obit: Luke Schanzer
Luke Schanzer, prominent merchant of Hitchcock, died in a Galveston hospital early yesterday morning. He was a knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and active in civic affairs of Dickinson.
A native of Moravia, Austria, Mr. Schanzer came to Texas in 1914. Shortly thereafter he purchased a grocery store in Hitchcock and operated it for some 30 years.
He was director of the Hitchcock chapter of the American Red Cross and treasurer of the chamber of commerce there. During the war he was a member of the office of civilian defense. He was president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. In 1938 he received the papal distinction of being made a knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Rev. Frank Schanzer of Port Arthur, Luke G. Schanzer, recently discharged serviceman, and Joe W. Schanzer, with the army in the European theater of operations; three daughters, Mrs. Clarence Coulston, Mrs. Emil Thiem and Miss Mary Ann Schanzer.
Funeral services will be held at 9 o’clock Saturday morning at Malloy’s funeral home, thence to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Hitchcock, for solemn high mass at 10 o’clock. Members of the Knights of Columbus and the St. Vincent de Paul Society will say the rosary at 8 o’clock tonight at the Malloy & Son funeral home here. Burial will be in Galveston Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Frank Ghiao and Angelo Beltrami of Hitchcock, Robert Weher of Arcadia, Angelo Bogatto of La Marque, George Selensky of Dickinson and Domnick Morato of League City.
Galveston News, Dec. 14, 1945
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis