Mass of Christian Burial services for Leo Francis Schwartz, 87, Lawrence, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 17, 2012 at St. Johns the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lawrence. He died on Friday, December 14, 2012 at his home.
He was born on July 4, 1925 near Basehor, KS the son of Joseph H. and Frances G. (Hund) Schwartz.
He worked on a farm until 1948, when he joined the United States Army. He served our country in the Korean War and received the rank of Sergeant. After his service he worked for Kansas Color Press and for the City of Lawrence in Parks and Recreation Department and retired in 1987.
He married Teresa Hernandez on June 18, 1955 in Lawrence, KS. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two daughters, Anita Schwartz, Ana Maas, both of Topeka; two sons, Andrew Schwartz, Lawrence, Richard Schwartz, and life partner, Kevin J. Hammonds, New York; two grandchildren; Kristen Maas, Topeka, Mark Schwartz, and wife, Monica, Groton, CT; four step grandchildren, Angela, Chris, Anthony, and Bobby; 10 step great grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Rathke, and husband, William, Opie, KS, Clara Ehrsam, and husband Eldon, Santa Ynez, CA; and one brother, Ed Schwartz, and wife, Ruth, Lee’s Summit, MO and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joseph; sister, Mary; son-in-law, Mark Maas; and daughter-in-law, Valerie Schwartz.
A visitation will begin at 4 – 6 p.m. with a parish rosary being recited at 6 p.m. Sunday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
The family suggests memorials in his name to Visiting Nurses or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church – Building Fund and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
For the Family of Leo: Our thoughts are with you. Leo meant so much to us. He was indeed a very social individual and willing to help anyone in need. His home was always open to everyone. You never left without a bag of vegetables. We will certainly miss him.
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Leo was our neighbor for many years, Our kids all grew up together,Wonderful family.Leo was always so ready to help anyone who needed it. We loved his rabbits.Our prayers are with the famiy.
Teresa and Family,
Larry Meyer sent me an e-mail of Leo’s passing. I remember visiting in your home when Herman was alive. But the best thing I remember was when Leo would come and visit my dad and they would have such good visits in the garage. You both were wonderful neighbors and family. You both worked so hard in your garden. My prayers are with you Teresa and all. Love, Laura Mae (Meyer0 Mason