Paulette C. Schreiber

Paulette SchreiberPaulette C. Schreiber, 61, of 265 Old Kersey Road, Kersey, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family after a lengthy illness.

She was born June 11, 1954, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Louis B. Luchini and Hazel Lavella Luchini who survives of Kersey.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from the Elk County Christian High School, Class of 1972, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Class of 1976, and from Penn State University in 1997 as a Nurse Practitioner.  Since 1976, Paulette had worked at the local hospital and in 2000 she instituted the Women’s Health Care Center at Penn Highlands Elk.

On June 10, 1978, in the St. Boniface Church, she married Robert J. Schreiber, Jr., who survives.  She is also survived by a daughter, Rachel Schreiber and her fiancé Seth Rhed of Kersey; a son, Joseph R. Schreiber of Black Mountain, NC; a sister, Barbara Handwerger and her husband Joseph of St. Marys; and by many nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by the Schreiber family, who considered her their sister.

Paulette’s extraordinary talents led her to have a successful practice in women’s health care.  She was consumed in her work and provided conscientious, compassionate, empathetic care to all of her clients.  Paulette cared about her patients and that was evident in her focus of women’s health issues.  She wanted to see her women long-term.

She also served in the community that she loved.  She would often give talks providing education, advocacy, and outreach support on most any health care issue she was asked to speak about, including the Susan G. Komen, PA Breast Cancer Coalition, American Cancer Society, and Environmental Health Conferences.  On her days off from seeing patients, you could spot her tirelessly attending health fairs.

In addition to the fact that she was beautiful inside and out, she had a wonderful sense of humor and laughed often.  Paulette never backed away from any challenge in her life, a trait that served her well as she faced cancer diagnoses, surgeries, and chemotherapy.  Knowledge, strength, and grace would define Paulette.  She was poised and she was graceful.

Unfortunately, her own cancer took her life.  She learned what terminal illness can teach.  She did not let her cancer get her down.  Paulette did not take her life for granted.  Her life was much richer because of it.

Her death is a loss not just to her loved ones, friends, colleagues, and patients, but for the entire area.  Paulette was loved by her patients and in return she loved them back.

She was a member of the St. Boniface Church, where she served as a lector and an usher.  What Paulette enjoyed most was spending time with her family, especially her children.  Our family would not be the same without her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Boniface Church on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Ross Miceli, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Penn Highlands Elk, c/o Women’s Health Care, in memory of Paulette Schreiber, 763 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

“My work has become my life.  I eat, breathe, and sleep women’s health.”

Glenn & Angie Vollmer & Family November 22, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Rachel, Joe & Mr. Schreiber:

Our deepest sympathies with you on your recent loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories bring you happiness and God’s love comfort you through this time. Look for signs from her that she is never gone, but always with you in heart and spirit. God Bless you all.

Glenn & Angie Vollmer & Family

Bill and Judy Foley November 22, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Our deepest sympathy to you Rob and the all the family. Paulette is at peace and is in heaven looking down on you all. May she rest in peace. Prayers and love to you all.

Roben Daghir November 22, 2015 at 6:57 pm

So sorry to learn of Paulette’s passing. She was there when I had my twins and she was there for me years later when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was an angel on earth and so very kind and understanding. My life is better for having known her.

Jennifer November 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this time.
The Defilippi Family

Chrissy and Jason Kuhar November 22, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Please accept our deep condolences for your loss. Paulette was an amazing, intelligent, beautiful woman who positively touched the lives of so many. May you find peace knowing she made an incredible impact on this community. We are so humbled and feel privileged and blessed to have known her. May we rejoice in her life as God welcomes her to His kingdom.

Cynthia Caggiano November 22, 2015 at 7:57 pm

God speed, Paulette. This entire surrounding community is a much better place because of you. RIP your battle is over.

David Conway November 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

I am saddened by Paulette’s death. It was an honor and pleasure to have known her and worked with her.

Jane Bryndel November 22, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Paulette was a true advocate for women’s health. She cared about the full person – body, mind and spirit. She will be a huge loss to the our area and hospital. My sympathy to your family.

Molly (Sloff) Uberti November 22, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Mr. Schreiber,
To you and your children, and all of your family my heartfelt condolences for your loss. She was a beautiful person, inside and out and touched so many lives, as all good people do. May the love you shared console you, and may God’s love carry you through these and all the hard days ahead.
Molly (Sloff) Uberti and my family

Patti Cosentino Brem November 22, 2015 at 8:48 pm

I’ve known Paulette more than half of my life. Quite honored to have had her as a friend and confident. Incredible human being – she had a heart of gold. I’ve often heard there are “angels among us” and I’m quite convinced she was one of them, just as I am certain she is one in heaven now & will continue to be with us as long as we hold her in our hearts. To her family, you are all in my hearts and prayers. May God help you find peace during this most difficult time.

