Pearl E. Schwenke, 87, of Sandusky, died early Wednesday morning, April 11, 2007, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky.
She was born Jan. 30, 1920, in Milwaukee, Wis., where she grew up, graduated from South Division High School, and attended the University of Wisconsin. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church until she married Albert in August of 1943. She then became a member of Friedens Evangelical and Reformed Church and taught Sunday school. The family left for the Ghana mission field in 1953 and returned in 1963. While there she was active in organizing a Sunday school, working with women, and had a special project teaching women crafts in the nearby Leper Colony. While in Ohio as a pastor's wife, she was active in women's work both on state and local levels; served the National UCC Church as a member of the Board for Homeland Missions for six years; was active in the women's guild at St. Stephen UCC; sold SERRV for 33 years for the Ohio Conference of UCC churches; was a representative to the Ohio church conferences; was coordinator for Lantern Fellowship, a women's gathering; and was involved in many church events even as a retired pastor's wife. She was an honorary life member and a past president of the Firelands Women's Auxiliary; and also volunteered at Firelands Hospital gift shop and information desk. Of all her achievements and accomplishments in life, the most she enjoyed was being with her family and especially her only grandson, Brock.
She is survived by her daughter, Beth Pitts of 512 E. Stoneway Drive, Sandusky; her son, William Schwenke of 1708 Glenwood, Apt. 2, Joliet, IL 60435; grandson, Brock Pitts of St. Mary's, Ohio; one sister, Alice Leifer of Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews.
Pearl was preceded in death on Oct. 27, 2005, by her husband of 62 years, the Rev. Albert Schwenke; parents, August and Hedwig (Shober) Nell; and six brothers and sisters.
There will be no visitation. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at St. Stephen UCC, 905 Perkins Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Rob Patton will officiate. A luncheon at the church will follow the service. Ransom Funeral Home, 610 S. Washington St. Castalia, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be made to ransomfuneralhome.com.