02 February 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.....
Wayne Carl Schwanke, 87, of Scandia died Saturday, January 21, 2017.  Wayne was born June 27, 1929, in Brookston, PA. He was the son of the late Carl and Bernice (Waite) Schwanke.
Wayne served in the US Army as a tank driver from 1948 until 1952.  He was employed by the United Refining Company as a welder, from which he retired in 1992.  Wayne was a member of the Scandia Covenant Church.  He was also a member of the Scandia Volunteer Fire Department, and had served as a Supervisor for Elk Township from 1974 to 1979.  In his earlier years he enjoyed family life, square dancing, hunting, camping, stock car racing, traveling, and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rose (Irvine) Schwanke, brothers, Donald Schwanke, of Greenhurst, NY, and Eugene Schwanke, of Warren, PA; brotherinlaw, Ralph Irvine, and wife, Pat, of North Warren; four children, Sheila Wadsworth, of Bennett, CO, Craig Schwanke, of Ashburn, VA, Kirk Schwanke, and wife, Janice, of San Angelo, TX and Jennifer Marston, and husband, Ted, of Midland, VA; ten grandchildren; sixteen greatgrandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his great granddaughters Shayde Elizabeth Smith and Sophia Rose Wadsworth, soninlaw Richard Eugene Wadsworth, JR, sisterinlaw Linda Ellen Schwanke and grandson Kyle Wayne Wadsworth.
Friends will be received at Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, 1003 Penn. Ave. E., Warren, on Friday January 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The funeral will be held at Scandia Covenant Church, 18 Peterson Road, Scandia, on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11 a.m., Rev. Jon Meyer, pastor, officiating.  Military honors will be provided by members of the Youngsville American Legion Honor Guard.
Private interment will be at Scandia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial contribution should consider a gift in his memory to Scandia Covenant Church or Scandia Volunteer Fire Department.

Wayne Schwanke

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.