Desmond Schantzer, 21, firefighter, diesel technician

By on June 15, 2011

Desmond Marcus Schantzer, 21, of Reinholds, passed away Monday, June 6, 2011 at his residence.

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of Mark and Deborah (Grevin) Schantzer, with whom he resided.

Desmond was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Ephrata and was an active member of the Denver Volunteer Fire Company.

A 2007 graduate of Cocalico High School, Desmond had attended the Willow Street Career and Technology Center during his senior year and was currently a student at Universal Technical Institute in Exton. He enjoyed fishing, motorcycling, horseback riding and four-wheeling.

Desmond presently worked as a diesel technician for Cumberland Trucking in Ephrata and previously worked at the Cloister Car Wash in Reading.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his sister: Danielle E. Schantzer, companion of Josh Mertz, of Denver; his nephew: Degen Mertz, of Denver; his paternal grandparents: Claire and Bernard Schantzer, of Coatesville; his maternal grandmother: Patricia Grevin, of Reinholds; and his godparents: Darlene and Terry Sayers, of Pittsburgh.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather: David Grevin.

Funeral services were held at Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home June 12. Burial took place in Swamp Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Desmond’s memory may be made to the Denver Volunteer Fire Company, 425 Locust St., Denver, PA 17517.

Arrangements were made by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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