LaVern's Story

LaVern 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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