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
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
Cremation will take place at Myrhum ~ Patten Funeral & Cremation Service
and burial of Curtís cremated remains will be in Pinelawn Memorial Park,
Memorials to the Alzheimerís Association ó Southeastern Wisconsin
Chapter (620 S. 76th St., Milwaukee, WI 53214) are appreciated by the
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