EDINBORO – Edwin Otto Riebel, surrounded by love, died at his residence on September 21, 2010.
Edwin was born to Otto and Anna Mae (Batz) Riebel on June 28, 1925. Shirley Jean Degenhardt became his wife on March 20, 1952, and they were happily married for 49 years.
While working at J and L Steel, he attended night classes at the University of Pittsburgh where he received a bachelor of science degree in 1964, and a master of education degree in 1969. Ed taught pattern making at Connelly Vocational High School in Pittsburgh before being appointed Director of Lenape Vo-Tech in Ford City, PA. Under his leadership, Lenape expanded its course offerings and enrollment increased from 330 to 500 students. Edwin retired as Director of Lenape in August, 1982.
In 1998, Edwin and Shirley moved to Edinboro, where they became members of the Edinboro United Methodist Church. They were also members of the McKean Golden Agers and the Edinboro Seniors Group. Ed enjoyed the Silver Sneakers Program where he had a captive audience for his joke telling. Thank-you, Dr. Laura, for laughing! He was also a member of the American Legion. Being a WWII veteran, and having a servant's heart, Ed volunteered every Wednesday at the VA hospital in Erie.
Preceding Edwin in death were his parents and his sisters, Anna Mae Diehl, and Ruth Tice, along with a brother, Albert Riebel. His loving wife, Shirley, died in 2001.
He is survived by a daughter, Susan Turk, mother of Katelyn Landis, husband Kyle, and Jesse Turk; and a son, Mark E. Riebel, father of Nicholas and Anna Riebel. “Eddie Spaghetti” will be fondly missed by other surviving family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 2nd, in the Chapel at Jefferson Memorial Park, 401 Curry Hollow Rd., Pittsburgh, PA.
A second memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 3rd, at the Edinboro United Methodist Church, 113 High Street, Edinboro, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to the Glunt Funeral Home, 210 Erie Street, Edinboro, PA 16412.
Memorials may be made to the Kanzius Research Foundation, 130 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16501 or to Ascera Care Hospice, 1600 Peninsula Dr # 14, Erie, PA 16505. To send condolences please visit www.gluntfuneralhome.com.