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Dr. Milton Joseph "Deacon Dutch" Schanzbach

Dr. Milton Joseph "Deacon Dutch" Schanzbach
  • March 4, 1926 - March 12, 2017
  • Ponchatoula, Louisiana

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“My deepest sympathies for your loss. Dr. Schanzbach was such a wonderful man. Y'all were such a big part of my childhood and early adulthood being...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Veronica Fannaly - Ponchatoula, LA

“Dr Schanzbach was an excellent example of a good man. His ideals will be carried by those who knew him. ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: David & Zanda Pregeant - CA

“He was such a beautiful person inside and out. I so much enjoyed having known him as a friend to my Dad, Lawrence Twickler, as well as our Deacon...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: cheryl twickler - LaGrange, GA

“Patty, Mike and family,Was sorry to hear of your loss. Doc was such a special man. He was loved by many. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Iris Brayden - Baton Rouge, LA

“Deacon Schanzbach was an amazing person and a great part of my childhood. I grew up in St. Joseph's church and was there from Kindergarten through...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Brielle Kluka Rick - Ponchatoula, LA

“As a kid I remember going to him to have my eyes checked. And then always seeing him at church. A man with a big smile and an even bigger heart. And...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Kathy Ourso

“Mike, Debbie & Patti, I am so sorry to see that your father has passed away, I know he will be missed. He was such a special, loving & caring man...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Ann Thibodeaux - Hammond, LA

“Mike,So very sorry for the loss of your dad. You and your family are in my prayers. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Michelle McTaggart - Albany, LA

“So many great memories of him-he was part of many major events of my life, and I am thankful for that. Prayers of peace and love for his family. ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Lari Sasser - Cabot, AR - Friend

“Such a kind & gentle man. Loved both of ya'll's parents. Love you, Mona ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Mona Liled Bullard - Friend

“Back in 1968 Dr. Schanzbach fitted me with my first pair of contact lenses and glasses. I was so scared to put the lens in my eye, but he was very...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Ryan - Ponchatoula, LA

“I'm sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Punkinhead Elkins - Tupelo, MS

“Mr. "Dutch" was one of the very first people I met after our family moved to Ponchatoula. Every morning while I waited for the bus Mr. Dutch would be...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Abner (Trey) Neill - Princeton, MO

“One great person ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Betty Lard - Hammond, LA

“Always a gentleman...Deacon Dutch leaves a big void at St JosephOur prayers and thoughts and thanks to the family for sharing him.RIP my friend ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Larry Wilson - Ponchatoula, LA

Dr. Milton Joseph "Deacon Dutch" Schanzbach passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home at the age of 91. He was born on Thursday, March 4, 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Elsie Parr Schanzbach and the late John Schanzbach. He was a resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Prior to becoming a Deacon, Doc served as youth coach and commissioner of Youth Athletics. He was also active in numerous civic organizations. He served on the Board of Directors and President of the Ponchatoula Homestead Association. Milton was a deacon for over 30 years at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He also served the Ponchatoula community as an optometrist for 35 years. He was a wonderful man that will be missed by all who knew him.

Milton is survived by daughter, Patricia Schanzbach Steib and her husband Ronald; son, Michael Schanzbach and his wife Debra Steib Schanzbach; grandchildren, Lisa Burton and her husband Michael, Sandra Majesty, Brandon Schanzbach and his wife Courtney, and Brittany Schanzbach; great-grandchildren, Ryan Davis and Audrey, Caeli Smith, Gabel Majesty, Natalie Anne Burton, Andrew Burton, Carson Schanzbach, Clara Jane Schanzbach, and great-great grandchild, Ryan Davis, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Willie Luebke Schanzbach; parents John and Elsie Parr Schanzbach; brother, Jay Schanzbach; and grandson-in-law, J.P. Majesty.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 100 W. Magnolia St., Ponchatoula, from 9:00 am until 11:15 am. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Ponchatoula Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 255 N. 8th St, Ponchatoula, LA 70454.

The family would like to thank Notre Dame Hospice, Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home, the Knights of Columbus, and his caregiver, Linda Cain.

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