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Jean Anne Schwartz

May 22, 1934 September 2, 2016
Jean Anne Schwartz
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Jean Anne Schwartz, age 82, was born on May 22, 1934 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Harold and Anne (Swanson) Schoelkopf. She attended Macalester College and then transferred to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, to complete her teaching degree. On November 24, 1956, she married L Kern Schwartz. They moved to Worthington, Minnesota in December 1958, where Kern began his veterinary practice. After their four kids were school age, Jean taught Title 1 reading and math for 20 years at Central Elementary in Worthington Minnesota.
Jean was an active member of the American Lutheran Church in Worthington. In addition to singing in the choir, she created the children’s Busy Bags after obtaining approval from Pastor C. J. Fellger.
Another church passion was starting an in-home visitation for the elderly church members. It’s from this experience she noted the need for communion distribution to be part of the companionship visits. She created the Care Visits Committee where many church members were trained to provide home communion. Jean provided communion during more than 400 home and care center visits.
Jean was also very instrumental in establishing the American Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund which continues to provide financial means to help church members attend the college of their choice.
One of Jean’s passions was to fish, perhaps due to her strong Swedish ancestry. She would never let anyone bait her hook, especially Kern, in case he might contaminate it with male hormones. She would always catch the most and biggest fish during family outings.
Jean also loved the Minnesota Vikings and her hands were never idle while watching a game. For many years it would be knitting, then hand smocking and embroidery, heirloom sewing and later quilting. The delicate garments created for her grandchildren were often in contrast to her passionate cries of “give ‘em snus” during the games.
Later in life, Jean turned her artistic talents into creating life-like baby dolls including an ethnically correct baby Jesus that continues to be used at American Lutheran Church at Christmas. She served as a mentor on several doll forums, creating friendships worldwide. She would never hesitate to send supplies to someone just starting out. A grateful friend shared on their doll forum that “Jean is a beautiful person with a generous heart.”
Jean was preceded in death by her parents and brother Dean Schoelkopf. She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, L Kern Schwartz and children Todd (Nancy) Schwartz of Urbandale, IA; Paul (Kathy) Schwartz of Saratoga Springs, NY; Amy (Tom) Letsche of Cherokee, IA; Sarah (Brian) Christensen of Sugar Land, TX; 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and sister Sandra (Ward) Bollinger of Petoskey, MI.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Benson Funeral Home in Worthington. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the American Lutheran Church in Worthington. Pastor Gary Andersen will officiate. Burial will be in the Worthington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to be directed to American Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund.

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5:00 PM 9/6/2016 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 9/6/2016 7:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
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11:00 AM 9/7/2016 11:00:00 AM
American Lutheran Church

915 Winifred St
Worthngton, MN 56187

American Lutheran Church
915 Winifred St Worthngton 56187 MN
United States

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Worthington Cemetery Final Resting Place

Nobles St
Worthington, MN 56187

Nobles St Worthington 56187 MN
United States

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