SPARTA - Frank J. Schaberg, M.D., died peacefully at his Lake Mohawk, Sparta, home Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Frank interned at Holy Name Hospital. There he met a nurse, Helen Baenziger, who he felt was the most beautiful woman he had ever met. Helen would become his partner in medicine and together they raised six children.
A captain in the Army Medical Corps stationed in Winchester, England, Dr. Schaberg participated in many evacuation rescue missions from France. Following World War II, Frank continued his 50-year private practice of family medicine. Dr. Schaberg offered compassionate care to his many patients regardless of their ability to pay, gaining their respect and devotion. A person of insatiable curiosity, Dr. Schaberg refused to give up on his toughest medical cases, pursuing every avenue for the accurate diagnosis. His life revolved selflessly around his patients and his family.
He took great joy in sharing his love of knowledge, history, literature and poetry with his multi-generational family. Frank was loved dearly and will be missed by all.
He was predeceased by his beloved spouse, Helen, and grandson, Frank.
Surviving Dr. Schaberg are his six children, Catherine, Frank, Helen, Nancy, John and Paul; 11 grandchildren, Catherine, Louis, Joan, Adrienne, Madeleine, Marianne, Christopher, Peter, Paula, Kurt and Emma; and 11 great-grandchildren, Maximilian, Alexandra, Julian, Tyler, Victoria, Allison, Danielle, Ashleigh, Hannah, Frank and Dinah.
Friends and family are invited Thursday, Feb. 20, to a 10 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha R.C. Church, Sparta, followed by entombment in Newton Cemetery, Newton.
Memorial contributions in Dr. Schaberg's name may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 96268, Washington, D.C. 20077.
Goble Funeral Home, Sparta, is handling arrangements.