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Frederic C. Schwab, a Duchscherer Oberst founder ; Dec. 11, 1913 -- Jan. 29, 2011

Frederic C. Schwab of the Town of Tonawanda, an Army veteran of World War II and founding associate of Duchscherer Oberst Associates, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 97.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Schwab was a graduate of Technical High School. He was a staff sergeant with the Headquarters and Base Service Squadron, 337th Air Service Group, during World War II, serving at Wright Field in Ohio and in Okinawa, Japan.

A draftsman, Mr. Schwab had worked for Trico -- where he was manager of its 1936 city champion baseball team -- before joining the staff at Duchscherer Oberst in 1952. He retired in 1980.

Mr. Schwab was a nephew of the late Frank X. Schwab, who was mayor of Buffalo from 1922 to 1929.

He was a member of Our Lady of Hope Council 3076, Knights of Columbus, and its Northside First Friday Club; George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion; and Structural Clinic, a professional organization. His interests included bowling, golf, travel and attending professional baseball and football games.

His wife of 58 years, Dorothy J. McConnell Schwab, died in 2009.

Survivors include three daughters, Carol Hamm, Rosemary Coates and Patricia Kniery, and a son, Frederic.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 283 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda.


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