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Louis E. Schatzle

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PETERSBURGH, N.Y. -- Louis E. (Louie) Schatzle of the Taconic Trail died on his 96th birthday, Friday evening, Feb. 18, 2005, at the Center for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington.

Born Feb. 18, 1909 in West Sand Lake, he was the son of the late George and Elizabeth Frank Schatzle. He was the husband of the late Marguerite Heger Schatzle.

At an early age, Louie moved to Lansingburgh and attended school there.

Upon completing school, Mr. Schatzle worked as a lineman for the American Telephone & Telegraph Company. He later owned and operated the Hill Crest garage, filling station and cabins on the Taconic Trail with the late Ida Hewitt for 30 years. During retirement, Louie was elected supervisor of the town of Petersburgh and served eight years. He was one of the last members of the Rensselaer County Board of Supervisors, where he was instrumental in helping to further the Hudson Valley Community College. In addition, he was elected councilman on the Petersburgh Town Board for four years and served as a notary public for 30 years. During World War II, he worked at the Colasta Company in Hoosick Falls in the manufacturing of distributor caps for B-17 and B-24 bombers.

Mr. Schatzle was a long-standing member of the Petersburgh Baptist Church, served as chairman of the board of trustees for 17 years and was instrumental in the rebuilding of the church after it burned in 1981. He received a plaque for his service and dedication to the church. He served for more than 30 years as trustee of the Pleasant Valley-Meadowlawn Cemetery Association, is a former member of the Board of Fire Commissioners and served as a member of the Rensselaer County Auxiliary Police during World War II. He received a plaque from the Petersburgh Fire Department for his generous gifts to the fire company honoring the volunteer firemen who have served without pay or remuneration. He also received an honorary plaque from the Rensselaer County Board of Supervisors for his dedication to county government. In retirement, Louie enjoyed growing Christmas trees, gardening and maintaining his property which he called “The Ponderosa.”

Survivors include two sisters, Ruth Anglum and Elsie Travers of Lansingburgh; two brothers, Robert Schatzle of Troy and George Schatzle of Floral City, Fla.; and many dear friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will on Wednesday at noon in the Petersburgh Baptist Church, Route 22, Petersburgh. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley-Meadowlawn Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, 66 Armsby Road, Petersburgh on Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Louie requested memorial contributions be made to either the Petersburgh Baptist Church or the Petersburgh Rescue Squad.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 21, 2005
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