Robert A. Schatz, 89, of 753 Washington Rd., St. Marys, died Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 8, 1922, in St. Marys, son of the late Henry and Beatrice Marshall Schatz, and was preceded in death by his grandmother Anna, who had raised him.
On Oct. 20, 1945, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Frances Celin, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys public schools. He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1978 after over 40 years of service.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and a veteran of the Army, having served in WWII in the European Theatre. He also enjoyed cars, working in his yard with his wife, and being with his family.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Donald H. Schatz (Barbara), of St. Marys, Larry R. Schatz (Serena), of St. Marys; three grandchildren, Aaron Schatz, Michelle Showalter, and Bryce Schatz; two step-grandchildren, Ryan Keller and Sierra Corbett; and three great-grandchildren, Jackson Showalter, Emily Schatz, and Bailey Schatz.
Besides his parents and grandmother, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice Bauer and Nellie Collington; and by one brother, Thomas Schatz.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert A. Schatz will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Eric Vogt, pastor, as celebrant.
Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, March 30, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857; or to the Veterans' Monument, P.O. Box 594, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.