OLEAN, N.Y. - Mr. Benjamin H. Schwabenbauer of 306 S. Barry St., passed away on Sunday (July 27, 2014) in the Pines Health & Rehabilitation Center in Olean.
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Mr. Schwabenbauer was born Aug. 5, 1943, in Olean and was a son of Ambrose and Carrie Henderson Schwabenbauer. On June 8, 1968 in East Brady, Pa., he married his wife of 46 years, Rose Marie Sita, who survives.
Ben graduated from Otto-Eldred High School in Duke Center, Pa., in 1961. He attended Clarion State College, receiving his bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1965. He started teaching in Olean, at Ivers J. Norton Elementary School, where he taught 5th and 6th grade classes for 41 years in the same room, retiring in 2006. Throughout his career continued his education taking classes at Cornell and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Pa. He completed his master's degree at St. Bonaventure University. He touched many lives and he received many awards throughout his teaching career.
Ben was a member of St. Bonaventure Parish. He was president of the Olean Teacher and Postal Federal Credit Union and was very active and a past president of the Olean Food Pantry. Ben enjoyed history, traveling & dining out but most of all he loved his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.
In addition to his loving wife, Ben is survived by a son, Bryan H. (Kelly) Schwabenbauer of Olean; two grandchildren, Gunner B. and Angeline C. Schwabenbauer; two sisters, Evelyn (Ray) Stephan of Natrona Heights, Pa., and Mary Lou Durr of Verona; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Schwabenbauer.
Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State Street, Olean. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Bonaventure Parish, 95 E. Main Street, Allegany. The Rev. James Vacco, OFM, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Raphael's Cemetery in Eldred, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Rose & Ben Schwabenbauer Scholarship Fund, C/O Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, 120 North Union Street, Olean or to the Olean Food Pantry, 8 Leo Moss Drive, Olean. Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com
Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc
646 E State St
Olean, NY 14760
Published in The Bradford Era from July 30 to Aug. 30, 2014