Jessica Tegano November 22, 2015 at 8:52 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Paulette’s family and friends. She was a wonderful woman. She will be greatly missed.

Fran & Linda Gagliardi November 22, 2015 at 8:59 pm

So sorry for your loss.

Nancy Mosier Metz November 22, 2015 at 9:05 pm

So very sorry for your loss. My God bless your family.

Valerie Biel November 22, 2015 at 9:12 pm

So sorry for your loss. I am 1 year breast cancer free. Paulette encouraged me to fight cancer years ago. She will be missed by so many. I had seen her at the Hahne Clinic a year ago but I thought she was working there. So sorry. A beautiful lady.

ROSE {McMANIGLE} SCHLODER November 22, 2015 at 9:23 pm


Marjorie Thompson November 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm

My condolences to the family and all friends and love ones. RIP, Paulette.

Elaine Lee November 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm

My heart is broken. Paulette was a truly extraordinary woman and the world is a much better place because of her. It is with love that I send hugs and prayers to Rob, Rachel and Joe! I will always have wonderful memories of your dear mom and all of you.

Willis & Linda Glass November 22, 2015 at 9:50 pm

Rob, Rachel & Joseph,
Willy and I are truly sorry for your loss. Paulette was a special lady, and will be missed.
Willy & Linda Glass

Marilyn Secco November 22, 2015 at 10:08 pm

My sincere sympathy for the loss of your beautiful, caring, and dedicated wife and mother. Our community mourns her loss as well, as she did so much to advance the cause of women’s health.
I remember her especially as a member of the 6th grade class at St. Boniface, which was my very first classroom assignment as a teacher. I saw such a desire in her to learn everything she could, and I remember staying after school with her teaching her to type, of all things! She was an eager learner who always went above the basic requirements of an assignment to produce her best work. This quality remained throughout her life.

Sis and Tom Gornati November 22, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Sending prayers and condolences to Rob and family. She’ll always be in our hearts and never forgotten in our community. God’s blessings to help yous through this. God bless.

Margie and Nick Fritz November 22, 2015 at 10:26 pm

There are no words to explain the sorrow I feel with Paulette’s passing. What I can say is how incredibly graceful she was in all aspects including her fight for life, never giving up. Many prayers and so much sympathy go out to all of her family. Women’s Healthcare will never be the same without Paulette. One thing is for sure, Paulette will live on in the hearts of so many of us. Miss you already my friend.

Barbara Pope November 22, 2015 at 11:07 pm

I am so sad to learn of your loss. I am living in Colorado now, but was living and working in Ridgway when I met Paulette. Was at the Med-Express there. Worked with Paulette and then decided I wanted her for my personal caregiver. She was the most wonderful woman, in all ways. Made everyone feel special and loved. I pray for her and her family. She has left many wonderful memories for all of us. She was a major credit to her profession and to Elk County Reg. Medical Center.

Sadly, Barbara Pope

Brenda Hodgdon November 22, 2015 at 11:21 pm

She was a wonderful woman. She took care of me for years. I never left her office without a warm hug. She helped and took care of women even when she needed help and caring for herself. So dedicated….I love her….Rest in peace Paulette.

Vicky Detsch Barker November 23, 2015 at 12:31 am

May her beautiful soul rest in heaven with her loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Paulette will be missed my many.

God Bless her and her loving family.

Bill and Victoria Barker

Marti November 23, 2015 at 1:23 am

Thank you for all you have done for the health of women in Elk County.

Julie November 23, 2015 at 6:40 am

What a beautiful and amazing lady. I’m grateful to have been a patient off hers! She always ended each appointment with a hug. And spoke of her family with absolute love. She will be sadly missed.

Lisa Mancuso November 23, 2015 at 6:51 am

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry.

Sue Riddle November 23, 2015 at 6:52 am

Paulette led by example and will be missed tremendously by the countless women that she tirelessly served. I feel honored to have known her. My sincere sympathy is extended to all of you.

Sue Riddle

Sherri and Dan Wortman November 23, 2015 at 7:03 am

Our sympathy to you and your family, Rachael.

Deedee Burgeson November 23, 2015 at 7:40 am

My deepest condolences to the family and friends that love and miss her dearly.

The Klaiber KReW November 23, 2015 at 9:14 am

So ‘SORRY’ to hear of Paulette’s passing. Thinking of her, Rob & Family at this ‘SAD’ time. I am sure she will continue her ‘Caring with Wings’ now in the next Chapter.

Julie November 23, 2015 at 9:52 am

I will miss you so!

