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Rosswurm, Mabel  
Mabel Rosswurm, of Hilton Head Island, formerly of Monroe, Michigan, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2015 at the age of 89. Mabel was born June 22, 1925 in Newton Falls, Ohio, the daughter of Luther F. and Estella E. (Parks) Hall. Both preceded her in death. Graduating from Monroe High School in 1943, Mabel went on to work at the Willow Run Bomber Plant as a B-24 riveter for the war effort, a real-life "Rosie the Riveter". Mabel married Merrell J. Rosswurm on June 8, 1946 in Napoleon, Ohio. Merrell died in January, 1979. Mabel retired as an employee for The Sisters of Service IHM of Monroe, and continued to work there part-time until the age of 82. In 2008 she relocated to South Carolina to live near her daughter, Jackie. In addition to her parents and husband, Mabel was preceded in death by her sister, Bernice (J. Dale) Russell, in 2004. She will be forever missed by her children, her relatives, and many who knew her, including her long-time caregiver and dear friend, Thomasena Mack of Hardeeville, South Carolina. She is survived by her daughter Jackie Rosswurm of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; two sons, Kim (Veronica) of North Olmsted, Ohio, Ron (Angie) of Cut Off, Louisiana; and two granddaughters, Ali and Kasey Rosswurm. Services will be held at Bacarella Funeral Home in Monroe, Michigan on March 14, 2015. Private interment will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Ida, Michigan, following the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Lowcountry, Habitat for Humanity, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences, and special memories, may be shared with the family by visiting the obituary page at www.bacarellafuneralhome. com.
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Published in The Island Packet from Feb. 10 to Mar. 10, 2015
Russell, David Trader  
David Trader Russell died February 22, 2015. David was born on April 25, 1929, in Indiana, PA, the youngest child of Eugenia Rhea Trader and Arthur Jasper Russell. He graduated from the Laboratory School (K-10) in Indiana, PA, and high school at Kiski in Saltsburg, PA. David married the love of his life, Penny Stephens, on May 26, 1951. Soon after the marriage, he graduated from Bucknell University and was drafted into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As an aerial photogrammetrist in Germany during the Cold War, Corporal Russell and Penny were stationed in Wiesbaden, where daughter Cheryl was born, and later in Kaiserslautern. Returning to Indiana, PA, in 1953 he helped establish the first aerial-mapping unit for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He then went on to represent Retail Credit Company and later became credit manager for Brody's Department Store, both in Indiana, PA. During this time, his son David was born. In 1962 the family moved to Sewickley, PA, where David and Penny began new careers as teachers in the Quaker Valley School District, he in social studies and Penny in art. David loved teaching history and world cultures. His classes were lively and his students enjoyed his acerbic humor. He received an M.Ed from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1965 and additional postgraduate studies at the University of Colorado and Utah State University. Summer camping trips took the family over much of North America. David was an avid chess player, had a passion for organization, and wrote a draft of this obituary and left it on his computer to be discovered by his children. David was known for his kind spirit, generosity, and offbeat sense of humor. In the 1970s, David and Penny took over her father's Christmas tree farm near Dilltown, PA. Upon retiring from teaching in 1986, they relocated to Wee Hoose and Pine-Sylvania Tree Farm where they raised Colorado Blue Spruce. They were active in the Cambria & Indiana Trail Council, helping to establish the Ghost Town Trail. With business partner, Cindy Gilmore, they founded Dillweed Bed & Breakfast in Dilltown. In 1995 David and Penny donated their land to the Indiana County Parks to establish the 675-acre Blacklick Valley Natural Area. In 1999 they moved to Beaufort, SC, where they enjoyed living near two of their three grandchildren. In 2013 they returned home to western Pennsylvania, to the Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community in Cranberry Township. After Penny's death in 2014, David soldiered on but sorely missed his wife of 63 years. David is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Ann Russell, of Beaufort, SC (Rick Eckstrom: Sky Eckstrom and Julie Eckstrom) and their son, David Stephens Russell, of St. Paul, MN (Martha Martin Russell: Alison Russell (Eric Hoeger). David was predeceased by his parents, his brother Berwyn Hall Russell, and his sister Barbara Russell Husted. He will be missed not only by family and friends, but also by his cats Shadow and Sox. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to support the Blacklick Valley Natural Area. Donations should be mailed to: Community Foundation of the Alleghenies, Somerset Trust Building, 116 Market Street, Suite 4, Johnstown, PA 15901.
