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Gerald “Gerry” John Schwark
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Obituary for Gerald “Gerry” John Schwark

Gerald “Gerry” John Schwark, 83, of Midland, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018, at MidMichigan Medical Center. He was born on December 29, 1934, in Ray Township, Michigan, son of Irvin H. and Clara A. (Schoof) Schwark. He graduated as President of the Class from Mt. Clemens High School in 1952 and attended Michigan Technological University, graduating in 1956 with a degree in chemical engineering. On September 29, 1956, he married Sylvia D. Bellman at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Clemens. Gerry was employed at The Dow Chemical Company for nearly 30 years while also serving early in his career as a Lieutenant in the U.S.A.F. Reserves. In addition, he earned an MBA from Central Michigan University. Following retirement from The Dow Chemical Company, he obtained a realtor’s license and worked in Midland for Ayre/Rhinehart Realtors.

Gerry was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he was on the visitor follow-up team and participated in LifeLight Bible study. He also enjoyed monthly activities with the Kiwassee Kiwanis Club. Gerry loved spending summers at the family cottage on South Manistique Lake in the Upper Peninsula where he taught his daughters and grandsons how to fish. He was also a passionate sports fan, rooting for all Michigan sports teams, especially the Detroit Tigers.

Surviving besides Sylvia, his wife of 61 years, are his daughters Joanne (Andrew Bell) of Lakewood, Ohio, and Martha of Jackson, Michigan; grandsons Ian and Evan Bell of Lakewood, Ohio; brother Alton Schwark and sister-in-law Doris Schwark. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lloyd Schwark, and sisters Irma Bonnett and Violet Harm.

Funeral services will take place at 11 am, Friday, June 15, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 505 E. Carpenter Street, with burial in Midland Cemetery. Friends may call at the Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler Street, on Thursday from 3-6 pm, and at the church on Friday from 10 am until time of services.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions to Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation, P.O. Box 1493, Midland, MI 48641, or St. John’s Lutheran Church.


Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

14

Jun

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Visitation

Friday

15

Jun

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church

505 E Carpenter St,
Midland, MI 48640

Service

Friday

15

Jun

11:00 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church

505 E Carpenter St,
Midland, MI 48640

Cemetery Details

Location

Midland Cemetery

3220 Orchard Drive
Midland, MI 48640

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