Wellsville, NY - Bruce Roy Schoenthal, 79, died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at his home in Wellsville, NY. He was born February 27, 1938, the son of Lester and Adella Schoenthal of Wyoming, NY. He received his bachelors from Alfred University. During his sophomore year at Alfred, he became a member of the Christian Ministry of the National Parks. He was a resident minister, at the Chapel In The Valley in Yosemite National Park, for three summers. After graduating from Alfred University, he attended Wesley Theological Seminary. Bruce severed as assistant pastor at the Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.. He was also a youth mentor to inner city D.C. youth and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. during this time.
He next served in the U.S. Army and was trained as a laboratory technologist. He worked as an Army medical instructor and lecturer. In 1964, Bruce worked at Buffalo General Hospital as a technologist. He met Andrea there and was her instructor of medical technology. They married September 3, 1966. Bruce next served as a head resident in Bartlet Hall at Alfred University. He worked as an assistant instructor while he was a graduate student there.
Bruce later worked at St. James Hospital in Hornell, NY. Next, he was a junior high school science teacher, and gave lectures at Scio Central Schools in Scio, NY. He then worked more than forty years as a laboratory technologist at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY. He retired there and served as a volunteer at Jones. Bruce zealously enjoyed taking his various watercraft out on area waterways. He shared his avid interest in local history and nature with family members, friends, and co-workers. He also shared his culinary talents with all. Bruce had a fabulous sense of humor and loved playing practical jokes.
He is survived by his wife Andrea M. (Lozinsky) Schoenthal, son Philip A. Schoenthal, daughter Dawn M. (Steven B. Foehner) Schoenthal, sister Sandra J. (Robert J.) Safford, and sister-in-law Johna M. Lozinsky. Please remember Bruce by donating to your local animal shelter.
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