Dr. Paul Schreckenberger

Paul C. Schreckenberger, PhD, 69, of River Forest, died suddenly on Nov. 29, 2016. Since 2005, he was the director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Loyola University Medical Center and a professor of Pathology at the Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood. Internationally recognized as an expert in the field of microbiology, he lectured at conferences around the world. In 2014, he was one of the contributors to a report in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, based on a Loyola study, which disproved the myth that urine is sterile.

Raised in Buffalo, New York, he began his career as a medical technologist, earning his PhD at University of Illinois Chicago in 1989. He served seven years in the U.S. Army National Guard. 

At Loyola, he was named Teacher of the Year by pathology residents three times. He was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology in 2008 and received the Illinois Society for Microbiology’s Pasteur Award in 2010. 

According to a memorial written by Dr. John Biemer, “He kept spirits high in the department with festivities such as a costume contest or a theme lunch with hot dogs when the Cubs were in the World Series.”

Paul Schreckenberger was the husband of Ann (nee Dye); the father of Adam and the late Laura and Scott; the brother of Ann Marie (Jean Bernard) Roeder, Mary Kathryn (Arthur) Hart, Thomas (Claudine), Denise (Darryl) Anello, and Charles “Chas” (Kimberly) Schreckenberger; brother-in-law of Cindy (Jerry) Redmond and Sharon (the late Nelson) Dye; uncle of many; and son of the late Charles and Dorothy Schreckenberger.

Visitation was held on Dec. 4 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. 5 at St. Giles Church in Oak Park, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Community Support Services, cssservices.org/donate, are appreciated.

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