Andrew Schon

Andrew Schon

Monday, May 24th, 1937 Thursday, March 12th, 2020

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Obituary for Andrew Helmut Schon

Andrew Schon, 82, passed away on March 12, 2020 at his home in White Plains N.Y.

Surviving Andrew is his loving and devoted wife of almost 34 years, Harriet Schon. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind his sister Judith Yoblick of Edison NJ. Andrew is also survived by his three sons (and spouses), Steven Schon (Helene) of Pennington NJ, Richard Schon (Michele) of Plainview NY and David Schon (Bonnie) of Hauppauge NY. His grandchildren include Brian Schon, Jillian Schon (fiancé Gregg), Alec Schon, Marissa Schon and Tyler Schon. Andrew is also survived by two stepdaughters; Lisa Bissell of Ft. Lauderdale FL and her children Helyna and Gerald, and Stephanie Solomon and her fiancé Chris Saitta of Seattle WA. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Andrew Schon was born in Budapest, Hungary to George and Selma Schon on May 24, 1937. At the outset of World War II in Europe in 1939, George Schon had to serve in a forced labor camp along with other Hungarian Jews. He continued to serve with minimal furloughs until 1944 when he was taken POW by the Russian Army. In March 1944, German forces occupied Hungary. Andrew, then 7 years old relied on his mother’s resourcefulness and kindness of friends to avoid being captured and placed in concentration camps by the Nazis. The Russians liberated Hungary later in 1944 and Andrew, Selma and George were reunited in late 1945. Andrew’s sister Judith was born a year later.

In 1956, Andrew, then 19 years old, was attending Engineering School and working for the Railroad. In late October of that year, a student protest escalated into a revolt against Soviet-imposed policies. This protest attracted thousands as they marched through central Budapest. By the end of October, Andrew was obligated to report for mandatory military service. However, during this period, the Soviets retreated and there appeared to be an impending negotiated withdrawal of Soviet rule. However, in early November, a large Soviet force invaded Budapest and other regions of the country and thwarted the revolution. At this time, being considered AWOL from his mandatory service, Andrew made plans to escape Hungary. He used his credentials from and knowledge of the Railroad system to help force a train to stop only one mile from the Austrian border. He managed to safely enter Austria on foot. His linguistic skills allowed him to effectively serve as a German – Hungarian interpreter for other refugees being processed. This service helped expedite his receiving a visa to enter the United States in January 1957.

Andrew assimilated quickly into American culture and raised his three sons with his first wife Sheila in Flushing NY. He was an active civic leader in the community, serving on the board of directors for Embassy Co-op, North Flushing Swim Club, Mitchell Linden Baseball League and local Cub Scouts. He was also the NYPD liaison in the community during the Son of Sam attacks in 1977.

Andrew had a successful career as a Mechanical Engineer, retiring approximately 10 years ago. He continued to provide leadership and mentorship with the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of The City Of New York. Also, he volunteered on a regular basis as a patient advocate with White Plains Hospital.

Funeral service will be held at 12:45pm on Sunday, March 15 at Sharon Gardens (Kensico) Cemetery – 273 Lakeview Avenue, Valhalla NY 10595. (

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Service Details

  • Graveside Funeral Service

    Sunday, March 15th, 2020 | 12:45pm
    Sharon Gardens Cemetery
    Lakeview Ave
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Sunday, March 15th, 2020
    Attendees please meet in waiting room building by front office at 11:45 am.
    Rabbi Hoffman
  • Interment

    Sunday, March 15th, 2020 | 12:45pm
    Sharon Gardens Cemetery (Jewish Faith)
    273 Lakeview Ave
    Valhalla, NY
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Sunday, March 15th, 2020

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brian schon

grandpa I will remember you always you gave m,e the best pictures you loved me unconditionally you and harriet took care of me when I was real little I loved all the barbeques and family outings such a warm loving family we have so lucky to be a part of it I will love you always love brian
Comment | Posted at 04:05pm via Condolence

My deepest condolences to the family. I remember Andy very well. He was soft spoken, my father loved talking to him. He was an inspiration and is leaving a great legacy. RIP dear Andy.
Comment | Posted at 10:02am via Condolence

Joanie Rizzio

So sorry for your loss. Joanie and Richard Rizzio
Comment | Posted at 10:41am via Condolence

Joe DiCesare

Very sorry to hear of your family’s loss.
Comment | Posted at 09:15am via Condolence

Joanne DiCesare

Prayers and sorrow with you at this time. He was a wonderful and gentle man who was rich with love and talent. His legacy lives on through his sons and family. 🙏
Comment | Posted at 10:54pm via Condolence

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