Calvert Hall College High School to play soccer and baseball for the last two years.  He served his country proudly in the United States Army as a Private First Class.  Willis went on to work as a Longshoreman at the Port of Baltimore and was a distinguished nationally and internationally known labor leader for more than 50 years.   He was a member of the I.L.A., MD Soccer Hall of Fame, MD Baseball Hall of Fame, and South Baltimore Softball Hall of Fame.  Willis led a full life and was extremely talented in everything he did.  He enjoyed singing, reading – especially military history, going down to Ocean City, and cheering on the Colts, Ravens, & Orioles, and most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends. 

     Willis is survived by his devoted wife, Norma A. Schonowski; his loving children, Kathleen Schonowski, Cynthia (John) Snider, and Willis Schonowski Jr.; his beloved step-daughters, Deborah (Jack) Helms and Theresa (Edward) Woolford; his cherished granddaughter, Erin (Darryl) Mixon and great-grandson, John Clark Mixon; He is also survived by numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and his dear siblings, Kenneth Schonowski and Virginia Flentje.  He is also survived by many extended family and friends.  Willis was predeceased by his siblings, Leonard Schonowski and Linda Scherch

     The family will receive visitors at Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services, P.A., 1 2nd Ave. SW (at Crain Hwy), on Wednesday, April 14th,  from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.  A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Christ the King Catholic Church.  Interment at MD Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville will be Private as well.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to Hospice of the Chesapeake at

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