Christ “Sonny” J. Schwarz, age 79, of Grantfork, passed away Thursday, March 5 at his home. Funeral services for 79 year-old Christ “Sonny” J. Schwarz will be Monday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Grantfork. Burial will be in St. Gertrude Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to the Grantfork Volunteer Fire Department, Siteman Cancer Center, or St. Gertrude Catholic Church.
He was born July 19, 1935, in Highland, IL, the son of Christian and Marie O. (nee Keller) Schwarz.
On December 11, 1971, he married Emily Rose Knebel who survives.
He was a member of St. Gertrude Catholic Church. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus #1510 (Life Member); Grantfork Volunteer Fire Department-Retired; Madison County Farm Bureau.
Sonny was born in Highland and grew up north of Grantfork. He served six months in the United States Army reserves. After his father’s death, when Sonny was the age of 21, he began taking care of the family farm. He was “always” a farmer (usually grain) and still harvested a crop in the Fall of 2014.He had also worked part-time for Leef Township for over 25 years.He loved having a large family and enjoyed playing with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed his dogs.
Survivors include :
Wife – Emily R. Schwarz, nee Knebel, Grantfork, IL
Daughter – Tina M. Schwarz, Mason City, IL
Daughter – Debora R. Schwarz, Jacksonville, IL
Son – Kevin J. (Kris) Schwarz, Highland, IL
Daughter – Brenda S. (Greg) Teakert, Creve Coeur, MO
Daughter – Mary S. (Joe) Jackson, Pierron, IL
Son – Chris L. Schwarz, Dunlap, IL
Grandchild – Meredith J. Teakert, Creve Coeur, MO
Grandchild – Jenna K. Teakert, Creve Coeur, MO
Grandchild – Christian R. Schwarz, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Emma R. Jackson, Pierron, IL
Grandchild – Elizabeth R. Schwarz, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Thomas J. Jackson, Pierron, IL
Grandchild – Katherine M. Schwarz, Highland, IL
Sister – MaryAnn E. (Jerry) Frueh, Alhambra, IL
Brother – Lawrence J. (Shirley) Schwarz, Grantfork, IL
He was preceded in death by :
Father – Christian — Schwarz (Died 11/3/1956)
Mother – Marie Olivia Schwarz, nee Keller (Died 5/26/2000)
First Wife – Louise Sharon Schwarz, nee Kloss (Married 10/12/1963 at St. Gertrude Catholic Church by Fr. Lawrence Auda; Died 6/13/1965)
Daughter – Jane F.Schwarz died at age 1 9/11/1979
Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth at Lemon Street
Highland, IL 62249