Eric J. Schnabel, 39, Minot, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Eric James Schnabel, son of Mark and Carol (Johnson) Schnabel was born Dec. 4, 1972, in Minot. His baptism took place at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Eric was confirmed in the Lutheran faith by Pastor Pete Martinson at Augustana Lutheran Church. He continued his faith walk under the guidance of Augustana's congregational members and their youth directors, George and Diane Smith.
Eric began his education at Burlington Elementary School. He graduated from Des Lacs-Burlington High School, where he enjoyed participating in vocal and instrumental music programs, in 1991. While in high school he received recognition in the area of broadcasting and began part-time work as a radio DJ and later as a Morning Show Sidekick on KIZZ-FM. From 1992 to 1995 Eric was a director at KMOT-TV in Minot. He graduated from Minot State University in 1995 with degrees in music and elementary education.
Beginning in June 1995, Eric was employed as an Uplink Operator at US Satellite Broadcasting and KSTP Channel 5 in St. Paul, Minn. He continued in that position until late 2004 when the effects of Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome became disabling. Though physically challenged, Eric persevered and was able to manage his condition. He continued to express his love and appreciation of the arts through his design and use of audio and visual technologies.
Eric was once married to Elizabeth Stolt. They made their home in Richfield, Minn., and from this union Katherine (14) and Jackson (11) were born. Eric relished his role as a father and enjoyed sharing common interests with his children. He took pride in his children's involvement in church choir. As they grew older, Eric continued to be supportive and proud of their academic achievements and music and sports activities.
Eric was truly loved by his family and friends and will be missed.
Eric's surviving family members are: children, Katherine Schnabel and Jackson Schnabel, both Minot; parents, Mark and Carol Schnabel, Minot; sister, Kari (Travis) Andersen, Minot, and their children, Bjorn, Sonja and Kjell; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Eric was preceded in death by: his grandparents, Andrew and Astrid Schnabel and Francis and Mildred "Millie" Johnson.
Celebration of Eric's Life Service: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, Minot.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: will be Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to the Von Hippel-Lindau Foundation, 2001 Beacon St, Suite 208, Boston, MA 02135-7787, or for Eric's children, Katherine and Jackson Schnabel's Education Fund.
Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Eric may access the online obituaries at (www.thompsonlarson.com).