Wilbur Schwartz passed peacefully on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at age 89. He was a highly decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Purple Heart. Wilbur was a Pewaukee legend, being a longtime member of the Pewaukee Volunteer Fire Department and one of the first certified EMTs in Waukesha County and the state of Wisconsin. He was involved in the VFW, Purple Heart Society and DAV. Wilbur was a vestry member of St. Anskarís Episcopal Church in Hartland.
Wilburís work career included owning a dry cleaning establishment, working as a mail carrier, driving a truck for Stadler Construction and salesman for Pewaukee Mattress Company. He ended his career working with his granddaughter at McDonaldís. Following his doctorís advice, Wilbur started walking for his health and developed a regular route along Pewaukee lakefront and nearby park collecting aluminum cans for recycling (specifics of additional can routes were never shared). Wilburís humor was enjoyed by his family and many friends during his lifetime. He was proud of his family and their accomplishments.
Wilbur is survived by his wife of 16 years, Wanda; son, Gary (Kathi Voss-) Schwartz; grandchildren, Nicholas Schwartz and Brianne (James) Pietrzak; daughter, Judy (Jack) Kearns; grandchildren, Kimberly (Casey) Silseth, Stacy Gray (Ryan Moore) and Jenel (Scott) Davis; as well as great-grandchildren, Parker Silseth, Cole, Max and Kinsey Davis.
He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Lois.
Wilbur also enjoyed traveling and spending time with Wandaís family: stepchildren, April (John) Wald of Hartford and Rhonda (David) Schneider of Winneconne, and step grandchildren, Michael and Christopher Wald and Patrick and Curtis Schneider.
A celebration of Wilburís life will take place on Friday, Feb. 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Mass following at 7:00 p.m. at St. Anskarís Episcopal Church, N48-W31340 Highway 83, Hartland.
In lieu of flowers, Wilbur requested that donations be made in his memory to the church. The family wishes to send a special thank you to the caregivers at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Linden Grove-Waukesha and the Waukesha Fire Department firefighter paramedics.
Yonke and Son Funeral Home, 691-1900, is serving the family.