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Robert E. Stazer, age 66, of Erie, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his family. He was born July 22, 1947, in Erie, a son of the late Earl A. and Bertha C. (Iszkula) Stazer.
Bob graduated from Academy High School in 1965 and Edinboro University in 1970. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War
, he worked at General Electric for 16 years, and then he owned and operated Lakewood Stamp Company for over 30 years. He was an avid stamp collector since childhood. Over the years, he was a member of American Philatelic Association, Erie Stamp Club and the Buffalo Stamp Club. He was a PIAA official for over 35 years, refereeing football, softball, soccer and volleyball games. He also belonged to the American Softball Association, and was one of the founders of the Erie Modified Softball League. Bob enjoyed playing, managing, coaching and officiating many different sports. He loved supporting the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. In his younger years, he was an avid bowler, and enjoyed fishing.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two daughters, Sarah H. and Katherine E. Stazer; and a brother, Earl W. Stazer.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Karen (Ridgway) Stazer; a sister, Cheryl D'Aurora, husband Dave; a brother, Douglas G. Stazer Sr., wife Chris; a nephew, Douglas G. Stazer Jr.; a niece, Ashley T. Stazer; and his mother-in-law, Hope D. Ridgway, all of Erie. Bob leaves behind two exchange daughters, who were very close to him, Sabrina Gurini husband Patrick of Davos, Switzerland; and Olivia Shroeder of Dresden, Germany.
Friends are invited to call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St., at Greengarden Boulevard, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and may attend a Funeral Service there on Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will be private in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
Memorials may be made to the Stazer Sister's Scholarship Fund, c/o the Erie Community Foundation, 459 W 6th St., Erie, PA 16507,
of Erie, 1128 State St., #302, Erie, PA 16501, or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Published in the Erie Times-News from May 6 to May 7, 2014