Rob Schneider is mourning the loss of his mother Pilar, who died at 91 on Sunday.
The San Francisco-born actor, 57, took to Instagram on Tuesday revealing that Pilar, a teacher, had passed away ‘peacefully’ following ‘a perfect Sunday evening family dinner surrounded with loved ones at her side.’
He added, ‘I am proud to be able to say that I am the son of Pilar Monroe Schneider.’
RIP: Rob Schneider, 57, took to Instagram revealing that Pilar, a teacher, had died ‘peacefully’ following ‘a perfect Sunday evening family dinner surrounded with loved ones at her side’
The Saturday Night Live alum went into detail about his mother’s resilience amid a difficult upbringing in the Philippines amid World War II.
He wrote, ‘Pilar grew up without a father (an American Soldier she never met until by accident 22 years later in San Francisco) who abandoned her family before Pilar was born. Pilar’s brother’s John and Bill were both killed by the Japanese as teenagers.’
He continued: ‘There was never enough food … the family survived because of Pilar and her ingenuity. Her mother and sisters sewed pajamas from bedsheets and traded them with the farmers for sweet potatoes (kamotes), the ones that the Japanese didn’t steal from her.’
Schneider, who accompanied the emotional post with a picture of a family outing at Arizona’s Butterfly Wonderland, talked about his late mother’s move to the U.S. following her graduation from a Manila university.
Moving: The actor said, ‘I am proud to be able to say that I am the son of Pilar Monroe Schneider’
Wisdom: Schneider shared a tweet of a St. Francis de Sales quotation his late mother had displayed in her room
‘Pilar not only survived, she thrived, getting her master’s degree as a reading specialist and was elected to the School board in Pacifica California getting more votes than Bill Clinton,’ he said. ‘Pilar became a beloved teacher for 3 decades and three generations of children who would be grateful that years later she remembered every one of their names.
‘After retiring from teaching Pilar made sure that the Schools in her town where she raised all her children, Pacifica, all had music teachers and music classes, a program she ran for 15 years.’
He referenced his late father Marvin Schneider, saying that his mother ‘spoke often of joining her beloved husband of 39 years’ and that the ‘day has come for them to be together.’
Rob, pictured in 2019 in LA, went into detail about his mother’s resilience amid a difficult upbringing in the Philippines amid World War II
The SNL alum had a Netflix special last year titled Asian Momma, Mexican Kids
Schneider had his mom make cameos in films he was in such as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Hot Chick and The Animal.
Schneider, who had a Netflix special last year titled Asian Momma, Mexican Kids, also shared a tweet of a St. Francis de Sales quotation his late mother had displayed in her room.
It read, ‘Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow… The same everlasting father… Who cares for you today… will take care of you… tomorrow and the next day.’
He captioned the shot, ‘From my mother Pilar’s room… May it grant you peace as well.’