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Hildegarde Schwartz, 94

Hildegarde Ida (Latzig) Schwartz was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She passed away peacefully Dec. 20, 2020, at the age of 94.

Hildegarde was born in Camden Township to Paul and Margaretha (Koehler) Latzig, June 29, 1926. She was baptized, July 18, 1926, and confirmed March 17, 1940, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany. Her confirmation verse was “Hold fast that which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” Revelations 3:11.

She married Leland “Felix” Schwartz, March 14, 1944, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, by Rev. John Meyer. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Beverly, Kenneth, Jeffrey, and Joan.

Hildegarde grew up on a farm in a German household, the fourth of nine children. She was a caregiver all her life, starting with her siblings when her mother passed away. She cleaned houses for over 30 years, creating lifelong friendships with the families. She could get out most any stain, and ironed like no other.

Hildegarde was an extraordinary baker and cook. She was always trying new recipes, known especially for her apple bars, rhubarb torte, and pies. She loved making Christmas cookies and goodies, sharing them with family and friends. She showed her love by serving you a meal, dessert, and something to drink. Rarely could guests leave without a goodie bag to go. If you went away hungry, it was your own fault.

She was an avid sports fan, always sporting her favorite team shirts for the Twins, Vikings, and the Young America Cardinals. She would attend as many games as possible, listen on the radio, or tune in on TV. A highlight was meeting Coach Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings.

You could often find her heading to Ladies’ Card Club, Mayer’s Seniors, quilting, Bunco, and bingo. She enjoyed attending all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s concerts, sporting events, and special activities.

Hildegarde was preceded in death by her husband, Leland “Felix” Schwartz; parents, Paul and Margaretha Latzig; sisters and brothers, Martha (Hilbert) Ziermann, Elmer Latzig, Roy (Ellen) Latzig, Harold Latzig, Marcella (Orlando) Gebhardt; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harold Schwartz, Clarence (Betty) Schwartz, Herbert (Dorothy) Schwartz, Verdella (Earl) Shenard, and Robert Lindquist; and grandson, Dennis Ahola.

Hildegarde is survived by her loving family: children, Beverly (Thomas) Kosek of Norwood Young America, Kenneth (Bonnie) Schwartz of Norwood Young America, Jeffrey Schwartz (fiancè, Alycia Chapman) of Mayer, Joan Schwartz of Mayer; grandchildren, Carrie (Jerry) Knott, Michelle Powell, Todd (Kristine) Schwartz, Tammi Ahola and special friend, Dan Graham, Melissa (Corey) Eischens, Jeremiah (Claudia) Schwartz, Jessica (Brian) Troy, Ellen Canfield, JoAnne (Tim) Gramith, Savannah (Michael) Ludford, Serena Cooley; great-grandchildren, Julia Schwartz and special friend, Logan, Austin Schwartz, Grace Schwartz, Hailey Schwartz, Jacob Schwartz, Domonick Engquist, Samantha Engquist and special friend, Ryan, Savannah “Tilly” Engquist, Madyson Eischens, Damion Schwartz, Christian Schwartz, Julian Schwartz, Lillian Gramith, Isaac Gramith, Katherine Gramith, Eve and Bjorn Ludford; brothers, Martin (Ruth) Latzig of Howard Lake, Roland “Lefty” (Carol) Latzig of Norwood Young America, Lowell (Darlene) Latzig of New Germany; sisters-in-law, Leona Latzig of Waconia, Marie Latzig of Lester Prairie, Alice Lindquist of Winthrop; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Public visitation took place at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, Sunday, Dec. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. A private funeral service took place Monday, Dec. 28 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, with Rev. Tom Colgrove as officiant. Musicians were Deb Vinkemeier (organist), and Carrie Knott and Michelle Powell (duet). Interment following at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Todd Schwartz, Austin Schwartz, Jeremiah Schwartz, Damion Schwartz, Domonick Engquist, and Brian Troy.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, 952-442-2121, www.johnsonfh.com.

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