Schoenbeck, Jean M.

Wilmington-Jean M. Schoenbeck, age 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 14, 2020 She was born in Boone, IA and was the daughter of the late Elmer and Elinore Staley.

In her early years Jean worked as a bookkeeper, then after marriage her life was her family. She was an active member of St. Phillips Lutheran Church. Jean’s immediate family had the fortune of receiving her unending love and kindness on a level that’s unexplainable in words.

Her husband of 66 years, Melvin A., died in 2018, she was also preceded in death by her 2 children, Barbara Jean and Christopher J. and 2 siblings. She is survived by her grandsons, Chris Schoenbeck (Elizabeth) and Bryan Schoenbeck (Amber Bacon) and 3 great-grandchildren, Matteo, Alana and T.J.

A visitation will be held on Friday, August 21, from 10-11am where a funeral service will follow at St. Phillips Lutheran Church, 5320 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Social distancing will be enforced and seating is limited for the service. Burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Phillips Lutheran Church.

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On Friday, August 21st, we’ll be holding the funeral service for Jean Schoenbeck at St. Philip’s. We recognize that many of you will not be available to attend due to COVID-19 concerns. This has been one of the harder results of COVID-19 … the inability to gather as community in times of grief and mourning. And yet, we affirm and support each decision that folks make to attend or refrain from attending due to their own personal circumstances. It truly is totally okay … we understand!!

However, in keeping with working to keep us connected even in these times, we will be livestreaming the Funeral Service for those who cannot make it to the service on Friday. The livestream will start at 10:58 am on Friday on the St. Philip’s YouTube Channel which you can access either by going to our website ( and navigating from there or by clicking here:

We hope this helps connect you to this celebration of Jean’s life.

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