Peter “Pete” Carlo Schonsberg passed away on September 9, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born January 14, 1941 to Al and Gussie Schonsberg of Walkerville.
Pete graduated in 1959 from Butte High School. He attended Western Montana College, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, and received his Master’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Pete began his teaching career in Townsend and retired from Butte High School after 30 years of teaching. Pete was the head coach of The Lady Bulldogs Track and Field from 1972-1993. He received Coach of the Year 3 times (1984, 1986,1987) and Regional Coach of the Year in 1987. In 2007 Pete was inducted into the Butte Sports Hall of Fame.
Pete was very proud to be a Golden B and supported his children and grandchildren through their academic and athletic accomplishments. Pete enjoyed cheering on his 49ers as much as the Bulldogs.
Pete married Mary and together had two children, Pete and Carla. He later met and married his soul mate, Virginia Dallaserra. Virg completed Pete’s family with four additional children Dan, Joe, Lisa, and Teresa.
Pete and Virg enjoyed razor riding, camping, fishing, hiking, and traveling with family and friends.
Pete was an avid outdoorsman – his passion for hunting began with his dad Papo and continued with his son Pete.
His most precious moments were teaching his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews the experience of hunting big game.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents Al and Gussie Schonsberg; son Tommy McGrath; brother-in-law Stan Suzow; nephew Mike Downes.
He is survived by his wife Virginia, children Pete (Lisa) Schonsberg, Carla (Doug) Caldwell, Dan (Wendy) McGrath, Joe (Ang) McGrath, Teresa (Tom) McGrath, Lisa (Chris) Hanson; grandchildren Keri, Kyle, Luke, Marcus, Matt, Sam, Levi, Lacie, Logann, Tommy, Jonathan, Hannah, Beau, and Bailee; great-grandchildren Karsyn, Kendall, and Huxten; sisters Roberta Suzow; Barb (Pete) Dallaserra.
Thanks to Dr. Hueftle, his compassionate nurses and staff who cared for Pete, allowing him to live life to the fullest after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer five years ago.
Special thank you to Father Beretta for your prayers, always being present, and supporting Pete, Virg, and their families.
Memorials in honor of Pete are suggested to the Butte Athletic Council.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Butte. Funeral Mass will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Please visit below to offer a condolence or share a memory of Pete. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Pete and his family.