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William F. Shambach, 80, of Sunbury, passed away on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, surrounded by his family.
He was born May 19, 1937, a son of the late Grace and Jesse Shambach of Kissimmee. On June 20, 1961, Bill was married to Toni Kerstetter. They enjoyed a very happy marriage of almost 57 years.

Bill was a 1955 graduate of Middleburg Joint High School. After graduation Bill enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 19. During his four years of service, he worked for a three star general in the Pentagon and had the privilege of being an honor guard for President Eisenhower. One of the greatest and proudest honors of his life was to serve as a Marine and to serve his country. Above anything else, loyalty and love for his family came first.

Bill was very well known in the area as a friendly, caring and happy family man. Throughout his life, he had a passion for starting up small businesses. One of those businesses was helping Toni launch her clothing boutique "The Shambeau" in Selinsgrove. He very much enjoyed traveling with her to New York City and spending time with her for all of the clothing buying shows. Over the last 57 years, William owned and operated Shambach's Carpet Cleaning service with the help of his son Mike. Mike will continue to operate the business.

He enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandsons. He loved the beach and also his trip with his wife to Europe. He will be greatly missed by his family, including his constant canine companion Sofie. Bill was a proud mason for more than 50 years.

He is survived by his wife, Sonja "Toni" Shambach; son, Michael Shambach and wife Jill, of Sunbury; daughter, Tonya Quester and husband David, of Glen Mills; five grandchildren, Chantel Shambach, Jesse Shambach, Blake Shambach, Jake Quester, Skylar Quester; three greatgrandsons, Landen, Derrick and Mikah (twins) Duffy.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St. Sunbury, where the funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday.
Interment with full military honors will be in Pomfret Manor Cemetery, Sunbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published on January 23, 2018
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