ROB SCHNEIDER’S FILIPINO MOTHER PASSES AWAY
Hollywood actor Rob Schneider’s Filipino mother, Pilar Monroe Schneider, has died.
Schneider announced the news on social media, saying “she passed away peacefully after spending a perfect Sunday evening family dinner surrounded with loved ones at her side.”
Schneider paid tribute to his mother by sharing her incredible story in his post, from her childhood as a World War II survivor to her legacy as an educator in California.
He said that Pilar was the daughter of an American soldier who left before she was born, and her brothers John and Bill were both killed by the Japanese as teenagers.
Since food was scarce during the war, she would sew pajamas from bedsheets with her mother and trade them for food.
According to Schneider, his mom was able to “pay for school” because she and her sister Rose found some “money the Japanese buried in a cave.”
She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas then moved to the US in the 1950s.
There, she earned her master’s degree as a reading specialist and was later elected to the school board in Pacifica, California, “getting more votes than Bill Clinton.”