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Theresa Schwab

August 2, 1917 — July 26, 2009

Theresa Schwab August 2, 1917 - July 26, 2009

Theresa M. (Longeneker) Schwab, age 91 of Janesville, died on Sunday, July 26, 2009 at Traditions I in Owatonna. The celebration of Theresa''s life will be held on her birthday, Sunday, August 2nd at 11:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville with Fr. Peter Klein and Fr. Syl Brown, concelebrants. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Mankato. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Arnoldt- McRaith Funeral Home in Janesville and will continue on Sunday morning for one hour prior to services, at church. Theresa Magdalena was born in Oakmont, Pennsylvania to Joseph and Lena (Fischer) Longeneker on August 2, 1917. The family moved to Minnesota soon after and settled in the Mankato area where Theresa grew up. She graduated from Good Counsel Academy in 1935. Theresa was united in marriage to Frank Schwab on October 3, 1940 at St. Peter and Paul''s Catholic Church, Mankato. Theresa farmed with her husband near Janesville until retiring in 1976. They had a large garden and Theresa loved to cook and bake. Theresa and Frank treasured entertaining their grandchildren, and Theresa always looked forward to visiting with everyone. She enjoyed scrabble with friends, word search puzzles, and reading newspapers. Theresa moved to Traditions in Owatonna in 2008 where she enjoyed its friendly staff and visiting with residents and family. Theresa is survived by sons Paul (Judi) of Owatonna and James of Roseburg, Oregon. She leaves behind grandchildren Brenda (Adam) Pitan, Dennis (Karla) Schwab, Jennifer (Loren) Dietz, and grandson-in-law Jon Hilstad. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Mike (Brittany Oberaigner) Pitan, Angela and Matt Pitan; Travis, Brianna, and Karissa Hilstad; Katelyn and Maria Schwab; and Victoria, Julia, and Hilary Dietz. Her great, great granddaughter Lauren Oberaigner Pitan also survives. Other family includes special niece Lynda (Mark) Neste, who so lovingly cared for Theresa; sisters-in-law Dolly Froemel, and Grace Longeneker, and nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Loved ones who went before her include her husband Frank in 1989; granddaughters Debby Schwab in 1982, Lori Schwab in 1991 and Lisa Hilstad in 2009. In addition, her brothers Joe, Jake, sister in- law Donna Longeneker, and godchild Tim Schwab preceded her.

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