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Archie E. Schiff, 107, formerly of Pottsville, Pa., baseball player, veteran, business owner

Archie E. Schiff, 107, of Manassas, VA and formerly of Pottsville, PA passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2018. in his residence with his family by his side.

Archie was born on July 22, 1911 in New York , NY, just one year before the sinking of the Titanic. He was the son of the late Philip and Gussie (Pollner) Schiff.

He was a life long member of the Oheb Zedeck Synagogue, Pottsville.

Archie proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He served in the China/India Burma Theater, where he was in charge of scheduling the maintenance for the Sorte flights and was known as “Old Eagle Eye” for his ability to spot aircrafts before anyone else.

He was the former owner and operator of the Pottsville Window Cleaning Company for over 45 years after taking over the business started by his father.

Archie was a very fascinating and interesting man to talk with and was especially proud of the years he spent playing minor league baseball for the Pottsville team and sharing stories of all of the changes he had witnessed in his 107 years.

In addition to his parents, Archie was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi (Freilich) in 2009 and to whom he was married 60 years; sisters: Ann Ellman and Freda Schiff; and brother: Isadore Schiff.

He is survived by a daughter, Susan, wife of Carl Murphy, with whom he resided in Manassas; son, Lawrence Schiff, of Hawaii; granddaughter, Elena Schiff; sister, Rose Jeser, of FL; one niece and one nephew; several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, December 12th at 10:30 a.m. in Oheb Zedeck Cemetery, Pottsville with the Rabbi Brian Michelson officiating.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at lordbixler.com.

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