Erich Herman Schwanz, 86

Erich Herman Schwanz, 86, of Saukville, died believing in Jesus, the world’s Savior, and was called to his eternal home in heaven on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. 

Erich was born at home in Mequon, on June 7, 1925, son of Erich Carl and Marie (Schmeling) Schwanz, and was born again in the waters of Holy Baptism on July 5, 1925, and confirmed in the Lutheran faith on May 14, 1939.
He met his wife, June Koehler, while he was attending a party at her parents’ home where she stated to her relatives, "That’s the man for me." The two were married on April 15, 1950, at Zoar Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, and were blessed with 59 years of marriage. 

Erich was a farmer and hunter. He also served as an Ozaukee County Deputy Sheriff, was a member of the board for the town of Saukville, and retired from Simplicity Manufacturing. 

Erich was an avid hunter, enjoyed playing church softball into his upper 70s, and treasured the time he had with his family and friends. Erich also was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church-West, Mequon. 

Among those who survive him are two daughters and two sons, Janet (Michael) Beder of Wild Rose; Jo Anne (David) Berth of Green Bay; Jerold (Cindy) Schwanz of Neillsville; and Jay (Jody) Schwanz of Saukville; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one on the way; two brothers, Gerald of Mequon, and Armin (Mary) of Port Washington; and many other relatives, friends, and loved ones. 

He was preceded in death by his wife and his sister Rosabel Schwanz. 

A service of Christian funeral will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church-West, 11458 N. Wauwatosa Rd, Mequon, with the Rev. Kenneth Kolberg officiating. Music will be provided by Jacob Behnken and grandson, Brian Schwanz. 

Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday. Interment will follow the service in the Trinity West-Mequon Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Trinity Lutheran Church-West, Mequon. 

"If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord." (Romans 14:8). 

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Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory Grafton assisted the family with arrangements.