Donna & Bob Holjencin November 23, 2015 at 10:22 am

Dear Rob, Rachel, and Joe,
So sorry, Paulette was an amazing lady. I will always treasure her hug she gave me after every visit I had with her.
She is going to be with you all in spirit; you will get signs from her.
You all are in our prayers and thoughts. I’m out of town so I will see you when I get home. God bless you all. She will be missed terribly.
Your friends,
The Holjencin’s

Bonita Auman November 23, 2015 at 10:30 am

Paulette, I will truly miss you. Your long service for women was your life’s journey. Your name is love and you gave it freely. My condolences to your family.

Kim Granche November 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm

So sorry for your loss. Yes, it is a loss for the entire area. It was a priviledge to have known her.

Mary Kay Frey November 23, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Paulette has been a true inspiration to many to persevere thru many obstacles life throws at you. Her love of her clients and care she always gave them will be missed by all. Thank you Rob and your family for sharing her with the community. May your faith help you thru this difficult time. God Bless.

Diane Scutella November 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Dear Schreiber & Luchini Families,
I don’t remember the year I started going to Paulette. After my exam, I always hugged her, & said “God bless you for what you do for women”.
Then we would both get teary! This community has truly lost a jewel of a human being. I echo the sentiments of what others also have posted about her. I will miss her dearly. She had such strength & courage. Heaven received a beautiful angel. Rest in God’s perfect peace, sweet lady!

Cheryl Rettger November 23, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Paulette was truly a remarkable lady. Such a caring person and her hugs will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Paulette’s family and friends.

Heidi Garner November 23, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Rob and family, God bless you as you go through this. Paulette was a extra special person. Remember her always as smiling and such a caring woman. So strong in all that she did. Keep the memories of that beautiful person and she will always be a shining star in Heaven.

Betty Walter November 23, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Sending my thoughts and prayers to Paulette’s family. She will be so dearly missed. Always so kind, caring, and compassionate. Always willing to listen. No one will be able to fill her shoes. No one. Ever.

Lara Reynolds November 23, 2015 at 3:22 pm

My thoughts and prayers to all of you. Paulette was and is an extraordinary woman and will be incredibly missed. She touched hundreds of lives in so many ways. It was an honor knowing her.

Patty Haberberger November 23, 2015 at 4:56 pm

There are no words to express my sadness. Paulette was so very special to me as well as many in this community. She will be truly missed!

Sharon Dorothy November 23, 2015 at 8:27 pm

We were so sorry to hear of Paulette’s passing. Dennis wanted you to know that his daughter Whitney lives in Black Mountain and is going to look up your son.
Dennis & Lisa Simbeck
Sharon & Dick Dorothy
Helen Simbeck

Debra & David Gschwendtner November 23, 2015 at 8:32 pm

Rob, Rachel & Joe,
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful, loving mother & wife. We are all saddened by the passing of Paulette who was taken from this life much too young. May your memories & the love & support of family & friends help you deal w/ your grief.
Dave & Debbie Gschwendtner

Barbara Linder November 23, 2015 at 9:15 pm

May the love and generosity Paulette gave everyone, return to each of you to give you the faith, comfort, & courage so needed at this time. God bless each of you.

Dave Kneidel November 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Rob, Rachel and Joe,
You have my most sincere condolences. Paulette’s positive influences, as a friend, wife, mother and care provider will continue to affect us all.
She certainly will be missed.
About 15 years ago, you (Rob) and Paulette came to our house after Lois was diagnosed. You offered advice, friendship, and assurance.
I offer the same to you. Please call any time you need an ear or a shoulder.
Your friend,

Jerry Krishart November 24, 2015 at 6:16 am

Rob, so sorry to hear about Paulette. Our thoughts are with you and your family. I happily remember Paulette from our times in Kersey and at IUP.

Pauline Gausman November 24, 2015 at 8:02 am

My deepest sympathy to the Schreiber family. Paulette was a truly beautiful woman. She gave so much of herself to her patients, friends and family. She will be missed by this community. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

David Moore November 24, 2015 at 10:43 am

My deep sympathy to the Schreiber family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mary Lee Kastner November 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

Hazel & Barbie & Robert:
I am so very sorry for your loss. Paulette was always such a kind and wonderful person and you all can be so proud of all she accomplished in her life. You can bet she is one of God’s Angels now. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I know she will be missed so much but you will see her again in heaven.

Roxanne Horner November 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm

To the Schreiber Family, I am so sorry and send my Heart felt Sympathy to you.

Marcy Bencivenga November 24, 2015 at 4:44 pm

My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to all who loved Paulette. She served as an advisor to the Northern Appalachia Cancer Network at Penn State College of Medicine for the past 10 years.

