Harold J. ‘Hal’ Schwab

Harold J. "Hal" Schwab of Waukesha died Sunday, July 27, 2008, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at age 79.

Hal was the devoted husband of Iris for 48 years; loving father of Mark (Pam) of Atlanta; Theresa (Sebastian) Bednarek of Madison and Paul (Brenda) of Whitefish Bay; and fun-loving grandpa of Marlaina, Ryland, Marissa, Easton and Lauren. Hal is further survived by his sisters, Alice (James) Burlingame, Marie Ely and Elaine Cease; sister-in-law, Lucille Schwab; and brothers-in-law, Eugene Heldt and Edward Drabick. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Hal was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Clara; brothers, Ozzi and Franklin; and sisters, Esther Drabick and Florence Meyers.

His unwavering optimism and zest for life were contagious to those who knew him. While he found so much in the world to savor, nothing brought him more joy than time spent with his wife, children, their spouses and his grandchildren. A man of great integrity, Hal instilled in his children a deep sense of right and wrong and the importance of never giving up. He had a strong religious faith and was active in the church for many years as minister of the Eucharist at the hospital and in the jail ministry. Hal touched the lives of many during his career as a teacher and counselor with Milwaukee Public Schools. For much of his life he was also in real estate sales.

Born and raised in Madison, he graduated from Madison Central in 1948. Hal earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

He left the world a better place than he found it and he will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Thursday, July 31, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Jason Lavann will be officiating. A committal service will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Waukesha.

Memorials in Hal's name may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation, 16655 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield, WI 53005, or the American Diabetes Association, 2323 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 502, Wauwatosa, WI 53226.

Our special thanks to Dr. Wittman and Dr. Afzal, the staffs at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Purity Dialysis, Curative Network and LindenGrove Nursing Home for all their help and care.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Services is serving the family. For further information, call 542-6609, or for an online obituary, directions or to leave a condolence, go to www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.