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Peter George Schirmer

Male 1949 - 2001  (51 years)


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  • Name Peter George Schirmer  [1
    • "He was born Peter Mark Schirmer, but changed to George because it was his grandfather's name."
    Born 16 Sep 1949  Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Between 1976 and 2001  Rahway, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Attorney 
    Reference Number 5971 
    Residence Between 1991 and 2001  1068 Midwood Dr., Rahway, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 13 Mar 2001  1068 Midwood Dr., Rahway, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Cause: House fire 
    Person ID I5971  Zellner Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2020 

    Father Dr. William Joseph Schirmer,   b. 15 Oct 1916, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 2006, Seacrest Village Nursing Home, 1001 Center St., Little Egg Harbor, Ocean, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Jean Mary Bergen,   b. 1 Mar 1920, Norwood, St Lawrence, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 2008, Forked River, Ocean, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 20 Jul 1944  [2
    Reference Number MARR1156 
    Family ID F103  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Living 
    Children 
    +1. Living
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F6793  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F1771  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Sep 1949 - Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Attorney - Between 1976 and 2001 - Rahway, Union, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1991 and 2001 - 1068 Midwood Dr., Rahway, Union, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: House fire - 13 Mar 2001 - 1068 Midwood Dr., Rahway, Union, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • SCHIRMER,
      Suddenly on Tuesday, March 13, 2001, Peter G. Schirmer of Rahway, beloved father of Chip and Colette Schirmer, devoted son of William J. Schirmer, M.D., and Jean Bergen Schirmer, loving brother of Karen M. Coon, Thomas A. Schirmer, Michael P. Schirmer, Ellen M. Lipsher, Christopher J., Joseph W., Matthew W. and Paul B. Schirmer, former husband of Charlotte O'Connor, also survived by 24 nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Agnes Church, 332 Madison Hill Rd., Clark, on Saturday, March 17, at 9:45 a.m. Visitation will be held at The PETTIT-DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, 371 W. Milton Ave., Rahway, on Friday 5-9 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Covenant House, Box 731 Times Square Station, N.Y. 10108, would be appreciated.

      Date: 2001/03/15 Thursday Page: 041 Section: NEWS Edition: FINAL Size: 145 words

      Peter G. Schirmer, 51, lawyer

      OBITUARY
      A Mass for Peter G. Schirmer, 51, of Rahway will be at 9:45 a.m. Saturday in St. Agnes Church, 332 Madison Hill Rd., Clark.
      Mr. Schirmer died Tuesday at home.

      A lawyer, he maintained a private practice in Rahway since 1976.

      Mr. Schirmer earned a bachelor's degree from St. Peter's College, Jersey City, and was a graduate of Seton Hall University Law School, Newark.

      He was a member of the New Jersey Bar Association and the Rahway Board of Education.

      Born in Elizabeth, he lived in Westfield and Hillside before moving to Rahway 10 years ago.

      Surviving are a son, Chip; a daughter, Colette; his parents, Dr. William J. and Jean Schirmer; sisters, Mrs. Karen M. Coon and Mrs. Ellen M. Lipsher, and brothers, Thomas A., Michael P., Christopher J., Joseph W., Matthew W.

      STAR-LEDGER STAFF

      A Rahway school board member was believed killed yesterday morning when fire destroyed his home on Midwood Drive.

      While authorities could not positively identify the badly burned body found in the attic, officials and family members suspect the victim is Peter G. Schirmer, a lawyer who was elected to the board of education last year.

      Schirmer, 52, was believed to be alone in his house when the fire started about 6:30 a.m. Schirmer was separated from his wife, Charlotte O'Connor, but lived with the couple's 14-year-old daughter, Colette, who was spending the night at a friend's house, according to fire officials.

      O'Connor said the family was shocked and devastated, and despite the lack of identification they were making funeral arrangements. Police said autopsy results could take from a day to one week, as the body was burned beyond recognition.

      "He was the greatest guy in the world and loved our daughter more than life itself," said his former wife, who said despite their separation the couple had stayed very close friends.

      When firefighters arrived, the entire two-story house was engulfed in flames. The fire was brought under control in half an hour by 40 firefighters from Rahway and Roselle, said Rahway Battalion Chief Gerard Dodman.

      Two Rahway firefighters were injured when a staircase collapsed, Dodman added. Charles Leone and John Fleocshman were treated for minor injuries in Rahway Hospital and released.

      Next-door neighbor William Smeltzer managed to save the family dog but the intense smoke and heat prevented him from helping Schirmer, police Capt. Kevin White said.

      Neighbor and fellow school board member Peter Kowal sat on the steps of his house yesterday, staring at the burned-out home.

      "The fire was unbelievably intense. We woke up from the sound of it," said Kowal, a close friend who remembered Schirmer as a kind and friendly neighbor.

      Schirmer was elected to the school board in April and had been an active and vocal member, participating in several committees, board attorney Alan Schnirman said.

      "This is shocking and certainly a big loss to us," Schnirman said.

      The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

      PHOTO CAPTION: 1. Investigators work yesterday at the scene of a house fire on Midwood Drive in Rahway. A badly burned body found in the attic is believed to be lawyer Peter G. Schirmer. CREDIT: 1. ANDREW MILLS/THE STAR-LEDGER

  • Sources 
    1. [S520] Colette Schirmer.

    2. [S204] Vincent Burke.

    3. [S150] Obituary, Peter G. Schirmer.