Thomas S. (Tom) Schreck, 65, of Lancaster died at his home on Sunday, May 2, 2010 after a long illness. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Charles P. and Anna Mary Scheuchenzuber Schreck. Tom was married 36 years to Barbara Butt Schreck.
Tom proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1965-1968. He taught sixth grade at Penbrook Elementary School in the Central Dauphin School District, Hamilton Elementary School in the School District of Lancaster, White Oak Elementary School in the Manheim Central School District, Parents Cooperative School in Taif, Saudi Arabia, and Manheim Township Middle School, before he became Assistant Principal of Pequea Valley Middle School and he retired in 2001 from Donegal Middle School.
Tom enjoyed reading, coaching, playing chess, playing the accordion, traveling and cheering for his football teams, Notre Dame and the Dallas Cowboys.
Tom will be remembered for his intelligence, sense of humor, humility, and positive outlook on life.
He was a devout catholic and a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Lancaster.
The family would like to thank Asera Care Hospice for their support and care.
Surviving besides his wife, are three sons: David T. husband of Lori Siegrist Schreck, Holtwood, John S. Schreck, Philadelphia, Matthew A. Schreck, at home, four sisters: Jean Roda Acklin, Lancaster, Mary Louise wife of E. Roy McCauley, Harrisburg, Nancy wife of John P. Amico, Lancaster and Martha wife of Paul Hopkins, Claremore, OK.
Tom was preceded in death by a brother, Charles P. Schreck Jr.
A Mass of Christian will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 558 W. Walnut Street, Lancaster, Pa on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11:30AM with Rev. Michael Messner as Celebrate. Interment will follow at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at 2:30PM. There will be a viewing at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, 414 E. King Street, Lancaster, PA on Wednesday night from 7-9:00PM with the Rosary recited at 8:30PM. On Thursday there will be a viewing at the church from 10:30-11:30AM. Flowers will be received or contributions may be made in Tom’s memory to National Institute for Neurological Disorders and strokes, Financial Management Branch, 31 Center Drive MSC2540, Bethesda MD20892-2540. To send online condolences, please visit Snyder Funeral Home.com
WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO ALL OF TOM’S FAMILY
AND FRIENDS. WE’RE SURE HE HAS A SPECIAL PLACE WITH THE LORD.
SAM AND JOAN FULGINITI
Over the course of my 3 years as a student at PVIS Tom was our assistant principal. A very easy going guy, Tom would take the time out of his day to come to my groups lunch table say hello to us and to ensure that we are on the straight and narrow. We would joke with him and he of course would return the favor. Although it was not that long ago (early 90’s) we did not have A/C in the classrooms so we would love to go and just chat with Tom in his office; of course it did not take long until he set up a desk and chair in the main lobby for us to talk. From that point on he knew if we wanted something that it was serious. PVIS was our first stop in not having recess so we would ask Tom every nice day if we could have a fire drill, I bet you know what that answer was!!! TOM I pray that someday you and I will meet again. Share a few laughs!
Thanks Tom for everything that you have done and for not giving up on the future.
I was in 1962 class at Lancaster Catholic High. I also met tom’s sister Martha . I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Martha you were a roommate with my sister Mary Ellen in St. Joseph’s hospital. That was back in 1963. Mary Ellen died in August 2003. I know how I felt to lose my sister. You never forget the one you lose.
Sylvia M. Heiland
Mr. Schreck was the most inspiring and memorable teacher that I have ever had. I owe my interest in creative writing to him. I will always remember his inviting personality and his optimistic energy.
Kristina Bard; a member of Mr. Schreck’s 6th grade class at White Oak 1978.
My thoughts and prayers are with you today – my class is remembering Tom in our Daily Rosary decade this week.
Donna M. Kaylor
My condolences go out to Tom’s family. I worked with Tom when he was Assistant Principal at PVIS. He was a great guy.
Dear sweet Barbara and family. I cannot tell you how sad the news of Toms passing was to us. Although it has been many years since our families became friends, you and Tom gave us very happy and lasting memories. We were all beginning an adventure. And we had such fun many times discussing what we were experiencing. You just can’t share those kinds of experiences with just anyone. They just would not understand. Those experiences made we four long life friends.
Bob still quotes some quip, something Tom saw or thought but of course would contain Tom’s own personal slant which would send Bob into fits of laughter
Please tell your children we knew their father to be a one of a kind fellow. We are ever so grateful to have had the privilege to have known him.
Thanks for letting us know.
Bob and Sue Philipak
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