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 1 to Apr. 1, 2015
Russell Jr., James Allen - Hilton Head Island  
James Allen Russell, Jr. James Allen Russell, Jr., passed away on February 27, 2015, in Bluffton, South Carolina. Born July 12, 1925, in Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Russell grew up in both Kansas City and Texarkana, Texas. Following high school graduation from Texas High School in Texarkana, Mr. Russell enrolled in the School of Chemical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Following graduation from Georgia Tech with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Mr. Russell was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Korean War. Following active duty, Mr. Russell was employed in the coatings and resins industry in Kentucky, California, Georgia and Pennsylvania and retired as Technical Director from PPG Industries, East Point, GA. He leaves behind his loving wife of 66 years, Louise Mansfield Russell, his daughter; Margaret L. Russell of Atlanta, his son; Robert L. Russell (Renee) and two grandchildren; Mark and Julie Russell all of Durham ,NC. Contributions can be made to the Georgia Tech Foundation in honor of the James A. Russell Endowment at 760 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308. Inurnment will be at the Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, South Carolina, following a private family gravesite service. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. www.theislandfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 4 to Apr. 4, 2015
Russell, Judith Pauline Sexauer  
Judith Pauline Sexauer Russell, age 97, passed away peacefully at the McLeod Hospice House on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 after suffering a fall at her home in the Methodist Manor. She was born April 5, 1917, in Pittsburgh, Pa to Oscar and Paulina Hafer Sexauer. Judith was educated at the Scottland School for Soldiers Children and Orphans and was awarded the first full scholarship to college from that school. After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she worked at Stewart Elementary School in Lower Burrell, Pa. She married the love of her life, Dr. Allen Russell, on her birthday, April 5, 1941. They enjoyed life to the fullest, traveling all over the world with her husband. They loved ballroom dancing, going on cruises and traveling with friends and family. Judith was an avid reader and always said that books could take you places that you could only dream of. She loved cats and volunteered at the Hilton Head Animal Shelter and Volunteers In Medicine Clinic for many years. They moved to Hilton Head Island after retirement in 1984. Where they were very active in their church, Providence Presbyterian Church, where they were charter members. In November 2014, they moved to the Methodist Manor to be near their adopted daughter, Kay and son-in love, Joe. Preceded in death in addition to her parents, are her brother Gus Sexauer, her sister Louise (Bill) Menzel, her in laws, Mary & Ted Blackburn, John & Jane Russell & Web Creelman. Surviving in addition to her husband, Dr. Allen Russell, is her daughter Kay and her husband, Joe Norris of Darlington, 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, who affectionately call her Tutu, her nephew Tom ( Roe) Menzel, her nieces, Janet Morris and Deniece Menzel, her in-laws, James & Betty Russell of Everett, PA, Annabelle & Eugene Thomas of San Diego, California and Beverly Creelman of Vermont, and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces & nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Providence Presbyterian Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC. The family will receive friends after the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Providence Presbyterian Church, or the Hilton Head Humane Society, PO Box 21790, Hilton Head, SC. 29925. A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Island Packet from Feb. 18 to Mar. 18, 2015
Sawatzky, William A. - Bluffton  
William A. "Uncle Billy" SawatzkyWilliam A. "Uncle Billy" Sawatzky, age 60, of Bluffton, SC and formerly of Baltimore, MD died Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Mr. Sawatzky was born on September 13, 1954 in Oil City, PA, the son of the late Arthur George Sawatzky and Nora Elizabeth Lewis Sawatzky. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He worked as a truck driver/courier for many years and was employed with AMG Imports while living in South Carolina. He was an avid Baltimore Orioles and Ravens fan. Uncle Billy was one of the smartest people. He always had an educated and accurate answer for everything. Mr. Sawatzky was preceded in death by his sister, Cheryl Colwell. He is survived by his sister, Susan Reedy of Bluffton; brother-in-law, James Reedy of Bluffton; nephew, Herb Britton, Jr. of Bluffton; niece-in-law, Melanie Britton of Bluffton; nephew, Robert Britton of Bluffton; and great-nieces and nephew, Maya Britton, Lola Britton, and Cole Britton. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the National Emphysema Foundation, 128 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851.
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Published in The Island Packet from Feb. 14 to Mar. 14, 2015
Schaible, Mildred Irene - Beaufort  
Mildred Irene Schaible, 88, widow of Charles Anthony Schaible, of Beaufort, SC was called home to Jesus on February 9, 2015. Graveside services at Beaufort National Cemetery will be private. She was born in Russell, Kansas on May 15, 1926 to the late David Pope and Amelia Funk Pope. Survived by three daughters, Sandra Jackson, Dawn Shipsey (Scott) of Beaufort, SC and Susan Marks (Skip) of Kuna, ID; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one sister, Velma Willson of Wichita, KS; numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 107 Westpark Blvd. Suite 220 Columbia, SC 29210 Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
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Published in The Island Packet from Feb. 10 to Mar. 10, 2015
Schreckengast, Harold E.  
