Brentwood councilwoman known for dedication
A single red rose sat in the place of longtime Brentwood Borough Councilwoman Elizabeth Ann Schade Monday night, as her colleagues said a fond farewell.
They spoke of her kindness and the dedication she had for Brentwood and the council position she held for the last 12 years.
“She was very much a lady all the time,” Councilman John Frombach said.
Schade, 63, a 33-year employee of the Brentwood Borough School District and longtime secretary at Elroy Elementary, died Sunday. She served on borough council since 2001, when she was appointed to serve a term vacated by her husband, David, who died while in office.
“She was kind, compassionate and selfless,” said Elroy Principal Amy Burch, noting that Schade's favorite part of the school day was morning, when students came in to talk. “She would greet them with a smile or sometimes she would joke around with them.”
Schade, a member of the Italian Sons & Daughters of America, served on the altar guild at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
She always wanted to help others, even if it meant sacrificing her own needs, Burch said. “She put everybody first,” Burch said.
Schade, like her husband — who played Uncle Sam in the Brentwood Fourth of July parades for many years — was committed to serving Brentwood, her colleagues said.
Even when other commitments got in the way, she talked about council and her desire to be at meetings, Councilman Rich Schubert said.
“She had a real dedication,” he said.
Schade, a Democrat, won a four-year term on council in the November election, but never was sworn in.
Council members will review ways to fill the vacancy, council President Marty Vickless said. They have 30 days to appoint someone to a two-year term on council. The seat then will be on the ballot during the next municipal election, Vickless said.
Options for filling the vacancy include advertising the opening in the newspaper, conducting interviews or simply making an appointment, Vickless said. Council members will decide by next week how to proceed, he said.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.