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Updated: 12/12/2013 08:00:04AM

George Schenk

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George Schenk, 82, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and formerly of Findley Lake, N.Y., passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at home.

He was born Oct. 10, 1931, in Erie, Pa., the son of Carl and Dorothy Kephart Schenk.

George graduated from Wesleyville High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, served in Korea, and later, while stationed in Fort Worth, Texas, met and married the former Joyce Hertell in 1956. They moved back to Erie to start their family.

George worked in Erie before purchasing Findley Lake Hardware in 1969. For eight years, he and his family managed the hardware store. After selling the business, he became a snowbird and worked at Mayville Hardware (New York), Sanderhoff’s Hardware, Isles Hardware and Morton’s Hardware (Florida).

He was a volunteer with the Findley Lake Fire Department, serving in the position of Assistant Chief at one time. George had also been a volunteer with the Sea Lion Project on Chautauqua Lake, where he served as Second Mate. He was often featured in his wife Joyce’s weekly column in The Sentinel-News, “Moseying Along.”

George is survived by his wife, Joyce Schenk; three children, Tim Schenk at home, Becky (Randy) Querreveld of Sarasota, Fla., and Sherri (Jack) Schenk Hamilton of Findley Lake; two grandchildren, Ryan and Rachel Querreveld of Sarasota; two sisters, Vera (Wayne) Price of Michigan, and Fannie Rysz of Florida; brother, David (Rose) Schenk of Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; and two brothers.

The family suggests memorials be made to: Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238, or online via Condolences may be sent to Joyce Schenk at

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