Harold E. SchreckengastFormer Beaufort resident Harold E. Schreckengast, 91, passed away on February 5, 2015 and is now with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Harold was born on October 8, 1923. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942 and two years later was married to Marianne Banzhaf. Harold served with the United States Marines as a medic on Tarawa during World War II, and during the Korean War tended to the returning of wounded soldiers. He served aboard a mine sweeper off the Cuban coast during the Cuban Missile Crisis, was stationed in Antarctica and later was sent to the Republic of Vietnam to serve with the 3rd battalion, 6th Marine Division, "C" company of the United States Marine Corps. Throughout his 23 years of service, Mr. Schreckengast earned several medals, including five Good Conduct medals, the American Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, the Navy Presidential Unit citation, the Antarctica Service Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation, and the World War II Victory Medal. He also received five honorable discharges during his time in the service of our country. Along with providing for his family and serving our country, Mr. Schreckengast was also noted for his outstanding desire to serve God. Mr. Schreckengast is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Marianne Bazhaf Schreckengast; and his six children, Jane Emminger, John Schreckengast, Joan Dickinson, Jerry Schreckengast, Jean Tokunaga, and Judy Jacobs. He has 18 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and many friends throughout the Low Country. For those who knew Harold it was obvious that he had a friendly demeanor and a great sense of humor. Although he will be missed for so many reasons, thank you, Harold, for being an example for us all. A memorial service for Mr. Schreckengast was held at 11:30 am, Monday, February 9, 2015 at Victory Baptist Church in Beaufort, SC. His interment will follow at 1 pm, at Beaufort National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Harold Schreckengast Memorial Fund at Victory Baptist Church, 378 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort, South Carolina 29906. ARRANGEMENTS BY: THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES, WALTERBORO CHAPEL, 1193 Bells Highway, Walterboro, 843.538.5408. Visit our online registry at: www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Island Packet from Feb. 10 to Mar. 10, 2015
Schymik, Cheryl Echols  
Cheryl Echols Schymik, 76, died peacefully on Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah, after a brief battle with cancer. Cheryl was born in Lamesa, TX to her beloved father Boyd, and mother Josephine. In high school, she was a cheerleader, beauty queen, and very popular - voted "most wittiest". She graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and studied art history at the Nelson Gallery of Art in Kansas City. She married Jerry Moyer of Kansas City and had two children, Valerie and Jerry. The young family settled first in Kansas City, then migrated to northern New Jersey. She began her professional interior design practice while a stay-home mom, earning her ASID (American Society of Interior Design) credentials from the New York School of Interior Design. In the 1970's, the family moved to Harbor Town on Hilton Head Island, where she employed her artistic talents as an interior designer, and later bought Hilton Head Interiors as principal owner. She grew the style and reputation of the firm, and her interiors were featured in Architectural Digest Magazine. She expanded the business to imports, traveling extensively on buying trips to Hong Kong and other countries. She was blessed with five grandchildren: Amelia and Anna from daughter Valerie Moyer Zuver in Atlanta, GA; and Andrew, Allison, and Meagan from son Jerry Moyer in Arlington, VA. She remarried Ken Dillman, now deceased, and then relocated to Long Cove until 2013. In retirement, she was a regular volunteer with the Bargain Box, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and was active in the Junior League. She was a founding member of the Heritage Library of Hilton Head, and helped start the DAR Chapter on Hilton Head. More recently, she met and married Walt Schymik, a resident of Hilton Head Plantation since 1990. They moved to TidePointe where she continued her active volunteering and social life. Memorial services will be held on Saturday March 7, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the First Presbyterian Church, or the Heritage Library, 852 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head, SC 29928. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. theislandfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 1 to Apr. 1, 2015
Shorr, Anne Loretta  
Anne Loretta ShorrApril 20, 1931- January 24, 2015 Anne Loretta Shorr, 83, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Hilton Head Regional Hospital. Born April 20, 1931 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester and Maryann (Foley) Sherry. The last of 13 children, Anne had a tough life but her spirit always remained hopeful, caring and of service to others.  It was this beautiful guiding spirit that shaped Anne's entire life and so powerfully impacted the lives of everyone who came to know her. Anne committed her life to her children. She worked hard at many jobs that included Howard Johnson's, the Ulster County Infirmary, the HMO WellCare, Naples FL Community Health System and as a volunteer wherever she was needed. Anne led by example and her grit and infectious smile and energy was admired by all. Anne Shorr was a highly spiritual women that studied many religions from Catholicism to Buddhism and Anne served as a Unitarian minister. Anne's special gifts included calligraphy, story telling and she was even a competitive roller skater. Anne was last married to the caring Harold Shorr of Kingston who passed away in 2007. She is survived by her oldest son Edward Ullmann and his wife Patricia of Mt. Tremper, NY, a daughter Annemarie Bender and her husband Robert of North Port, FL, a son Richard Kraft and his wife Suzanne of Lake Katrine, NY, a son Peter Kraft and his wife Lori of Bluffton, SC, a son Kevin Kraft and his husband Oliver Kita of Woodstock, NY, 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  In the end, Anne's most special gifts were her refusal to quit no matter what the odds, to see life as just another sunny day from the Lord, and to always give grace and care to the neediest among us. Anne's life will be memorialized at UNITY of Hilton Head 1300 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SC 29910 on February 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM. Memorial donations may be made in Anne's memory to UNITY of Hilton Head P.O. Box 130 Bluffton, SC 29910.
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Published in The Island Packet from Feb. 12 to Mar. 12, 2015
Stauffer, Priscilla Richter - Bluffton  
Priscilla Richter Stauffer, 86, died peacefully on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Broad Creek Care Center. Priscilla was born in Queens, New York. Upon graduating from Ursinus College she married Donald G. Stauffer and settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where they raised their three children. After the passing of her husband of 63 years, she relocated to Hilton Head Island. She is survived by her three children, nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 5 to Apr. 5, 2015
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