Comedian Rob Schneider with his mother, Pilar.
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MANILA – Comedian Rob Schneider paid a loving tribute to his Filipina mother, Pilar Monroe Schneider, who died on Monday (January 11) in the US.
Pilar died of natural causes at her Pacific California home. She was 91.
In an Instagram post, Rob said that his mother “passed away peacefully after spending a perfect Sunday evening family dinner surrounded with loved ones at her side”.
The comedian said his mother, a World War 2 survivor, was raised by her aunt from until she was three years old because her mother had small pox. Pilar’s father, an American soldier, abandoned the family before Pilar was born.
“Then one day this well-dressed family showed up and told her they were her family and introduced her to her mother, Victoria,” Rob said about his mother.
Pilar grew grew up in the Philippines where she helped her family survive by making pajamas from bedsheets that she and her mother traded for sweet potatoes.
“There was never enough food during the war,” Rob said, adding that her mother’s family survived on the sweet potatoes “that the Japanese didn’t steal from her”.
After the war, Pilar was able to go to school “because she and her sister found money that the Japanese buried in a cave, along with what they thought were metal pineapples that turned out to be hand grenades”.
After graduating from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Pilar moved to the US in the 1950s where she “thrived, getting her master’s degree as a reading specialist and was elected to the school board in Pacifica California”.
Pilar spent three decades teaching elementary school.
“Three generations of children who would be grateful that years later she remembered every one of their names,” the comedian said. “Pilar spoke often of joining her beloved husband of 39 years, my lovely father Marvin Schneider… That day has come for them to be together.”
“I am proud to be able to say that I am the son of Pilar Monroe Schneider,” Rob said.
Pilar had appeared in several of Rob’s films, including Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Animal, The Hot Chick and Big Stan. She was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and also acted in commercials.
Pilar is survived by her sister, Rose, her sister-in-law Lenice, her children Stanley, April, John and Rob, step-daughter Linda, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. CAM/Expat Media
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