02 February 2017
WAYNE CARL SCHWANKE 27 JUN 1929-21 JAN 2017
MY dear father, my dad, Wayne Carl Schwanke, died 21 JAN 2017. He had not been well the past few years, and he past few months were very difficult for him and he had been in and out of the hospital the few weeks prior to his passing. I miss him a lot, my family misses him a lot. He wanted to be home, in Scandia, PA when he died, and we did our best to get him home but he passed at my sister Jennie's house with his family, mom, Jennie and Ted, Kirk and me with him, not in the hospital with monitors and alarms and strangers around him. I miss my dad. We disagreed and argued about many things, but I know my dad loved me and know he knew I loved him. Mom's heart is broken, her husband, partner and friend of 65 years has passed, she is having a hard go of things right now. There is a hole in her life that none of us kids can fill. Dad was stone deaf, even with his hearing aids, and his dementia got worse over the past few years. Mom is blind and her mobility is limited because of arthritis. He was her eyes and mobility, she was his ears and logic. Together they made quite a couple. We had dad's funeral on 28 JAN 17 at the Scandia Covenant Church in Scandia, PA. It was a beautiful funeral with laughter and a lot of tears. We sang dad's favorite hymn, How Great Thou Art, and there was a military honor guard and the Scandia Volunteer Fire Department sent out an alarm and blew the fire siren in honor of dad. I miss my dad, we all miss him, but our faith holds the promise we will be reunited after this life, so till we all meet again Vati.....
A funeral service for Wayne Carl Schwanke, who died Saturday, January 21, was held at Scandia Covenant Church on Saturday, January 28, Rev. Jonathan Meyer, pastor, officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Kirk Schwanke, Jr., Christopher Schwanke, Justin Schwanke, Mark Wadsworth, Craig Schwanke and Kirk E. Schanke, Sr. Military honors were provided by members of the Youngsville American Legion Honor Guard. The Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.