Ted W. Schwartz

Posted on May 8, 2013
Ted W. Schwartz

Ted W. Schwartz, 63, of Berne passed away on Monday, May 6, 2013 at his home. He was born on May 7, 1949 in Adams County to Ernest and Ruth (Nussbaum) Schwartz. He was married on July 10, 1971 at the First Mennonite Church to Lana Sprunger.
He was a member of the First Mennonite Church in Berne, where he served as a youth leader, Sunday school teacher, and in various other capacities. He graduated from South Adams High School in 1967 and Taylor University in 1971. He received his master’s degree from St. Francis College (University) in 1974. During the summers of his high school and college years, he worked with his father in his construction business, building homes throughout the area. He began his teaching career in 1971 in Portland, teaching art to elementary and junior high students. He then came to South Adams in 1978. After teaching elementary and junior art, he became head of the art department and taught high school students for many years. His career spanned 41 years, and he touched the lives of many young people, who in turn inspired him. He had also been co-owner of F and S Painting, and for over 30 years, he painted many buildings in the area during his summers.
He was a man of varied interests. As an art teacher, he enjoyed working with students and helping them reach their creative potential. He enjoyed coaching baseball and tennis and especially loved coaching basketball. Deer hunting was a favorite hobby, and he enjoyed fishing as well.
His faith, family, and friends were most important to him. He loved Jesus and wanted his life to have an impact for the Lord. Being with his family brought great joy, and he was so proud of his sons and their families. By his example, he showed his family and friends how to be strong and courageous while fighting cancer. He relied on the Lord and frequently said, “God is good, all the time.”
He is survived by two sons, Jason (Becki) Schwartz of Berne; and Lendon (Tiffany) Schwartz of Yorktown; two sisters, Jocelyn (James) Blum of Fort Wayne; and Amy (Ken) Troutman of Syracuse; sister-in-law, Roxanne Leichty of Carrollton, Virginia; and five grandchildren, Lara; Ella; and Julianne Schwartz, all of Berne; and Malia and Kiptyn Schwartz of Yorktown.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10 and one hour prior to the 10:00 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, May 11 at the First Mennonite Church in Berne. Officiating will be Pastor Jerry A. Flueckiger and Pastor Jeff Linthicum. Burial will be at MRE Cemetery in Berne.
Memorials may be made to First Mennonite Church, Family LifeCare Hospice, or National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.
Arrangements provided by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Sign the guest book online at www.yagerkirchhofer.com.