Obituary of Maureen E. Schanbacher
Growing up as one of seven children in an Irish-Italian family, Maureen grew to be a nurturing woman, who everyone could rely on for sound advice. She was an extremely loyal person with a sense of modesty, class and style. Shopping was a loved pastime, especially from QVC and the Home Shopping Network. Maureen grew up in South Buffalo where she went to Holy Family grammar school and Mt. Mercy high school. She met her husband while she was out on a double date with another fellow but decided by the end of the night, she liked William much better! People would describe “Moe” and “Schammy” much like the Honeymooners; she was the reserved one and he was larger than life! The two married and their family grew to seven with the addition of their five children; William Jr., Mark, Marianne, Robert and Sheila. She was such a loving Mother, in fact, many people saw Maureen as a second Mother to them as well. By the time her grandchildren came around, she would always offer to watch them, as she enjoyed anytime spent together.
Her skills in the kitchen were ones to be desired! She made incredible lasagna, spaghetti and the best goulash. Her baking abilities were phenomenal as well, with her Italian Christmas cookie cutouts being the most unforgettable. Maureen was a city girl at heart, so when she moved to Lake View it was a bit of a culture shock to her, though over time she loved living there. Getting acclimated was easy as most folks building homes on Apollo Drive already knew each other from South Buffalo. It also helped that her sister Dolores built a house a couple homes down as well! Her neighborhood was very close knit, so much that when a neighboring family had a house fire, they let them stay at their house.
Maureen was a devoted to her catholic faith and the Blessed Mother. Her bedroom was always filled with family photos and symbols of her faith. She had a love for old movies and liked the actor Gregory peck. Dancing was a hobby that she also enjoyed, especially the Jitterbug. She loved going to car shows as antique cars gave her much joy; she even had a 55’ Chevy. Bill was more of a model train man, so much that Maureen referred to herself as a “Train Widow.” while he spent hours in the basement.
Maureen will be fondly missed but knowing she is reunited with William brings tears of joy to our eyes.
Schanbacher, Maureen E. “Moe” (nee Gatta) November 23, 2019 of Lake View, NY. Beloved wife of late William J. Schanbacher, Sr.; devoted mother of Mark (Carol), Marianne Darwin, Robert (Elizabeth), Sheila (Tim) Smith, and late William Schanbacher, Jr.; cherished grandmother of Kristin, David, Eric, Kara, Kevin, Laurel, and Sarah; loving sister of James (Helen) Gatta, Nancy (late Bryan) McGuire, Elizabeth (Francis) Clifford, late Dolores (late Frank) Lewis, late Patricia (late Donald) Ehms, and late Mary Ellen (David) Brooks; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited on Saturday at 10:30 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John Paul II Church. Please assemble at church. Arrangements by LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 716-627-2919. Please leave online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.