Curtis T. Schowalter, 93


The Rev. Curtis T. Schowalter, 93, of West Bend, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Cedar Community. He was born on March 12, 1920, in Milwaukee to the late Harris and Adel (nee Puls) Schowalter. His early years were spent in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. After graduating from Washington High School, Curt entered the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and graduated with a degree in secondary education.

During World War II Curt graduated from the Army Officersí Candidate School and served on assignment at Camp McCoy and Fort Sheridan. It was at this time that Curt was united in marriage to Marjorie Abraham on Sept. 25, 1943.

Following his honorable discharge in March of 1946, Curt began his seminary training at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Daughter Jane was born in October. In May of 1948, the Schowalters moved to Lake Geneva, where Curt began his first pastorate at 1st Congregational U.C.C. Ordination was celebrated in September. After five years in Lake Geneva, Curt and Marge made their home in Greendale, during which time Ruth Ann was born. Curt served at Greendale Community Church for six years, during which son Jim was born. In the fall of 1960 Curt accepted a call to the First Congregational Church in Ottawa, Ill., where he spent the next 19 years. Curt also ministered at the Second Congregational Church in Rockford, Ill., for five years, and the First Congregational Church in Carpentersville, Ill., for two years.

In 1987, Curt and Marge moved to Cedar Ridge in West Bend, and Curt served at St. Johnís U.C.C. in Kohlsville for 14 years until his retirement.

He was a member of Peace U.C.C. in Kewaskum, past dean of the Illinois Mission Council, served as Church Camp director at Pilgrim Park many times, served as moderator and vice moderator in the Northern Association, fivetime delegate to the General Council and General Synod of the Congregational Church and the United Church of Christ, long-time Rotarian, and throughout the years served on many other civic and religious boards. While at Cedar Ridge, Curt started the menís breakfast club, started and moderated the current events program, and was active in the Bible study program.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; three children, Jane (James) Bracher of Carmel, Calif., Ruth Ann (Lynden) Mitchell of Annandale, Va., and Jim (Raechel) Schowalter of Brookfield; six grandchildren, Elizabeth (Mikael) Johnston, Ted (Lisa) Mitchell, Lindsey Mitchell, Katie (Joel) Amidon, Kristin (Andrew) Amenson and Timothy Schowalter; seven great-grandchildren, Ty Mitchell, Alec Mitchell, Noah Amidon, Annabelle Amidon, Jackson Amidon, Henry Amenson and Wesley Johnston; a sister, Margaret McConnaughay of West Bend; a brother, Richard (Lynn) Schowalter of Hartland; a sister-in-law, Ruth Abraham of South Milwaukee; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harris and Adel Schowalter; his parents- in-law, Arthur and Eleanor Abraham; and two brothers-in-law, James Abraham, and James McConnaughay.

A memorial service in celebration of Curtís life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Cedar Ridge (113 Cedar Ridge Drive) West Bend. The Rev. Eric Kirkegaard of Peace U.C.C., Kewaskum, will officiate. Visitation will be in the chapel on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service, with fellowship following the service.

Cremation will take place at Myrhum ~ Patten Funeral & Cremation Service and burial of Curtís cremated remains will be in Pinelawn Memorial Park, Milwaukee.

Memorials to the Alzheimerís Association ó Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter (620 S. 76th St., Milwaukee, WI 53214) are appreciated by the family.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.myrhum-patten.com.