on April 21, 2014 - 5:32 PM
, updated April 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM
June 21, 1945 – April 15, 2014
Robert C. Mihelbergel, of Kenmore, a retired English teacher at Cheektowaga Central High School, died last Tuesday after a long illness. He was 68.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Mihelbergel was raised in the Allentown neighborhood. After graduating from Grover Cleveland High School in 1963, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was trained as a medical corpsman and served on the USS Plymouth Rock, which was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He received an honorable discharge in 1969.
While serving in the military, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Conk, in 1966. The couple settled in Kenmore. She died in 2011.
Mr. Mihelbergel graduated from Buffalo State College, where he majored in English and later earned his master’s degree.
An English teacher at Cheektowaga Central High School for 30 years, he directed the Drama Club and started a Conservation Club, and was voted Teacher of the Year many times. He retired in 2000.
From 2003-2009, he taught English at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster.
Mr. Mihelbergel was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and attended daily Mass.
He loved nature, especially canoeing and fly-fishing and spending time in the woods. He wrote prose and poetry, penning his own epitaph: “Here lies Sir Robert, a knight without armor, a learner of books, a lover of nature, a fisher with hooks and a teacher. Amen.”
Survivors include a son, Eric; a daughter, Leah Reynolds; a brother, Michael; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m., today in St. Paul Catholic Church, 33 Victoria Blvd., Kenmore.