Obituaries February 28, 2013

Published on: February 28, 2013

Donald E. Schreiber

Donald E Schreiber, of Sun City Center, FL and Depew, NY, died November 30, 2012 in the Sun City Center Hospice House after a brief illness. Donald was predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth Ferkel Schreiber and Edward Schreiber of Buffalo, NY, and nephew Paul Costantino of Latham, NY.  His older sister, Margaret Burnham of Winchester, MA died February 3, 2013.

Born in Buffalo, Don was a graduate of Technical High School and Canisius College. He served honorably in the Army after World War II as part of the occupation force in Japan. He worked 40 years as a loyal employee of J. Burnham Inc. appliance and furniture store, retiring in 1989 after serving for 20 years as corporate secretary. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2692, serving as treasurer for 18 years until 2003.

An avid sports fan, Don enjoyed golf, swimming, euchre, traveling and dancing. He remained proudly independent throughout his life. He is survived by his sister Jeanette Schreiber Costantino and her husband Carl of New Bern, NC, and eight nieces and nephews, all who loved him dearly.

A mass of Christian burial will be held 9 a.m. May 18, 2013 at Resurrection R.C. Church in Cheektowaga, NY, with interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Arrangements by Paul Kloc Blossom Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to LifePath Hospice 12973 N. Parkway, Suite 100, Temple Terrace, FL 33637 or Resurrection R.C. Church 130 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.


Michael C. Skrivanie

Michael C. Skrivanie, 67, of Ruskin, Fla. passed away February 23, 2013. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam Conflict and worked as an armored security messenger for Brinks. He was preceded in death by his father Claude Skrivanie.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Veronica; son Jason Skrivanie; granddaughter Samantha Skrivanie; mother Helen Skrivanie; sister Claudia Nys; mother-in-law Margaret Wells; and nephews Christopher and Steven Havlichek.

There will be no services. Memorials may be made to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Michael’s name.

Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.


John Ernest Wenzel, Jr.

John E Wenzel, Jr., 85, passed away on February 11, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born and lived in the New Orleans area most of his life. He served in the Marine Corps, worked as an X-ray technician, and successfully operated his business, Rent-Rite, for 28 years.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Iris Ellis Wenzel; son John III; daughters Cathy Lauro (Michael) of Sun City Center, Florida, and Deslie Broome (Bryan); five grandsons—Mike, Johnny, Sean, Dustin, and Brian; great-granddaughter Leila; brothers August and Frederick; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Johannes and Mildred, sister Lydia Beikmann, and daughter-in-law Lorraine Wenzel. He and Iris were able to enjoy life in Sun City Center for a total of eight months.

He was an extraordinary man—an avid reader, math whiz, sawdust engineer, woodcarver, skilled draftsman, Silva Mind Control instructor, and devoted Saints fan. He was very kind, gentle, peace-loving, funny, generous, and always had a wonderful, positive attitude. He loved deeply, lived joyfully, and was successful. He was loved and indeed will be missed! “Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.”

A memorial service was held in Covington, LA. Thirteen Marines attended to provide Military Funeral Honors, including a 21-gun salute to honor his service to our country.

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