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Romaine R. Schwem

July 15, 1937 May 13, 2018
Romaine R. Schwem
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Obituary for Romaine R. Schwem

Romaine R. Schwem, 80, died Sunday, May 13 at Covenant Medical Center.

He was born July 15, 1937 in Fredericksburg Township, son of Loraine and Elnora Niemeyer Schwem. He married Shirley J. Malloy on March 4, 1957 in Waterloo. She died Sept. 23, 2002.

Romaine worked at Rath Packing Co. for 29 years while also working at Quick Delivery & Transfer. He later worked at McGregors Furniture as a warehouse foreman, while also caring for his wife who suffered with Parkinson’s Disease. He retired in 2010.

He is survived by two daughters, Teresa (David) Murray and Marla Newman, both of Waterloo; two grandchildren, Shane (Kristi Thomas) Murray and Blaire (Daniel) Lund; a great-granddaughter, Pieper Thomas-Murray; two brothers, Jerry (Lucy) Schwem of Gays Mills, Wis. and Steven Schwem of Viroqua, Wis.; two sisters, Myrna Costa of Waterloo and Marlene (Steve) Knapp of Westgate.

He was preceded in death by his wife; an infant son, Jonathan; a sister, Margaret DeLong; two brothers, Dennis and Mark Schwem.

Services will be 10:30 am Friday at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, 1122 W. 11th St., with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Thursday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street and will continue for 1 hour preceding services at the church on Friday.

Romaine was a caregiver for his wife, family and anyone that needed a helping hand. He also took time for himself by regularly working out at Covenant, reading mystery novels and playing games and cards with his family.

Memorials may be made to Parkinson's Research or the American Cancer Society.

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4:00 PM 5/17/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/17/2018 7:00:00 PM
Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - South Street

400 South St.
Waterloo, IA 50701

also 1 hour preceding services at the church on Friday

Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup - South Street
400 South St. Waterloo 50701 IA
United States





10:30 AM 5/18/2018 10:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM 5/18/2018 11:30:00 AM
St. Ansgar Lutheran Church

1122 W 11th St
Waterloo, Iowa 50702

St. Ansgar Lutheran Church
1122 W 11th St Waterloo 50702 Iowa
United States

Cemetery Details


Garden of Memories Cemetery Final Resting Place

3669 Logan Avenue
Waterloo, Iowa 50703

3669 Logan Avenue Waterloo 50703 Iowa
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Cancer Society

Memorials may be made to Parkinson's Research and the American Cancer Society.

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