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Casper Joseph Henry Schwartz

Casper Joseph Henry Schwartz, 90, of Wadena, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008 in Wadena.

He was born March 14, 1918 in Bluffton to Carl and Lena (Peffer) Schwartz. He graduated from St. John the Baptist School in Bluffton. After that he worked for his mother and many local farmers.

On Aug. 27, 1940 he married Loretta Agnes Rebischke at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena. They had seven children. In April of 1945 he was drafted into the U.S. Army for nine months in Birmingham, Ala. He was presented the WW II Victory Medal.

On Jan. 30, 1981 he retired from Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative where he was employed for 38 years. After his retirement he was a substitute teacher for Wadena Technical College. He was a volunteer fireman for the Bluffton Fire Department. He sold monuments for 22 years for Dent Lakes Granite and volunteered for St. Ann's Cemetery for 25 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 212 of Park Rapids. He was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church in Bluffton and St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, where he was a member of St. John's Society and a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He ministered Holy Communion to the homebound for many years.

He is survived by his son Gary (Jean) of Park Rapids; daughters: Deian (Ronald) Guck of Hastings, Marjorie Mohs (Harry) Harrison of Wadena, Sister Jean, OSB of St. Joseph, Barbara Besett of Bonita Springs, Fla., Audrey Davis of Ottertail, and Mary (Greg) Lunzer of Stillwater; 23 grandchildren; 36 great-grand-children; and one great-great-grandchild; brother, Raymond of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Anne of Cologne; sisters-in-law: Marge Rebischke of Rosemount, Ruth Rebischke of Spring Valley, Wis., Rosella Sonsteby of Anoka, and Johanna (Armand) Barasa of Anaheim, Calif.; brothers-in-law: Sylvester (Frankie) Rebischke of Eagle River, Alaska, and Lawrence (Caroline) Rebischke of Anchorage, Alaska; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta, Feb. 4, 2008; son-in-law, Roger Mohs; sister, Rosella Schwartz; brothers-in-law, Henry Schwartz, and Ferdinand, Wilfred, Joseph, Lloyd and Jerome Rebischke; sister-in-law Catherine Schwartz; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Mohs.

Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, Oct. 20 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, with Father Donald Wagner as celebrant.

Honorary casket bearers: George Wynn, Sylvester Schmith, Ben Tellers and Tom Ludovissie.

Casket bearers: Bruce and Bradley Guck, Michael and Mitchell Mohs, Gerald Schwartz and John Rebischke.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery in Wadena.