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Adina Ida Schwartz

Adina Ida Schwartz, age 93 of Vero Beach, Fla., and formerly of Albion Township, Wright County, was granted her release to eternal life from a tired body Monday, April 23, 2001, at the Royal Palm Nursing Home, Vero Beach, where she had been a resident for several years.

Funeral services were conducted by Adina's cousin, the Rev. Edwin A. Uecker of Milwaukee, Wis., at graveside, Cedar Park Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.

Adina was born May 8, 1907, in Albion Township, to Otto Albert and Therese Goerke Uecker, the fifth of nine children.

She was baptized June 2, 1907, by the Rev. William Meyer at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township, a congregation founded by her grandfather and great-grandfather, both Otto Ueckers. She affirmed her faith in the rite of confirmation May 2, 1920, at Bethlehem, after instruction by the Rev. Alfred Streufert.

On Aug. 28, 1927, Adina was joined in marriage to the Rev. August Schwartz, who was, at that time, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle, Todd County. The wedding took place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. One of the flower girls, Elsie Uecker Erickson of Annandale, is still an active member of Bethlehem.

Adina and her husband moved into the newly acquired parsonage of St. John's in Grey Eagle, and lived there until 1931. During that time, their only child, Genevieve, was born, in 1928.

Following the pastorate at Grey Eagle, the family moved to Minneapolis for a number of years, and then, to the Chicago, Ill. area, where they lived until Rev. Schwartz passed away in 1971.

Adina and her daughter and son-in-law have made their home in Vero Beach, Fla., since 1988.

In addition to her husband, Adina was preceded in death by her parents; her son-in-law, Norris Ekstrom; her brothers, Leonhardt, Otto, Waldemar, and Ottomar; and sisters, Lydia Johnson and Frieda Erickson.

Celebrating her long and meaningful life are her daughter, Genevieve (Genny) Ekstrom of Vero Beach; her brother, Arthur, and sister, Lillian, both of Buffalo; a sister-in-law, Hildegard Guse Uecker of Little Falls; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating her life will take place at the Uecker family reunion in Maple Lake on July 7.

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