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Charles Schmahl, retired officer, bar owner June 14, 1936 -- Feb. 8, 2006

LEWISTON -- Services for Charles Schmahl, a retired Niagara Falls police officer, Navy reservist and bar owner, were today in Our Savior Lutheran Church, Town of Niagara.

Mr. Schmahl died Wednesday in Chesapeake (Va.) General Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 69. He had been dividing his time between Chesapeake and Lewiston in recent years.

He was born in Mineola and moved to Niagara Falls with his family when he was a child. He graduated from Niagara Falls High School and later earned a criminal-justice degree from Niagara University.

Mr. Schmahl joined the Police Department in 1959 and achieved the rank of lieutenant by the time of his retirement in 1979.

He joined the Naval Reserve in 1960 and became a command master chief. He retired in 1996. He was a member of the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association; the Fleet Reserve Association; Post 54, Veterans of Foreign Wars; and Portage Post 1465, American Legion.

Mr. Schmahl owned and operated Buster's Tavern on Falls Street in Niagara Falls from 1980 to 1994. He also drove for Niagara Falls Coach Lines and Rides Unlimited of Niagara.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, the former Barbara J. Poisson; his ex-wife, Margaret "Sherry" Cleveland of Lewiston; three daughters, Carolyn of Niagara Falls, Kristine Minteer of Tampa, Fla., and Tina of Chesapeake; three sons, Charles P. of Lewiston, Michael of Tampa and Gary of Lemoyne, Pa.; a sister, Terry Bobby of Niagara Falls; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


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