Gale A. Schaal

Born: Tue., Dec. 9, 1924
Died: Sun., Feb. 24, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Feb. 26, 2013
Location: Guisinger Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Feb. 27, 2013
Location: Guisinger Chapel

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Gale A. Schaal, 88, passed away at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Michiana Health and Rehabilitation Center, Mishawaka.  Mr. Schaal was born on December 9, 1924 in Plymouth, IN to the late Ralph C. and Cora F. (Kanarr) Schaal.  He has been a lifelong area resident.  On September 2, 1945 in Plymouth, he married Virginia M. Evans who preceded him in death on October 20, 2010.  Two sisters, Phyllis Reaker and Linda Eby; and one brother, Ralph Schaal, also preceded their brother in death.

Mr. Schaal is survived by his six children, Patricia (John) Hanson of Gallatin, TN, Kathleen (Larry) Burcham of Granger, Roberta D. Himes of South Bend, John M. Schaal of Mishawaka, William (Christina) Schaal of Granger, and Charles (Amy) Schaal of South Bend; fourteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren;  brother, Donald (Gertrude) Schaal of South Bend; sister-in-law, June Schaal of Plymouth; and two brothers-in-law, Dale Reaker and Jerry Eby, both of Plymouth.

Mr. Schaal retired from Oliver-White Farm after 23 years in management.  Previously, he worked for 19 years at Studebaker Corporation.  Mr. Schaal proudly served his country during WWII with the United State Army.  He enjoyed restoring cars, bowling and was a member of the Twin City Men's Bowling Club.  He loved to golf, achieving two holes in one. He loved woodworking but his true passion was his home and garden.  He grew a huge garden every year and enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor with family and friends.  His well kept yard on Ivy Road for the past sixty-one years served as a gathering place for family and friends.  A destination on Christmas Eve, Dad loved having his family at home, all in one place. . .   Affectionately he was known as the "Mayor of Ivy Road", Stringbean, Daddy, Dad, Pops or Grandpa.  He is loved and will be missed.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan Street, South Bend, IN.  Military graveside services will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.  Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Contributions in memory of Gale A. Schaal may be donated to Logan School, 114 N. Ironwood Drive, South Bend, IN  46615 or St. Joseph County Humane Society, 2506 Grape Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545.  Online condolences may be offered to the family at  

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Mary Pauwels
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
Will miss seeing your face at summer time and the jokes were great always had something nice to say. Have fun doing all the gof and bowling u want tell mom hi u both will be missed Love ya Mary

Bob Johnson
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
Robyn and your family, our thoughts and prayers sent your way at this difficult time. So very sorry for your loss. I know your Dad was very special to you.

Dan and Pat Short
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
To the Family we express deep regerts,Gale will be missed ,for his humor and smile,enjoyed bowling with him and being a friend for 40yrs.Never got to golf but we talked about it,May he rest in peace.

Deb McGinnis
   Posted Tue February 26, 2013
Dear Kathy and Larry,

Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness for you and your family. May you be given added strength to guide you through these next days. Gods Blessings to each of you in this difficult time.


Tom Lindenman
   Posted Wed February 27, 2013
To Gale Schaal's Family;
I've been out of town and was unable to attend the visitation. I worked with Gale for the major part of my 16 years at White Farm. He was dedicated to his job and was very enjoyable to work with. What a great sense of humor! It's been nearly 28 years since those White Farm days. I will always have fond memories of that part of my life. What a great group of people of which Gale was a part. Sorry for your loss.

Rose Calvert
   Posted Wed February 27, 2013
Am so sorry to hear of your loss. Will sure miss Uncle Gale's smiling face and
funny remarks. We have lost so many over the last couple years - now they can all be together. We will miss them!

Rose Calvert
   Posted Wed February 27, 2013
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. We will all miss Uncle Gale with his smiling face and funny remarks. We have lost so many over the last couple years.

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