On Thursday, September 16th of 2021, in his home surrounded by his children, Frank C. Schwab passed away at the age of 92.
Frank was born at home, delivered by a midwife, in White City, Illinois on 12-11-1928. His parents, Joseph and Mary (Tanczula) Schwab had immigrated from the old country, Kirald, Hungary, on 09-05-1908. Their ship the Zeeland landed in New York Harbor Ellis Island on 09-14-1908. Frank's parents and eldest sister, Mary, immediately headed to White City where his grandmother, Mary, and his father's siblings, Carl, Rudy, Emma, were awaiting their arrival.
Frank was baptized in the Holy Trinity Church. Due to transportation issues, he transferred to Church of the Ascension, now known as St. John Paul II. For decades he was very active in the church. He participated in choir, was a member of the cemetery board, and filled many other volunteer positions.
During his childhood, Frank lived in the shadows of the Great Depression. Times were tough, but the family bonds were strong. He shared stories of gathering mushrooms with his dad and barrels of acorns for his grandmother's livestock. Due to his father's mining injury, Frank's responsibilities increased at an early age. He gardened and helped with the repairs around the house. He talked about their first radio purchase from Soulsby's and swimming in King's Lake with his friends. He loved his mother's homemade soup, bread, and plum dumplings. He also talked about helping his brother, John, crank his Model T. Frank's first car was a 1933 Chevy which he purchased for $25.
Frank attended the local White City Public School for grades one through eight. Then while living in White City walked with his friends to Mt. Olive to finish his education at Mt. Olive High School. Frank worked for many places each one was better than the last: Emerson Electric, Brown Shoe Co., Consolidated Coal Co. Mine #15, Hillsboro Smelter, Rock-Ola, Victor Casket, A.O. Smith, and many more. His career ended at Granite City Steel where he held a blacksmith position for 32 years. He also served in the Illinois National Guard and on the Mt. Olive School Board.
He enjoyed an active lifestyle with a wide variety of interests including playing Pinochle, visiting with family and friends, gardening, raising chickens, picking blackberries, camping, traveling, taking long drives, walks, bike rides, remodeling houses, collecting toy cars and coins. Although, his greatest moments of joy came from his family.
Frank married the love of his life, Erma L. Overby on March 11th of 1949. Theirs was a life well-lived. It was a loving marriage that spanned over 70 years of utter and complete devotion. Together they raised four children, Stephen, David, Diana, and Sharon with unwavering love and support. Eventually, that unconditional love was shared with many generations of grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife Erma, son Stephen, grandson Matthew, parents, siblings (Mary, Joseph, John, Veronica, Louis, Antonia), many additional family members, and dear friends. He is survived by his son, David, daughters Diana (Bill) Edwards, Sharon (Tom) Earll, grandchildren Laura (Doug), (Brandie), Stephanie (Galen), David, Kristen, Brett (Kristen), Chad, Jonathan, great-grandchildren Lucas, Elsa, Jake, Max, Chance, Kayla (Stephen), Bryan, Emily, Lilly, Caitlin, Dominic and great-great-grandchildren Cohen, Lincoln, Elsie.
He will be missed by everyone who ever had the privilege of knowing him.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday, September 20, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.
Both arrangements are located at the address below:
St. John Paul II Catholic Parish Church, 705 E Main St., Mt. Olive, IL 62069
Memorials are suggested to St. John Paul II Parish Church, St. John Paul II Alter & Rosary Society, or Calvary Cemetery.
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