Esther J. Schwartz, 87

Esther J. Schwartz, 87, of New Bremen, died on Friday, May 18, 2012, at 10:16 a.m. at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.

She was born on May 14, 1925, near Coldwater. She was the daughter of George and Rose (Homan) Dues. On June 26, 1948, she married Leo H. Schwartz, who died on May 9, 2010.

Survivors include her children, Edwin (Marilyn) Schwartz of New Bremen, Nicholas (Brenda) Schwartz of Yorkshire, Ronald (Edith) Schwartz, Patricia (Ken) Bruns, Donna (John) Kremer and John (Connie) Schwartz, all of New Bremen. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; her sister, Wilma Heitkamp and her sister-in-law Mildred Dues, both of Coldwater.

Preceding her in death were her brothers, Clem, Raymond, Norbert, Lawrence and Cletus Dues and her sisters, Veronica Heitkamp, Anna Lochtelfeld and Rita Schwartz.

Mrs. Schwartz was a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen and the St. Ann Alter Sodality of the church. She enjoyed volunteering at the church, especially sewing blankets that were donated to others. She was a homemaker and helped on the family farm for many years.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen with Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating.

Burial will  be in the German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.

Calling hours will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen and from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church, at which time the Rosary will be prayed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the State of the Heart Hospice of Coldwater. Condolences may be left at