Martin J. Schnepff Posted: 2021-03-24 09:55:59

Martin J. Schnepff


Martin John Schnepff was born September 18, 1942 to Earl and Grace Schnepff in Chicago. He grew up in the Old Irving Park neighborhood and graduated from Lake Forest College, where he lettered in football. He and his wife Donna Schnepff, a fellow Schurz High School graduate, raised their family in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Throughout his life Marty poured his spirited enthusiasm, love, and warmth into his cherished friends, family and dogs. He loved playing golf and jazz piano, cooking, skiing, and staying fit. Marty enjoyed a long and fulfilling career in the paper industry, where he served many as a friend and mentor.
Marty and Donna were married for 53 years. They lived in Huntley, Illinois and enjoyed the past 25 winters together in Arizona, most recently in Rio Verde.
He was a truly devoted father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Donna (Ryan) Schnepff and their two children, daughter Julie (Schnepff) Lannert and her husband Jeff Lannert of Mount Prospect and son Brian Schnepff and his wife Eileen (Ryan) Schnepff of Chicago, his five grandchildren Ryan, Grace, and Cole Lannert and Frances and Ronan Schnepff, his cousins Herb Lange and wife Eileen and Glen Curtis and wife Audrey and their family, and nieces and nephews Heather, Laura, Jeff, and Rob. And of course, by Beau and Lucy, Marty’s MVPs (Most Valuable Pets). Marty will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be on Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 2-5pm at DeFiore Funeral Home-10763 Dundee Road, Huntley. A Memorial service will be held at 1pm on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church-10850 Main Street, Huntley. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Helping Paws Animal Shelter in Woodstock, IL.

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Sandy Oldham 2021-03-24 10:52:18

Marty was a dear and gentle man. He always had a warm smile for everyone. My deepest sympathies and prayers to Donna and his family.

Mike , Jessica, Avery and Anderson Vahey 2021-03-24 13:25:01

While we never had the pleasure of meeting Marty in person, we've benefited from his son and his son's family being in our lives. Goodness begets goodness so we've no doubt he was an amazing and kind man. Our deepst sympathies to the Schnepff Family in this great loss.

Jim and Barb Auwerda 2021-03-24 14:24:37

Our deepest sympathy to Donna and the family of Marty Schnepff. Marty was a vital member of our church, Shepherd of the Prairie, and will be dearly missed. Peace be with you.

Ralph & Sue Wehnes 2021-03-24 20:10:30

Our sincere sympathy and prayers for Donna and family. How blessed we were to have Marty and his music as part of worship services at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church.

Jim Bishop 2021-03-25 04:58:12

My sincere condolences to Donna a family, Marty was so very talented in so many ways. Always a smile and firm handshake. I am sorry for your loss, prayers!

Donna Shapiro 2021-03-25 05:40:58

Donna and family. My deepest sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I only met Marty a couple of times, but from everything I heard he was a wonderful man.

Katie Zwart 2021-03-25 08:49:05

Brian and the Schnepff family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you all. My deepest sympathies.

FRED GORR 2021-03-25 09:20:11


Mitch Corso 2021-03-25 09:30:01

I am saddened to hear about Marty Schnepff’s passing. Marty used to play piano with me at SOTP. He was always upbeat and a pleasure to be around. My condolences to his family.

Tom Moran 2021-03-25 11:10:50

To Brian and the Schnepff family, may your Dad Rest In Peace. My deepest sympathies to you and all the family. I am very sorry for your great loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Carol and Steve Legel 2021-03-26 08:28:51

Marty was such a dear, sweet man that we treasured as a friend. He will be missed by us very much. May Donna and family feel God's love surrounding them during this sad time. Prayers for Donna and family.

Barry Fues 2021-03-26 16:05:40

My deepest Sympathies to Donna, Julie, Brian and family. Marty was a very special guy and friend. Always a smile, a twinkle in his eye and a firm handshake. Marty and your family have been and will continue in my prayers. God Bless!

Scott Mosby 2021-03-27 19:55:54

My condolences to those like myself that knew and enjoyed Marty. Each time I saw Marty he had a kind word, warm smile and a sincere manner. My days in Rio Verde were bright when Marty was around. Rest peacefully my friend.

Sven Steindorff 2021-03-27 23:21:56

My sympathies and prayers go to Donna, Beau and Lucy and the entire Schnepff family. Marty was a kind but competitive sportsman. He will be missed by his golfing friends in Rio Verde, Arizona and those that knew his many talents. I am very sorry for your loss. RIP Marty.

Jane and Woody Wood 2021-03-28 16:00:07

Marty was one of a kind. He will be missed by so many. Love and sympathy to all the family.

John Throckmorton 2021-03-29 15:49:29

Marty will be missed by all who knew him