She was born in Herndon, Kan., on the family farm, eight miles south of Herndon on July 13, 1914. Her parents were Paul and Eilzabeth (Zwiekl) Steier. Her parents were first generation immigrants to the United States.
She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse two and a half miles from her home, going through the eighth grade. She then began her career as a housekeeper, cleaning other people's homes.
She met her husband Hugo Schwarz in 1932 and they married April 25, 1934. They had four children of their union. She loved sewing, cooking and being a mother and wife. In her lifetime she made more than 100 quilts, which she gave to her children, grandchildren and dear friends.
Her brothers, Herb, Walter, and Bob Steier as well as her sister, Emma Schiessler preceded her in death. Her husband Hugo, daughter, Glenda Gadbois and son Larry Schwarz also preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, the Rev. Gerald Schwarz and his wife, Phyllis of Callaway and her daughter, Sharon Pebley and her husband, Darrell of Longmont; one broher, Harry; one sister-in-law, Wilma Steier; her son-in-law, Floyd Gadbois; and granchildren, Jack, David and Daniel Roberts, Brian and Dannette Schwarz, Andrew and Patti Schwarz, James and Carrye Schwarz, Larry Lee, Larry Wilbur, Dedra, Linda, Lori and Said Schwarz. Survivors also include 12 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews as well as her beloved dog Chablis.
A memorial service is planned at the Life Care Center of Longmont Tuesday, Aug. 12. Church services will be at Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Dan Spearow officiating. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in McCook.
Memorials may be given to Memorial United Methodist Church of McCook or Life Care Center of Longmont.
Friends may call at Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook which is in charge of arrangements.