Douglas A. Schlabach

Douglas A. Schlabach, 75, of 560 Chestnut Street, St. Marys, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021, at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie, due to this serious and deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

He was born October 22, 1945, in Alden, NY, son of the late Albert and Dorothy Heist Schlabach.  Doug was a graduate of Alden High School, Class of 1963, and also pursued additional schooling in Washington DC for the Xerox Company.  He had been a resident of St. Marys since 1980 and worked for 33 years for the Xerox Company and the past 15 years for Accusort.

On October 18, 1974, in St. John’s Church in Alden, NY, Doug married Theresa M. “Teri” Straub, who survives.  He is also survived by his daughter, Beth Horvatin and her partner, Bill Ruprecht of St. Marys; two grandsons: Eric Jesberger, his wife, Amber, and their daughter, Olivia Wright of Freedom, PA and Roman Jesberger, his partner, Erica Sabolcik, along with her daughters, Ronnie and Macy Schull of Johnsonburg; two sisters: Connie Smith and her husband Rich of Alexander, NY and Peggy LeBaron and her husband Don of Corfu, NY;  by two brothers: Thomas Schlabach and his wife Linda of Lubbock, TX and Gary Schlabach and his wife Cindy of Alden, NY; and by two brothers-in-law: Kenneth Straub of DuBois and M. Paul Straub of Tacoma, WA.

In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Richard G. Straub formerly of Greenville, SC, and his sister-in-law, Barbara Williams of Muncy, PA.

Doug was known for his loving dedication to his family.  He had a passion for his church community at Shiloh Evangelical Presbyterian Church, of which he was a faithful follower and held many chairs.  He was most passionate about his missions work at the church, which he co-chaired the missions committee.  He was an avid outdoorsman and was a life member of the Millgrove Sportsmen’s Club in New York.  Doug enjoyed bowling, especially in his league where he was a two-time champion.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in the Vietnam War.

A Funeral Service will be celebrated in the Shiloh Evangelical Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Scott Wiest, Pastor, officiating.   Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.   Burial will follow in the St. Marys Protestant Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday morning, from 9:30 until 10:30 AM.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required and social distancing is to be observed.  Although this virus has taken Doug from the Schlabach family, Teri and her family would like to remind all of us the importance of caring for ourselves and our community members, especially during this pandemic.

To honor Doug’s dedication to charitable work, the family asks that any memorial contributions be made to a favorite charity of one’s choice.

Chuck Simpson January 17, 2021 at 5:26 pm

My condolences to the Schlabach family.

Teri Dahl January 17, 2021 at 7:56 pm

We love you Teri and are so sorry for your loss!

The Dahl’s

Kristy Heindl Castina January 17, 2021 at 8:57 pm

So very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Such a nice man! My Mom served with him on Deacon’s committee and always said what a nice man he was so I know he had a wonderful welcome into heaven

joseph Posteraro January 18, 2021 at 5:10 am

I worked with Doug at Accurate Sort. He was a nice guy. My condolences to the family.

Rosanne Wojtaszek January 18, 2021 at 8:43 am

So very sorry for your loss Teri, and the entire Schlabach Family. This has hit home…… My deepest condolences and prayers sent to heal your heart’s.
Love, Rosanne

Jerry Heist January 18, 2021 at 9:17 am

My heartfelt condolences to the family! So sorry for your loss!
Jerry

Nancy Weirich Salter January 18, 2021 at 10:02 am

Very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Doug and my husband enjoyed bowling together. Rest in Peace Doug.

Jim Baumgratz January 18, 2021 at 10:10 am

Teri and family, I am sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Always enjoyed working with Doug through Xerox and later catching up with him at Accurate Sort. He will be missed.

Vicki Mazzaferro January 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm

Teri, Beth, Eric, Roman, Olivia,
Doug was such a happy and friendly guy. I hope your hearts can heal from the loss. Virtual hugs to all.

Ron & Kathy Heist January 18, 2021 at 3:47 pm

Our deepest sympathies to Teri and her family. Doug was always a kind and fun person to be around. Will send a donation to St. Philip Church in Lewisville, Texas for his Remembrance. Love, Ron & Kathy

Mary Lynn Steis January 18, 2021 at 5:59 pm

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Doug at Accurate Sort. He was a great guy. He will be truly missed. Praying for the family.

Tom Leary January 18, 2021 at 6:49 pm

Tom and I send our sincere condolences. Doug will be missed by all who knew him. Tom bowled with Doug and I knew him through his work with Xerox chatting with him on the many times our copier needed his expert help.
God Bless you and give you strength. We will keep you in our prayers. Tom and Janet Leary

Vicky and Ed Glass January 19, 2021 at 5:46 pm

Our heart goes out to Doug’s family. He will be fondly remembered as a very sweet person.

Jackie January 20, 2021 at 11:08 am

So sad. Good luck to the family. Your support network is strong. We will always love Doug.

Dean, Mary, & Ryan Hanes January 21, 2021 at 7:57 pm

So sorry for your loss.
You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Dean, Mary, & Ryan Hanes

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