Irene Schwan

Obituary of Irene Schwan

Irene J. Schwan, 97, formerly of Falconer passed away on Wednesday (March 14, 2018) in the Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Machias, NY.

She was born on August 22, 1920, daughter of Dr. Frank and Grace Kerr Jenkins. She graduated from Falconer High School and the State University at Fredonia. She also did graduate work at Fredonia. Mrs. Schwan taught in Falconer for 28 years, three years at the South Side School and 25 at the Fenner building. She previously had taught in Cherry Creek and Fredonia at the training school.

Irene had been an active member of the Falconer United Methodist Church for more than seventy years. She had been a member of the former United Methodist Women unit, proposed and started the Greeters Committee. She had been active member of the Couple's Club, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She and her late husband established the Jenkins Memorial Library in memory of her parents.

Irene was an avid reader and strong supporter of the Falconer Public Library. Besides being a proud grandmother and great grandmother, she enjoyed sewing. She enjoyed the family cottage built on Bob's Lake in Ontario. She and the family spent part of 27 years there.

She was predeceased by her husband, William J. Schwan, whom she married on January 22, 1943 in Falconer. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (William) Kibler of Austin, Texas; two sons: W. James (Kyle) Schwan of Elma, NY and Robert J. (Madeline) Schwan of Dix Hills, NY. She leaved seven grandchildren, Mary Alis Kelly of Austin, Texas, Charlotte Mata of Houston, Texas, Wendy Sherman of Melville, NY, Julie Moore of Dix Hills, NY and W. James Schwan III of Salt Lake City, Utah, Peter A. Schwan and Kailin Schwan both of Elma, NY, and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Francis E. Jenkins of Jamestown.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Falconer Funeral Home. Rev. Heather Allport-Cohoon pastor of Falconer United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Falconer.

Friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be donated to the Falconer Public Library, the Falconer United Methodist Church or the charity of one's choice.