Norman E. Schwanz

March 3, 1925 – July 27, 2010

Norman E. Schwanz of Waukesha passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at his home surrounded by family. He was 85 years old.

Norman was born in Theinsville on March 3, 1925, a son of the late Herman and Martha (Voigt) Schwanz. He was married to Pearl (Blinten) on Sept. 24, 1949, and together they raised eight children. Norman worked as a dairy farmer for 15 years and later went to work for Guthrie Lyon Pump Sales and Engineering. He retired from Husco Hydraulic Equipment after 25 years. Norman was a longtime member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and was also a member of the Milwaukee Accordion Club. He also enjoyed fishing and making wine.

Norman is survived by his beloved wife of more than 60 years, Pearl of Waukesha; his children, Marilyn (Art) Olson of Waukesha, Roger (Michelle) Schwanz of Fond Du Lac, David (Nancy) Schwanz of Eagle, Loreen (Jeff) Pace of Sussex, Richard (Debbie) Schwanz of Waukesha, Carol (Tim) O’Leary of Butler, Joan Schultz of Waukesha and Kurt Schwanz of Milwaukee; grandchildren, Lori Gabay, Carrie Olson, Diane and Brian Ward, Caitlin and Rachel Schwanz, Sondra and Kyle Pace, Lauren and Stephen Schwanz, Sarah O’Leary and Samantha and Julia Schultz; as well as three great-grandchildren. He also leaves many cousins, extended family and friends.

Visitation for Norman will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 30, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until the 12:30 p.m. funeral service Saturday, July 31, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1052 Whiterock Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Larry Gates will be officiating. Entombment will follow in Prairie Home Cemetery on Prairie Avenue in Waukesha.

Memorials are appreciated to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at the above address or to the Retzer Nature Center, S14-W28167 Madison St., Waukesha, WI 53188.

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