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Edward M. Schenker

Sharon, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 12 Dec 2004 (aged 84)
Hermitage, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Hermitage, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 110179711 · View Source
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Edward M. Schenker, 84, of 1010 Woodview Place, Hermitage, a lifelong area resident and retired businessman, died Dec. 12, 2004, in his home, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Schenker had owned and operated the former Schenker's Market at 495 George St., Sharon, a grocery and meat
business founded in 1917 by his father, Martin.

He assumed responsibility for running the business at age 18, when his father died unexpectedly, and it remained in the family for 60 years before being sold.

Mr. Schenker took great pride in his work. The neighborhood
store was a gathering place where adults discussed the news of the day and children flocked to buy penny candy or comic books. The market attracted a loyal following of customers who came specifically for the quality fresh meats Mr. Schenker prepared and sold. He was guided by the Golden Rule, and like his father before him, quietly extended a
helping hand to those in need during difficult economic times.

He provided first jobs for many young people through the
years, teaching them the value of hard work and pride in a job well done. During his retirement, he often was approached by former customers who related fond memories of him and his store. He always delighted in seeing
old friends.

Mr. Schenker was born June 28, 1920, in Sharon, a son of
Martin and Katherine Schobel Schenker. He lived in the family home on South Oakland Avenue for nearly 70 years before moving to Hermitage.

He was married to the former Mary Sverchek on Oct. 12,
1947. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary at a
family dinner in 2004.

Mr. Schenker was part of the Greatest Generation of men
and women who served their country during World War II.
He was a member of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division,
the only American division ever trained to fight in mountainous, winter environments. From their base in Camp Hale, Colo., the troops learned various coldweather
survival skills, skills that contributed to pivotal victories against German forces in the mountains of Italy in 1944- 45, helping to bring the war to an end. Mr. Schenker was seriously wounded during the division's
assault to take Mount Belvedere in Italy's Po Valley.
He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Mr. Schenker was devoted to his family. He enjoyed traveling, spending time at his summer cottage, and keeping
abreast of current events and financial news. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his wife,Mary; a daughter Betsy Carroll
and her husband, James, of Oil City; two sons, Edward and his wife, Stephanie, of Ventura, Calif.; and Eric and his wife, Andrea, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Matt Carroll of Oil City; Martin and
Nadine Schenker of Ventura; and Erica Schenker of Santa
Barbara. He was looking forward to the birth of another
grandchild in May.

Surviving also are two sisters, Freda Troy of Placentia,
Calif.; and Hilda Anderson, of Carpinteria, Calif.; a number of nieces and nephews; and several in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother;
and a 1-year-old son, Martin.

Burial: Cremation with burial to followin Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.

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  • Created by: Andrea Grega
  • Added: 7 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110179711
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edward M. Schenker (28 Jun 1920–12 Dec 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110179711, citing Americas Cemetery, Hermitage, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Andrea Grega (contributor 47056707) .