Carol Schieber

Obituary of Carol A. Schieber

Carol Ann Schieber was born in Buffalo, New York, to Albert and Edwina (nee Heitzhaus) Witzel, becoming younger sister to Mary Ruth. She was affectionately known as “Red” when she was little, because of her bright red hair color. As a child, she enjoyed riding her bike and roller skating at the Arena Roller Rink. That same roller rink was where she was fated to meet her future husband, Raymond. She asked him to skate with her, during a girls choice skate. When Ray asked her on a date, Carol initially turned him down. She told him, if he wanted to see her, he could go to church with her. Smitten, he went. From there, their friendship and romance blossomed. Marrying Ray in 1957 was the happiest moment of Carol's life. Ray lovingly called her “Blue Eyes” while she called him “Brown Eyes.” And while life had its challenges, they remained in love and together until Ray's passing in 2013. Ray and Carol's love deepened as the years passed and their family grew with the addition of children Raymond Jr., Ann, Al, Mark, and Mary. Carol exemplified motherhood and taught her children the true meaning of Family. During the early years of their marriage and family, times were often hard. While Ray worked a bunch, Carol managed the household and almost singlehandedly raised the 5 children and cared for her terminally ill mother. Carol always managed to balance the tight family budget, cooking nutritious meals for the kids, making sure bills got paid, made, and repaired clothes as needed, and managing the 2nd floor apartment that they rented out. She found small ways to keep beauty in the life of her family by doing things like cutting armfuls of lilacs and putting them in vases throughout the house. Life was always a challenge, but she handled it as gracefully and efficiently as anyone could. Later in life, Carol and Ray were blessed with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Carol became a much-loved Nana and Great Nana. Carol was also an amazing Aunt to countless nieces and nephews. Carol enjoyed staying active when she was younger and was even a Den Mother for Cub Scout Troop #114, Pack 6 when her boys were young. And Carol loved to dance! Together with her family, and often with the family of her best and lifelong friend Jo Blaise, would do the LA Walk dance to the songs "Celebration" or "We Are Family". She also loved doing the jitterbug. Throughout her life, Carol worked in diverse fields, such as being a secretary for Erie County Savings Bank, a welder at the Ford Motor Plant, and as a manager and seamstress for the Pacifico Cleaners in Derby NY. Carol loved to sew. She even made Ann's wedding gown and all the bridesmaid gowns for both Ann and Mary's weddings. Carol was a devout Catholic. She valued being a good person and an even better friend. Her faith was a vital part of her life. She was a very involved member of the St. John Paul II Parish, (formerly known as Our Lady of Perpetual Help). In addition to Carol singing for many years in the church Choir, being a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and being a Eucharistic Minister, Carol and Raymond were the founding members of the parish’s first senior’s club, now called Blessed John Paul II Seniors. Carol was club President and enjoyed the trips, laughter, adventures, and antics (variety shows etc.) they shared with their many friends. Carol enjoyed getting together with friends and family to play games, such as her favorite card game “Screw Your Neighbor.” She loved butterflies, collected giraffes, and loved visiting Mary’s baby goats. She was a huge chocolate lover, favoring Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey Kisses the most. After Ray passed, Carol had the best friend and care possible in her son, Al. Once Carol learned that there were no treatment options left for her cancer, Al took her to Florida for a month to visit her lifelong friend Jo, and so Carol could put her toes in the sand, hear the ocean waves one last time and feel the sunshine on her face. Carol will be remembered for her unwavering commitment to her faith and terribly missed for the loving warmth she shared with both family and friends alike. Schieber, Carol A. (nee Witzel) of Lake View, NY entered into rest on June 3, 2022. Dedicated wife of the late Raymond J. Schieber Sr.; loving mother of Raymond Jr., Ann (Greg) Hecht, Albert Schieber, Mark (Kendra), and Mary (Mark) Palka; precious Nana of James Frank, Nicholas (Kim) Schieber, Teresa Freyaldenhoven, Maryn Schieber, Chelsea Schieber, Matthew Palka, and Marea Palka; adored great nana of Wyatt and Sienna. Carol was a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was the 1st president of the OLPH Seniors, which is now the St. John Paul II Seniors of Lake View. Carol was the manager of Pacifico Cleaners in Derby for many years. She was the den mother to Boy Scout Troop #114 (Pack 6). She will be missed by everyone who’s life she touched. Friends and family will be received Mon. 6/13, 4-8 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. Hamburg, NY 14075 716-627-2919. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tues. 6/14, 11 AM at St. John Paul II Church 2052 Lakeview Rd. Lake View, NY 14085. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her honor to Hospice Buffalo Southtowns and St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Online condolences and donations may be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.