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Herbert Schachinger

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Herbert Schachinger 1925 - 2009 BONDVILLE Herbert Schachinger passed away at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on May 27, 2009. Herbie was born on Jan. 20, 1925, in Branau, Austria. His wife, Gretl, and his son, Christoph, emigrated from Vienna, Austria, to Montreal in 1952, and then moved to Magic Mountain in 1962. In 1965, Herbie opened Liftline Lodge on Stratton Mountain, where he reigned as a renowned chef and proud host until the early 1990's. He was much loved and was very proud to be the chef for the Manchester Meals on Wheels program. Herbie was, in many ways, a Renaissance man.He was a man of many interests, self-taught, a seeker of information and of novel ideas, a man of dignity and of extreme generosity. He sought and appreciated knowledge. He was a voracious reader, a lover of history and politics. Herbie cherished life in Vermont, loving the people, the mountains and the spirit of community. He sought out others, was not without an opinion and could never be dissuaded from engaging in highly charged conversations, whether at the bar in his younger years, or later at the Winhall Market and the Post Office. Those who met him, even for a short amount of time, did not easily forget him. He certainly made his mark on the world and we are a better people for the privilege of having known him. He will be remembered for living a full life, a life of generosity. Those who knew him will never forget him speeding down the mountain on his red Moto Guzzi, dancing til dawn at Haig's, and of course, his passion for cooking and baking. Anyone whoever tasted his specialties will forever savor his goulash, schnitzel, palatschinken, hasenpfeffer, mushroom dumplings, apfelstrudel, sachertorte, and the list goes on. Herbie was fiercely independent until the day he died, despite numerous illnesses. Most recently, he is remembered driving his little silver car, making his daily trips to the Winhall Market and the Post Office, caring about his family and home. He was a man of deep faith and was extremely proud of his days teaching catechism class at St. Paul's. Herbie leaves his grandson, Christian Schachinger and his wife, Beth, and his two great -grandsons, Alexander and John, of Long Island, N.Y.; his granddaughter, Kira Schachinger of Burlington; his daughter-in-law, Nancy Schachinger of Bondville, and the dear Oberleitner family in Montreal and Austria. MEMORIAL NOTICE: A Memorial Mass will be held at Christ our Savior Parish/St. Paul's Catholic Church in Manchester on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at 11: a.m., followed by a celebration of his life at the Schachinger home at 34 Kendall Farm Road. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Herbie's memory be made to the Mountain Valley Health Center or Manchester Meals on Wheels c/o BREWSTER FUNERAL SERVICE, P.O. Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family. please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 2, 2009
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