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Robert E Stilgenbauer

August 4, 1944 ~ January 4, 2018 (age 73)

The Piano Brothers

     Robert E. Stilgenbauer, DDS, age 73, died peacefully on January 4, 2018 after a ten year battle with advanced prostate cancer.
     A beloved husband and father, he was born August, 9, 1944 in Lorain. He graduated Lorain High School, Ohio University, and Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry, in addition to serving in the U.S. Navy.
     He practiced dentistry in Lorain for 30 years, and was a past president of the Lorain County Dental Society.
     He was an active member of First Congregational Church, Lorain.      
     His many interests included: gardening (Firelands Garden Club and Schoepfle Arboretum); music; woodworking; basket weaving; and blacksmithing (Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith Assoc.) He helped design the blacksmith shop at the Amherst Historical Society, where there is a self-portrait forged into one of the metal struts. He enjoyed mentoring Boy Scouts for their metalworking badge at their Jamborees. And he was always game to fabricate anything his wife or daughter could think up.
     He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane (Bittner) Stilgenbauer; daughter Sarah E. Stilgenbauer; sister, Cheryl (Don) Strehle; nieces and nephews; and Mother-in-Law, Dorothy Daniels.
     He was proceeded in death by his parents, Robert J. and Eloise (Kilgore) Stilgenbauer; Father-in-Law, Henry Daniels; and Brother-in-Law, Tom Bittner.
     Friends will be received at 10 am until time of service at 11 am, Saturday, January 20th at Community Congregational Church, 379 S. Main St., Amherst, OH, followed by a luncheon.
     Interment will be later this spring at Riverside Cemetery, Berlin Hts.
     Memorial donations can be made in his honor to: Amherst Historical Society, 113 S. lake Road, Amherst, Ohio 44001; Lorain Palace Theater (Organ Fund), 617 Broadway Ave., Lorain, Ohio  44052; Hospice of the Western Reserve (Special Care Fund), 2173 North Ridge Road,Suite H, Lorain, Ohio 44055; and Mercy New Life Hospice, c/o Mercy Foundation, 3700 Kolbe Road, Lorain, Ohio  44053.
     We are grateful for the compassionate care provided to him and his family from the hospices and the staff of Louis B. Stokes VA Medical Center and from our home health aides, Christa and Loretta.
     The Schwartz, Spence, Boyer & Cool Home for Funerals, 1124 W. 5th Street, Lorain, assisted with the arrangements.
     Online condolences at

 Service Information

Gathering of Family and Friends
January 20, 2018

10:00 AM
Community Congregational Church
379 S. Main Street
Amherst, OH 44001

Memorial Service
January 20, 2018

11:00 AM
Community Congregational Church
379 S. Main Street
Amherst, OH 44001

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