Sidney "Sid" Allen Schilhab
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LAFAYETTE - A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Mother of the Church Roman Catholic Church, 419 Doucet Road in Lafayette for Sidney "Sid" Allen Schilhab, 85, who passed away suddenly on Wednesday evening, January 25, 2012 at Lafayette General Medical Center.
Entombment will follow in Fountain Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette.
Rev. Father Harold Trahan, Pastor at St. Mary, will serve as celebrant.
Sid lived a full life beginning with his birth in Freyburg, TX on Thursday, October 14, 1926. He attended Schulenburg High School and the University of Texas. Sid was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy and later participated in the Honor Air Program, which provides for veterans to travel to Washington D.C. After serving in the Navy, Sid began a long career in 1950 with Montgomery Ward's Dept. Store in Houston. He progressed with the company in various roles and eventually moved to Lafayette as store manager of the new store in the Northgate Mall. Sid eventually finished his career there and with his retirement from Montgomery Ward's and a separate business he owned for several years, Speedee Oil Change, Sid made Lafayette his home.
Active in several organizations in Acadiana including Boy Scouts of America, the Better Business Bureau, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, United Giver and the Krewe of Zeus, Sid also served as Chairman of the Retail Merchants Association and was a member of the Lafayette American Legion Post #0069. Sid liked gardening and was proud of his garden and his citrus trees. Most of all, Sid enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and especially enjoyed a challenging game of dominoes with them all.
Sid was beloved and respected by all, and leaves a legacy of love in his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and mentor to many. His laughter and the joy that he spread will be missed by us all.
Mr. Schilhab is survived by his wife and best friend of 59 years, Georgie Schwartz Schilhab, of Lafayette; his three children, Russell Schilhab, also of Lafayette, Cheryl Roby and her husband, Bruce of Magnolia, TX and Beverly McNulty and her husband, David of Allen, TX; his six grandchildren, Chad Roby and his wife, Jennifer of Pflugerville, TX, Fallon Walker and her fiance, Brandon Nicolosi, of Kenner, LA, Barrett Walker and Allison Schilhab, both of Lafayette, Chelsea Bretz and her husband, Troy of Pearland, TX and Chrystal Roby of Magnolia, TX; two great-grandsons, Jaxon and Layton Roby; his brother Elgin Schilhab and his wife, Joanne of Austin, TX; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Agatha Stoever Schilhab; and his brother-in-law Robert James Schwartz.
Visiting hours will be observed at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and resume at the funeral home on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. until the time of services.
A rosary will be recited Sunday evening, January 29, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
Pallbearers will be Chad Roby, Barrett Walker, Troy Bretz, Brandon Nicolosi, Wesley Keytel and David McNulty.
Honorary Bearers are Elgin Schilhab, Jim Jeanmard, Ken Rabalais, Garrett O'Connor and Ronnie Gibbens.
Memorial contributions can be made in Sidney's name to the Building Fund at St. Mary Mother of the Church Roman Catholic Church, 419 Doucet Road, Lafayette, LA, 70503.
To view online obituary and guestbook, go to www.fountainmemorialfuneralhome.com.
Fountain Memorial Funeral Home & Cemetery of Lafayette, 1010 Pandora St., Lafayette, LA, 70506, (337) 981-7098 is in charge of arrangements.
Fountain Memorial Funeral Home
1010 Pandora St Lafayette, LA 70506
Published in the The Advertiser on Jan. 29, 2012