- Local Guide
Robert Earl Schwab, 88, Falconer, N.Y., and Bradenton, Fla., passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at his home in Falconer.
He was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Frostburg, a son of the late James and Maud (Roush) Schwab.
Mr. Schwab was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II from 1944 to 1946.
Sept. 24, 1947, he married Betty L. Straitiff Schwab, who preceded him in death Oct. 1, 1984.
Dec. 28, 1985, in Jamestown, N.Y., he married Nora Mae Staley Zimmerman Schwab, who survives.
Mr. Schwab had worked at Spear Carbon and Summerville Brick Company.
Prior to retirement, he had been employed by James B. Schwab Company in Falconer, retiring in 1986.
In earlier years, Mr. Schwab was a member of Falconer United Methodist Church, where he actively served on numerous committees for numerous years, having served on the Board of the Methodist Gardens.
At the time of his death. he was a member of the Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church in Jamestown and an associate member of the Good Shephard Church of the Brethren in Bradenton.
Mr. Schwab will be remembered for his pleasant personality and wonderful smile. He lead a strong life of faith. He enjoyed extensive travels and enjoyed spending time both north and south with family and friends. Mr. Schwab also enjoyed playing card games and gardening.
In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include a daughter, Linda Johnson and husband Lorry of Jamestown; two grandchildren, Kristin Goldberg and husband Chad of Panama, N.Y., and Carin Silsby and husband Jonathan of Williamsville, N.Y.; two great-grandchildren, Cora Goldberg and Elise Silsby; four step-children: Linda Millward and husband David of China Grove, N.C., Janet Nordlund and husband Richard of Mt. Rushmore, S.D., Jacqueline Hemric and husband Phil of Greenville, S.C., and William Zimmerman of Bradenton; seven step-grandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren; a brother, James B. (Gerry) Schwab of Gerry; and a sister, Helen Dinger of Pennsylvania.
In addition to his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Herman Schwab, the Rev. Mervin Schwab and Blaine Schwab.
A funeral service was held Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church, Jamestown, with the Rev. Rick LaDue officiating.
Interment was at the Pine Hill Cemetery, Falconer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, N.Y. 14750; the Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church, 385 S. Main St., Jamestown, N.Y. 14701; or to The Good Shephard Church of The Brethren, 6323 13th St., CT. East, Bradenton, Fla. 34203.
Sympathy cards may be sent to Mrs. Linda Johnson, 452 Front St., Jamestown, N.Y., 14701.