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Carmelita M. Fronzaglia Schaaf

Erie, Pennsylvania

April 8, 1940 - May 14, 2024

Carmelita M. Fronzaglia Schaaf Obituary

Carmelita M. Fronzaglia Schaaf died peacefully at her home in Erie PA on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Lita, born April 8, 1940, was the eldest daughter of the late Orlando and Rose (Sherrange) Fronzaglia. In August 1963, she married Charles W. Schaaf with whom she shared a life filled with friends and family until his passing in 2011.


A graduate of Strong Vincent High School and Villa College, Lita had a love of language and pursued a career teaching English, Spanish and English as a Second Language in the Fairview School District, the School District of the City of Erie and Villa Maria Academy. She was well-loved by her Villa girls, not only for her fashion sense but for her ability to offer an unvarnished opinion, something she practiced her entire life.


Lita and Chuck enjoyed traveling throughout Europe, across the United States and parts of the Caribbean where they embraced the culture, food and music of their travels. They both enjoyed lifelong friendships, celebrating with a good Manhattan, dinner, a game of cards and political discourse.


Mom was an avid reader, finding comfort in the company of books, finding solace in the embrace of literature. Her life was enriched by her many friends. She delighted in her book club, her card club, her breakfast club, Saturday night pizza with the Rileys and laughter with the Turtle Girls.


Lita is survived by daughters Laura R Schaaf, Mary Catharine Schaaf and son-in-law Gani Olanrewaju Akorede of Chicago, IL, daughter Suzanne M Lichtenwalter, son-in-law Paul Lichtenwalter and grandchildren Claire Lichtenwalter, Charles Lichtenwalter and fiancé Hannah Uschock of Clearfield PA. She is further survived by her sister, Rita Fronzaglia and brother Richard Fronzaglia, both of Erie, PA. As the last in her generation, she leaves behind many devoted nephews and nieces from the Schaaf-Holland family.


We are grateful Lita was able to spend her final months at home under the tender care of her daughter and life-long confidant Suzanne who was supported by caregivers Ifeta, Terri, Chris and the “Bunny Express”!


The family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to UPMC Hospice, particularly Kathleen, Kate the Great, and Mel for their care and compassion.


Friends are invited to call on Saturday from 9 am until the time of a service at 11:30 am at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Emmaus Ministries 345 East 9th Street Erie PA 16503 emmauserie.org or Julia House PO Box 353 McKean PA 16426 julia@juliahpc.com


“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Elliot


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Carmelita M. Fronzaglia Schaaf hosted by Brugger Funeral Homes.

Carmelita M. Fronzaglia Schaaf died peacefully at her home in Erie PA on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Lita, born April 8, 1940, was the eldest daughter of the late Orlando and Rose (Sherrange) Fronzaglia. In August 1963, she married Charles W. Schaaf with whom she shared a life filled with friends and family until his passing in 2011.


A graduate of Strong Vincent High School and Villa College, Lita had a love of language and pursued a career teaching English, Spanish and English as a Second Language in the Fairview School District, the School District of the City of Erie and Villa Maria Academy. She was well-loved by her Villa girls, not only for her fashion sense but for her ability to offer an unvarnished opinion, something she practiced her entire life.


Lita and Chuck enjoyed traveling throughout Europe, across the United States and parts of the Caribbean where they embraced the culture, food and music of their travels. They both enjoyed lifelong friendships, celebrating with a good Manhattan, dinner, a game of cards and political discourse.


Mom was an avid reader, finding comfort in the company of books, finding solace in the embrace of literature. Her life was enriched by her many friends. She delighted in her book club, her card club, her breakfast club, Saturday night pizza with the Rileys and laughter with the Turtle Girls.


Lita is survived by daughters Laura R Schaaf, Mary Catharine Schaaf and son-in-law Gani Olanrewaju Akorede of Chicago, IL, daughter Suzanne M Lichtenwalter, son-in-law Paul Lichtenwalter and grandchildren Claire Lichtenwalter, Charles Lichtenwalter and fiancé Hannah Uschock of Clearfield PA. She is further survived by her sister, Rita Fronzaglia and brother Richard Fronzaglia, both of Erie, PA. As the last in her generation, she leaves behind many devoted nephews and nieces from the Schaaf-Holland family.


We are grateful Lita was able to spend her final months at home under the tender care of her daughter and life-long confidant Suzanne who was supported by caregivers Ifeta, Terri, Chris and the “Bunny Express”!


The family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to UPMC Hospice, particularly Kathleen, Kate the Great, and Mel for their care and compassion.


Friends are invited to call on Saturday from 9 am until the time of a service at 11:30 am at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Emmaus Ministries 345 East 9th Street Erie PA 16503 emmauserie.org or Julia House PO Box 353 McKean PA 16426 julia@juliahpc.com


“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Elliot


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Carmelita M. Fronzaglia Schaaf hosted by Brugger Funeral Homes.

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