Lawrence Charles Schilhab Sr.

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Lawrence Schilhab, of Conroe, Texas, passed away peacefully at home after a lengthy illness in the company of his wife, Virginia, and their children, on September 5, 2012. The youngest of two sons, he was born on October 2, 1927, in St. Johns Community, Texas, to Ottilia and Rudolph Schilhab.

He grew up in the Victoria, Texas, area where he attended Patti Welder High School and later enlisted in the Merchant Marines serving as a fireman in the latter months of World War II. After serving his country, Lawrence returned to Victoria and married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Virginia Greive, beginning an incredible life together raising ten children who succeeded in all walks of life as a result of their parent's unconditional love, deep faith in God, respect for humanity, and strong work ethic. Never has there been a love greater than the love Lawrence and Virginia shared with each other and their children!

Lawrence took an active role in his children's lives serving as Cub Scout Leader, Boy Scouts of America Master, Little League Baseball Coach, and other leadership roles in their school-related activities. His children were proud of their father and used him as their role model. He was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he was involved in many lay ministries as an Usher, Lector, Vocations' Director, and Eucharistic Minister. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

He was a valued employee of the Mrs. Baird's Baking Company for over 43 years working in various sales positions, including General Sales Manager for the Houston area. In the baking industry, Lawrence was recognized as a fair man with utmost integrity who always had a kind word to say to everyone, no matter who they were. When trying times occurred, he never missed the opportunity to ask this question, "Did you learn anything?"

Upon retirement, Lawrence and Virginia enjoyed traveling together and the opportunity to visit places such as: Europe, the Middle East, and a host of sight-seeing spots in the United States. Retirement also allowed more time for them to spend with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family gatherings were always the highlight of their lives!

Lawrence is survived by his loving wife, Virginia, of 66 years; daughters, Nancy Kahn and husband, Bill; Peggy Deering and husband, Mike; Darlene Howden and husband, Jim; sons, Larry Schilhab and wife, Linda; Michael Schilhab and wife, Paula; Dickie Schilhab and wife, Claire; Patrick Schilhab; and Robbie Schilhab and wife, Connie; 22 grandchildren also survive, Melissa, Jennifer, Grant, Blair, Brad, Ashley, Kimberley, Cheryl, Laura Beth, Nicole, Brent, Justin, Hailey, Jeffrey, Jeremy, Jacob, Joshua, Eric, Aaron, Chase, Hunter, and Carter; as well as 21 great-grandchildren, Kailee, Kamden, Kasey, Gavin, Logan, Brooklynn, Wesson, Kensey, Karsyn, Tyler, Jameson, Savanah, Cashton, Kendal, Jackson, Connor, Mia, Benjamin, Payton, Preston, and Parker.

He was predeceased by his two sons, Timothy and Jeffrey Schilhab, his grandson, Zachary Kahn, as well as his parents, and his brother, Oscar Schilhab.

A Rosary will be prayed in Lawrence's memory at 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at Metcalf Funeral Home with Visitation following until 8:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 10, 2012, at 11:00 am, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Garden Park Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons: Grant Schilhab, Brad Schilhab, Brent Schilhab, Jeffrey Schilhab, Justin Kahn, Eric Deering, and Chase Howden; and his godson, Eugene Schilhab.

The family would like to thank his caregivers, Debra Massey and Samantha Waters, who so lovingly gave of themselves to attend to Lawrence, and to Dr. Gregg Hallbauer and the staffs of Rose of Texas Hospice and Alpha Omega Home Health Services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the Hearts Like His Building Fund at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 109 North Frazier, Conroe, Texas, 77301 or the , 2242 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77030-2008.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Sept. 7 to Sept. 20, 2012
Arrangements under the direction of:
Metcalf Funeral Directors
1801 East White Oak Terrace | Conroe, TX 77304 | (936) 756-3311
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