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Theo Schonneker

by: Photo By Susan Matheny - Culver resident Theo Schonneker

   How long have you lived in Jefferson County and what brought you here?
   I moved to Culver at age 7 with my parents Chester and Esther Harmon, and started first grade in 1932. My dad ran the mail route to Grandview and was a livestock dealer. I married John Schonneker in 1946, and I managed the office at Round Butte Growers and Shippers in Culver for 17 years, retiring in 1984.
   What's the best aspect of living here?
   Culver's close community atmosphere and pride in its schools. It seems like I know everybody and I like that. How sad it must be for people who are on the move all the time.
   What's your favorite way to spend a day?
   To have a list of things to accomplish and to get them accomplished. I enjoy doing hospice work, enjoy my church, and I like having a plan for the day.
   What are your hobbies and interests?
   I like to read The Madras Pioneer and The Bulletin to see what's going on, and I watch OPB and CNN TV. My favorite shows are Rick Steves, Globe Trekker, Now (an in-depth news show), and Antiques Road Show.
   How may kids, grandkids, etc.?
   I have three children, Chuck Schonneker of Madras, Sharon Belleisle of Washington, and Lisa Van Swoll of Hermiston; five grandkids, Kurtis Schonneker of Culver, Marcus Schonneker of Madras, John and Brandi Van Swoll of Hermiston, and Brian Belleisle of Montana; and 10 great-grandchildren. And my 104-year-old mother, Esther Harmon of Culver.