She was a model health care provider always making time to both respectfully educate and treat her patients so they could make the best health care decisions possible. I was always impressed that she made time after her busy clinical schedule to do community outreach to help others understand the importance of early detection of cancer and other chronic diseases. She was a wonderful research partner adding data collection to her already busy schedule. Paulette was truly an inspiration to all who knew her.

I feel blessed to have known her.

Ginny Schneider November 24, 2015 at 6:16 pm

My condolences to the family and friends of Paulette. She was by my side the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer
J will never forget her kindness and help on one of the worst day of my life. I will always remember her with highest regards and love.

Kathy and Mike Reuscher November 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm

Mr. Schreiber, Rachel, Joe, Luchini Family and Schreiber Family:
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Paulette was truly an amazing person and a fighter for Women. I remember that when my doctor was leaving the area I thought “now what do I do”. It was my sister who told me “go to Paulette you will love her”. I did and I did truly loved her. I don’t know what I would have done without her. Thank you all for sharing this AMAZING WOMEN with our community. She will be sadly missed, and for me, a lasting friendship that I will never forget. May all of you feel the hugs from us, that loved her.

Patty Bonghi November 24, 2015 at 7:49 pm

I just heard of the passing of Paulette Schreiber. Paulette was my cousin and before they built their home, she and Rob were also next door neighbors. Paulette gave me allergy shots when we lived in Kersey and my daughter babysat for Joey. When they built their new home, she graciously invited me to use their Jacuzzi and when they added a pool, she said my kids could come out anytime to swim (and they did). We conferred on genealogy and how one of our surnames had been changed at Ellis Island. I was no longer living in the area when she started The Woman’s Health Care Clinic, but I heard wonderful things about it. The last time I saw Paulette she was getting ready to start classes and training at Penn State for NP.
Today I am remembering so many things about her…she will be greatly missed, not only by family and friends, but I am sure in the community!
My deepest condolences Rob, Joe and Rachel…..

Staff and advisors of Northern Appalachia Cancer Network November 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

We will always remember Paulette for the tireless and sincere effort that she gave to her local community. Her smile and enthusiasm for health and life were contagious. We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Robert and the family members at this time of loss.

Bill Booth November 29, 2015 at 8:32 pm

To the family of Paulette Schrieber,

I want to let you know how wonderful Paulette treated me and what a special person I believe she was. My name is Bill Booth and I was a pharmaceutical sales rep who called on Paulette as a customer for a number of years. It’s been almost a decade now since I last saw her but I can’t tell you how sad I was to see her passing.
I met her as a young sales rep with little experience and lots of ambition. She was kind enough to meet with me on many occasions and it was evident she truly loved what she did. Her passion was transparent and contagious. In my field as a sales person we are not often treated well, and that’s putting it kindly. Paulette always treated me with respect and warmth. It challenged me to do my job well, and make sure that every time I spoke with her I brought her or her patients something of value.
I am so grateful for who she was, how she treated me and the passion she approached her craft with. Please accept my deepest sympathies. The world is a little less wonderful without her.
God Bless. Warm Regards,
Bill Booth

Gina (Tamburlin) and Jim Geer December 6, 2015 at 10:07 am

We were so very sorry to hear of your loss. Paulette was a WONDERFUL person that I have such fond memories of both from my childhood as well as my adulthood. She was an amazing person. Rachel, I can’t even imagine what you are going through and I do hope that you know that you are in my thoughts and I am sending you hugs. We were unable to attend the services and I was upset about it, but I am sure that there were MANY that were there as she was so loved by so many. I know that there are no words that will help at this time, but please know that both Jim and I are thinking of you all at this time! Sincerely, Gina and Jim Geer

Jane Huff December 7, 2015 at 9:11 pm

To Rob & Hazel, Barb & to all of Paulette’s family- I was very sad to learn of Paulette passing away. Even though we all knew it was inevitable with her cancer- it was still hard when she left us. What a fighter she was and strong physically & emotionally. I remember years ago when she literally ran all over town- she was an inspiration to all of us. And also continuing her practice, her volunteer work at St. Boniface and all the other wonderful things she did in spite of her illness. There must have been many days when she did not feel well at all but she still continued with life with grace and dignity. I greatly admire her for being able to continue throughout her illness. She was a great example to all of us. I also think that she was stronger physically than most because of her running and being very fit years ago and that she was able to be with us longer than others would with her diagnosis. She did not let it stop her from living her life so fully and so caring of others.
Ed & I offer our greatest sympathies during this very difficult time and we hope that you are comforted knowing that you will all meet her again and she is now with Jesus and watching over all of you..
Love & Prayers, Jane & Ed Huff

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