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In Memoriam

Stewart E. Kleinschmidt
It is with great sadness to report the passing of Stewart E. Kleinschmidt on November 6th, 2018.

The only child of Edward F. and Dorothy J. Kleinschmidt.

Stew is survived by his wife Marge Kleinschmidt of 64 years, married 21 August 1954. Their sons: Thomas E. (Ann), James W. (Linda), John F. (Elaine) Kleinschmidt. Grandsons Derek, Sean (Taylor) Kleinschmidt. Niece: Megan Freeberg (Jim), Nephew: David Caton (Sue) and their daughter Sarah. Step grand children: Nicolas, Michael, Jacqueline and two step great granddaughters.

He graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, completed DeVry electronics training, attended Northwestern University in Evanston and was mentored by German immigrant machinists.

A Korean war Veteran; he served as a medic for a short time then as a watch and instrument repairman.

The consummate technician, he was a mechanical engineer at Kleinschmidt Laboratories – his grandfather Edward E. Kleinschmidt’s company in Highland Park and Deerfield. He then had his own business KES Engineering in Prospect Heights as a restorer, machinist and mechanical engineer.

An enthusiast for most things mechanical and electrical including model trains, time pieces, antique cars, vintage radio and “hi-fi”. He was an active member in many clubs that supported those interests including the Train Collectors Association, Classic Car Club of America for 45 years, Nation Watch & Clock Association and Northwest Model Engineers.

For those so wishing, instead of flowers, please consider making a charitable gift in Stew’s memory to:
– First United Methodist Church, 1903 E. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004, 847-255-5112
– The American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345

A celebration of his life will be at 1 pm on Tuesday 20 November 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 1903 E. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004 followed by light refreshments and fellowship at the church.

Interment will be private.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stewart's family.

Member News

In Memoriam

Katie Robbins
It is with great sadness to report the passing of Katie Robbins on Monday, June 18, 2018.

Katie dedicated much of her life and energy to the success of our club and was a friend to all Classic Car Club members. She had an encyclopedic memory for all of our club’s rules, history, protocol, personnel and members. A tireless ‘volunteer’ - it would be difficult to name a Classic Car Club position, committee, event, or award that she has not either served on or won!

Her assistance has been sorely missed by all of us who are now puzzling over a CCCA timetable, procedure, submission, or resource; find ourselves either doing or changing something only or find out it had been tried before and still doesn’t work. It used to be so easy – just call Katie!

A celebration of her life is planned for 2 PM on Friday, June 29th at the Dearborn Country Club, 800 N Military St, Dearborn, MI 48124.

Please contact Nancy Seyfarth by phoneby Monday June 25th if you plan to attend Katie’s celebration.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Katie's family.

Ed Schoenthaler

Ed Schoenthaler

Sadly sharing the news that Ed Schoenthaler passed away this morning following a 7-month battle with leukemia.  Ed was an Icon in the old car hobby and in the automobile industry and we will miss him dearly.   

Ed parlayed great success as a car salesperson into greater success as a car dealer in the western suburbs of Chicago.  Ed loved toys of all kinds – especially cars.   His passion was Classic cars and he pursued his passion with impeccable taste – establishing one of the finest collections of spectacular automobiles in the area.

I’ve heard Ed comment many times that the greatest satisfaction he had derived from his involvement in the old car hobby was the accumulation of a huge number of great friends – in fact, he was overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of these friends who reached out to Ed when Judy, his wife of 51 years, passed away in 2014. 

Ed was blessed to include Kim Roberts in his life the past two years and they were able to attend many car shows and events together including Pebble Beach in August of 2016. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kim and to Ed’s daughters and family.


Visitation for Ed Schoenthaler

The Visitation for Ed Schoenthaler will be 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 South Grant Street, Hinsdale, IL 60521.

Obituary - Ed Schoenthaler