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Katharina "Kathy" Schwarz

May 13, 1928 February 24, 2019
Katharina "Kathy" Schwarz
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Obituary for Katharina "Kathy" Schwarz

Katharina (Kathy) Schwarz, 90, of Waterloo, died Sunday, February 24, at MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center.

She was born May 13, 1928 in Stamora Germana, Romania, daughter of Adam and Barbara (Krämer) Elsässer. Kathy married Wilhelm Schwarz on April 3, 1947 in Vienna, Austria. Married for over sixty-three years, Wilhelm died November 18, 2010.

Kathy was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was a cook in a refugee camp in Vienna for eight years. After coming to the United States and moving to Cincinnati, Ohio, Kathy was first employed by the McGregor’s Warehouse. For a brief time she was salesperson at Shillito's, before being hired as a talented seamstress. She worked in this field at Mabley & Carew until her retirement. In Cincinnati, along with her husband Wilhelm, Kathy was a member of the Cincinnati Donauschwaben.

In 1995, Wilhelm and Kathy moved to Waterloo, Iowa. She loved Czech Polka music and played the accordion. Her passions were sewing, crocheting, cooking, baking, and gardening.

Survivors include: a son, Alfred “Fred” (Joanne) Schwarz of Waterloo; a granddaughter, Karin (Joel) Mills of Newton and a great granddaughter, Frances Mills of Newton.

Preceded in death by: a brother, Michael Elsässer and great-grandson, Silas Mills.

A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, preceded by two hours of visitation. Entombment will be in the Mt. Olivet Columbarium.

Memorials may be directed to the Cedar Valley Catholic Schools.


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Visitation

Saturday

2

Mar

9:00 AM 3/2/2019 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/2/2019 11:00:00 AM
Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - West Ridgeway

300 West Ridgeway Ave.
Waterloo, IA 50701

Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - West Ridgeway
300 West Ridgeway Ave. Waterloo 50701 IA
United States

Memorial Service

Saturday

2

Mar

11:00 AM 3/2/2019 11:00:00 AM
Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - West Ridgeway

300 West Ridgeway Ave.
Waterloo, IA 50701

Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - West Ridgeway
300 West Ridgeway Ave. Waterloo 50701 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Mt. Olivet Cemetery Final Resting Place

3912 W. 4th Street
Waterloo, IA 50701

3912 W. 4th Street Waterloo 50701 IA
United States
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