Harold J. Schroeck, Sr., 92, a resident of Sarah A. Reed Retirement Center and formerly of East 30th St., died Tuesday January 8, 2013 at his residence following a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Erie he was born January 25, 1920 a son of the late Peter A. and Mary Ellen Cooney Schroeck. Harold was a 1938 graduate of Academy High School and went on to serve in the United States Army during World War II. He worked as a tool and die maker with Kerner Tool and Die and Rite Precision before retiring in 1981. He was a lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where he served as Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the Legion of Mary for over 40 years and the St. John's Men Council. He was an active member of the Cursillo Movement and attended Cursillo #3. Harold graduated from the Heinz School for the Blind in Chicago at the age of 80 and was the oldest blind golfer in the Erie Blind Golfers Association. He was a member of the Iroquois Field Archers and was an avid hunter, fisher, and bowler in his younger years. In recent years he enjoyed golfing. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Margaret McCallion Schroeck; two daughters in infancy, Peggy Jean and Mary Louise Schroeck; one son, Harold Schroeck, Jr.; three brothers, Norbert, Kenneth, and Edmund Schroeck; and one sister, Marcella Schodt. Survivors include three daughters, Laura Rawa of Erie, Michelle Carneval and her husband Dan of Erie; and Therese Wheaton and her husband Don of Springboro, Pa.; one son, Jack Schroeck and his wife Maureen of Lakewood, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A prayer service will be held there on Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Burial with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 509 E. 26th St., Erie, 16504 or the Sarah A. Reed Retirement Center, 227 W. 22nd St., Erie, 16502. Please visit www.SchmidtFuneralHomeErie.com to sign the Book of Memories.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 10, 2013