LaVern A. Breindel

LaVern Breindel2LaVern A. Breindel, 91, a resident of Silver Creek Terrace and formerly of Maine and Florida, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home after an illness of the past two months. He was born on June 16, 1924, in Saint Marys, son of the late William and Clara Lenze Breindel. He was a graduate of Central High School, class of 1943 and a graduate of Valparaiso Technical Institute in Indiana. He had worked for Sylvania in Emporium and in Bangor, Maine.

On August 17, 1946, in the Saint Marys Church, he married Helen M. Meyer and she preceded him in death on January 24, 2014.

He is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Sue Wheeler and her husband, Sherwood, of Haddonfield, NJ; Mary Beth Schaut and her husband, Donald, of Saint Marys; two sons, Thomas L. Breindel and his wife, Debra, of Dedham, Maine; Timothy J. Breindel and his wife, Ellen, of Holden, Maine; eight grandchildren, Angela Bennett, Kelly Salyards, Robert Schaut, Dr. David Wheeler, Anne Marie Clemens, Jody Butilier, Jill Breindel, and J.T. Breindel; 6 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Bon, of Saint Marys; and a sister-in-law, Patricia Schmidt, and her husband, Wolfgang, of Colorado.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Clara Schatz and Margaret Breindel; and by three brothers, Frederick, William, and Leo Breindel.

LaVern was a member of Queen of the World Church, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War having served in the United States Navy, was an Eagle Scout in Troop 97, and enjoyed square dancing, hiking, and woodworking.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Noon with the Rev. Richard Allen, pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the Saint Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Burial will follow in the Saint Marys Cemetery.

Visitation will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:30 AM.

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, Saint Marys, PA 15857; or to the Silver Creek Terrace, 791 Johnsonburg Road, Saint Marys, PA 15857.

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Dale and Janet Forster June 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family. So many wonderful memories of camping.

Margie and Nick Fritz June 3, 2016 at 9:56 pm

Angie, my deepest sympathy to you and all of your family on the passing of your grandfather. I remember him from so many years ago. You are truly Blessed to have had him in your life. My prayers and thoughts remain with you.
Margie Fritz

Joan Smith June 5, 2016 at 12:46 pm

A memory– Many years ago my youngest two sons and I traveled to ME to visit my daughter. We attended Mass at a Catholic Church there. To my surprise LaVern & Helen were there and they recognized me. We enjoyed blueberry muffins & coffee at their house. I always think of them at blueberry time. My prayers are with your family.

Gerri Ireland June 6, 2016 at 12:13 pm

We are so, terribly, sorry for the loss of your dad and grandfather! Pain from loss indicates that there was great love present and that is a precious gift. Find comfort in God and close friends and family, at this very difficult time, and cherish the memories that he had left behind. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all! Love Always, Mike, Gerri, Kevin and Jenna Ireland & Mary Jane Palmer

Becca Bolitiski June 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

So sorry to hear about your father. Keeping you and and your family in my prayers!

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