Mary Ann Schwalbe


Service Time: 5/9/2013 6:00 PM
Visitation Time: 5/9/2013 3:00 PM
Location: St. Kilian Catholic Church
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Mary Ann Schwalbe (nee O’Connor), age 77, of Hartford, passed away unexpectedly to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 5, 2013.

Mary was born November 29, 1935 in the Town of Erin on the O’Connor family farm to George and Dorothy O’Connor.  She was united in marriage to Charles Schwalbe at Holy Hill in Hubertus.  They were married 42 years.

She worked as the Washington County Deputy Clerk of Probate Court for 10 years and she also worked for over 25 years as the parish secretary at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Hartford.

Mary enjoyed spending time with her family.  They were the love and light of her life.  She was a gentle, kind soul and we will miss her forever.  Grandma’s new address is: Heaven.

Mary was the beloved wife of Charles John Schwalbe; loving and devoted mother of her “twins”, Michelle (Andrew) Radish and Christopher Schwalbe; proud grandmother of her precious grandchildren, Joseph, Nicholas, Maria, and Benjamin; two sisters, Carolyn Scheerer and Patricia O’Connor; one brother, Jerome O’Connor; four sisters-in-law, Gail (David) Guenterberg, Jeanne Schwalbe, Virginia O’Connor and Diane Brose; aunt Lorraine Lackas; further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, George and Dorothy O’Connor, brother, Edward O’Connor, twin brother and sister O’Connor, two brothers-in-law, Vincent Scheerer and Wayne Brose, and aunt Althea Bernd, who Mary shared a special friendship with because they had the same birthday, 11 years apart.

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Kilian Catholic Church, 264 W. State Street, Hartford, with Fr. David LaPlante officiating.  The family will greet relatives and friends on Thursday at the church from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  .

Interment will be directly after the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Kilian Cemetery in Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated.




Guest left condolence on Monday, May 06, 2013 1:56 PM

my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. Sincerely Karen E.

Guest left condolence on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 6:29 AM

My Dear Friend, I will surely miss you and our fish fries. You were truly and wonderful lady and a sweet person Blessings to all your family, Maureen Mitchell

Guest left condolence on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 10:33 AM

Our memories of Mary are always fresh and warm although we haven't seen her in many years. We know she's at peace in loving Arms. Richard and Liz Poole

Guest left condolence on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 7:20 PM

Our deepest sympathies. Mary was a joy. We greatly enjoyed seeing her on the 21st. Jim and Shirley Doubleday

Guest left condolence on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 5:12 AM

My prayers and thoughts for your family at this very sad time. Sincerely Maryann Collins

Guest left condolence on Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:00 AM

Chuck, I am so sorry for the loss of Mary, She was a kind, loving wife and mother, grandmother. May the Lord see you thru during this difficult time and just remember I'm thinking of you during this loss. my prayers are with you , Chuck

Guest left condolence on Friday, May 10, 2013 8:11 AM

I have known Mary for many years. She was always friendly, and pleasant and a joy to see!My sympathies to her family. Cheryl Hall

Guest left condolence on Friday, May 10, 2013 10:41 AM

What a kind person and wonderful aunt! Her interest in conversation and other people will be missed greatly. God Bless you Chris, Charlie, Michelle and family. Always thinking of Mary and you. Paul Scheerer

Guest left condolence on Friday, May 10, 2013 1:00 PM

Dear Chuck, So sorry for the loss of your wife. You have my heartfelt sympathy. Mary Rose Zimmerman Crass...West Bend

Guest left condolence on Friday, May 10, 2013 1:35 PM

If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane We would walk right up to heaven And bring you back again. No farewell words were spoken No time to say goodbye You were gone before we knew it And Only God knows why Our hearts still ache in sadness And secret tears still flow What it meant to lose you No one can ever know But now we know you want us To mourn for you no more To remember all the happy times Life still has much more in store Since you'll never be forgotten We pledge to you today A hallowed place within our hearts is where you'll always stay. Much love to the family

Guest left condolence on Saturday, May 18, 2013 8:41 PM

We miss you Grandma! Who is going to do our sewing now? Can you see us from heaven? You are the best Grandma ever!!!! We love you to the moon and back! Love you, love you, Joey, Nicky, Maria, and Benny xoxoxoxo

Guest left condolence on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 2:10 PM

An Irish Blessing "Don't grieve for me, for now I am free! I follow the plan God laid for me. I saw his face, I heard his call, I took his hand and left it all... I could not stay another day, To love, to laugh, to work, or play; Tasks undone, must stay that way. And if my parting has left a void Then fill it with remembered joy. Perhaps my time seemed all to brief- Don't shorten yours with undue grief. Be not burdened with tears of sorrow, Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow." For Mary Ann (nee O'Connor) Schwalbe a fun spirited Irish gal Love and miss you!

Guest left condolence on Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:03 PM

"If roses grow in heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me, Place them in my Mother's arms and tell her they're from me. Tell her I love her and miss her, and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile. Because remembering her is easy, I do it every day, but there's an ache within my heart that will never go away." (Anonymous) To my beautiful mother up in heaven. Love you today, tomorrow and always.

Guest left condolence on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 9:42 PM

Memorare Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petition, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. Mary Schwalbe's family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Guest left condolence on Thursday, May 30, 2013 9:25 PM

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping In this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, Thine eyes of mercy towards us. And after this, our exile, Shown unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. For Mary Schwalbe and her family

Guest left condolence on Thursday, June 06, 2013 10:14 PM

For my beautiful Irish girl with the dark brown eyes and black hair. Oh, to remember you when you were young, what a beauty you were! You are a beautiful person on the inside and out! I miss your laugh, your smile, I miss you!! "Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Everything remains as it was. The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no sorrow in your tone. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effort. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again."

Guest left condolence on Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:19 PM

Dear Chuck, Michelle, and Chris: I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was a great lady. She is having a great time being reunited with her mother, Dorothy, brother Eddie, and all her other relatives. You will see your wonderful wife and mother again in heaven. God Bless, Andy "Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love, Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life." -St. Francis of Assisi