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Wilbert Schwoch

Wilbert A. Schwoch
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen :: OBITUARIES ::
Thursday, February 23, 2006

Wilbert Alvin Elmer Schwoch was born on June 15, 1918, in Calamus township on a farm near Lost Lake in Dodge County. His parents were Otto and Elsie (Derge) Schwoch. Wilbert was the middle child having an older sister, Erna, and a younger brother, Willis. Wilbert was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church, Beaver Dam, and was baptized and confirmed there. He graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1937.

After graduation he began work at Monarch Range. He started in the warehouse and rose to the position of credit manager. He met his future wife, Eleanor Christ, while working at Monarch. Wilbert worked at Monarch Range for 46 years until his retirement.

During World War II he was stationed at Schumaker Naval Hospital near Pleasanton, Calif., where he served as a medical corpsman at the 3180-bed hospital. His job was to diagnose and admit patients and he earned enough points to qualify as a registered nurse.

Wilbert was very active in the community. He was in Lutheran Brotherhood, served as treasurer of the church council and was a member of the American Legion and the 40&8. He was elected commander of the local legion post in 1953. He also served on the board for the Beaver Dam Vocational School and served as the chairman at the time the new facilities were built on Gould Street, and also served on the United Way board. After retirement, Wilbert volunteered for eight years at the Adult Day Care Center at Beaver Dam Community Hospital.

Wilbert and Eleanor enjoyed traveling and they were able to visit every state, Canada and Mexico. They toured Europe where they saw 12 countries and they had a delightful trip to Australia and New Zealand. Wilbert often entertained seniors groups, showing slides from these many trips.

Growing up on the shores of Lost Lake developed his lifelong interest in fishing, which he continued to pursue up to the time he and Eleanor moved to Stone Terrace. No one really knows how many bullheads he pulled out of Beaver Dam Lake.

Wilbert died at the age of 87, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 63 years, Eleanor; one sister, Erna Kittinger, and one brother, Willis.

Survivors include his children, Janet Jones, Woodland Hills, Calif, and Gerald Schwoch, Middleton, Wis.; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m., at the Koepsell Funeral Home, Beaver Dam. The Rev. Paul Lindau will officiate. Visitation will be on Saturday, from 2:30 p.m. until the time of service at 4 p.m., at the Koepsell Funeral Home, Beaver Dam. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

The Koepsell Funeral Home, 109 N. Lincoln Ave., Beaver Dam, is serving the family.