Thomas C. Schultz, formerly of North East, died Sunday March 7, 2010 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born June 29, 1939 in Girard, a son of the late Charles and Mary Eleanor Moore Schultz.

He was a graduate of Girard’s Rice Avenue Union High School in the class of 1957. After graduating from Edinboro State College (now EUP) in 1963, he taught elementary school in the Union City School District for 34 years and retired in 1997. Following his retirement Thomas worked as an associate of the Reid Lumber Co. in North East for nine years. He and his wife Laura then retired to their home in Girard township where he enjoyed gardening and outdoor activities.

Thomas was a member and Past Master of Eureka Lodge #366 F & AM Union City. He was also Past High Priest of Columbus Royal Arch Chapter #200, Corry; Past Thrice Illustrious Master, Titusville Council #41, and Past Eminent Commander, Clarence Commandry #51, Corry. He was awarded the Knight York Cross of Honor by Keystone Priory #26 Pittsburgh, Pa. Thomas was also a member of the Valley of Erie, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and the Zem Zem Shrine.

Besides his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his brother, Paul A. Schultz EMCM (SS) U.S. Navy and by his stepdaughter, Melodie Rose Bissell in 1999.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Laura Bateman Schultz; daughter Colleen M. McIntosh and her husband Jason “Jake” of North East; son Timothy N. Schultz of Hicksville, N.Y.; stepsons, Ronald L. Bissell of Hagerstown M.D. and Anthony D. Bissell of North East; brothers Richard Schultz and his wife Beverly, Rodger Schultz and his wife Liz, all of Girard, Eric Schultz and his wife Victoria “Vickie” of Millcreek, and Mark Schultz and his wife Michelle of Girard; grandchildren Casey McIntosh and Katelyn McIntosh; stepgrandchildren Cassidy Schultz and Caitlynn Schultz; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were handled by the Daniel R. Edder Funeral Home, 309 Main St. East, Girard. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children (Erie Unit), 1645 W. 8th St., Erie, PA 16505.