Robert “Jake” Sven Schang
Danbury - Robert “Jake” Sven Schang, a teacher and coach to thousands, a mentor to many, and a friend to all, died December 4th, 2020 after a five year battle with Vascular Dementia, surrounded by his wife and children. He was born July 25th in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Sven and Leona (Michaud) Schang.
Jake graduated from Wachusett Regional High School where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education/Health from the University of Bridgeport and his Master of Science degree in Administration from Southern Connecticut State University and his 6th year in counseling from Western Connecticut State University.
Jake was a well respected Physical Education/Health teacher and coach in the Danbury school system for 37 years. He was a passionate educator and coach who loved teaching and helping young people discover a love of sports.
Jake’s family meant the world to him. He had a big heart, a great sense of humor, and a smile that could light up an entire room. He found joy in helping other people with their life struggles. He lived an active lifestyle and enjoyed working out, riding his bike, listening/dancing to music, and long walks on the beach. He loved Myrtle Beach summers with his family and visiting Cape Cod.
Jake is survived by his beloved wife Lisa (Bonadio) Schang of 29 years, his children Heather (Schang) Sadler and her husband Corey, Robert (Bobby) Schang, II and Tara (Schang) O’Shea and her husband Connor. He is also survived by his grandchildren Shane and Leah Sadler, his mother-in law Helena Michael, his brother-in-law Michael Bonadio, his brother and sister in law David and Janine Bonadio, and his nieces and nephew, Jacqueline, Austin, and Andriana
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Sven Eric, and his granddaughter, Sara Michelle.
He will be dearly missed.
A walk-through celebration of life will be held Friday December 11th, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT. Visitors are required to wear masks and physical distance as they walk through, pay their respects and exit without lingering to ensure all guests can come through. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, Brookfield tentatively on Saturday, May 8, 2021.
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