March 26, 1924 – Jan. 3, 2013

Ethel Rita Schueckler of Buffalo and Sarasota, Fla., a Buffalo State Teachers College graduate who went on to teach at Royalton Central School and then at a Milwaukee junior high school, died Jan. 3 following complications from heart disease. She was 88.

The former Ethel Swierat graduated from Depew High School in 1939 and then from Buffalo State in 1943 before starting her teaching career.

She married Dr. J. Theodore Schueckler, the chief of anesthesiology at Sisters Hospital, in 1946 after he returned from World War II. He died in 2002.

Following a move to Washington, D.C., Mrs. Schueckler worked at the telephone company and taught sewing at night school, family members said.

Mrs. Schueckler was a former president of the Sisters Hospital Medical Auxiliary and Amherst Dance Club.

She was a skipper for the U.S. Power Squadron, a member of the Buffalo Yacht Club, Meadows Players, Edelweiss Ski Club as well as a leader in the Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts and Mount St. Mary’s Circle.

Mrs. Schueckler was also a Eucharistic minister. She loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, ice skating, swimming, exercising, traveling, book clubs, aerobic dance and boating.

Survivors include four daughters, Marie Frauenheim, Lynn Goupil, Debra Morris and Amy Rosteing; and a son, John Theodore III.

Included among Mrs. Schueckler’s 14 grandchildren is the Rev. Robert Morris, the pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Conn. Morris was among several clergy members to speak during the Dec. 16 interfaith vigil in Newtown attended by President Obama following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre two days earlier.

A memorial Mass will be offered close to Mrs. Schueckler’s birthday – at 10 a.m. March 23 – in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.