Margaret Ann Schwarz, 82, died peacefully Aug. 28, 2013 at The Bridge Assisted Living Facility in Grants Pass, Ore. "Peggy Ann" was born Dec. 15, 1930 in Greensburg, Pa., to Genevieve Seanor and Harold Thomas. She graduated from Westchester Teachers College in 1952 with degrees in mathematics and teaching. Peg married her college sweetheart, Dr. John Irvin Schwarz, Jr. of Easton, Pa., on Dec. 27 of that same year. Together, they raised two daughters: Lee Wynne Bollschweiler (m. Allen James) and Polly Jo Burkhard (m. Timothy John). Peg is also survived by five grandchildren: Kit of Boston; Ani of Albuquerque; Austin of Las Cruces; and Hilary and Hannah of Cincinnati.
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Peg was gifted in both the sciences and the arts. She approached every aspect of her life with unprecedented zeal. Peg began playing the piano at age six and enjoyed playing throughout her life. She spent many years as a junior high school math teacher before retiring as a substitute teacher from the Lock Haven, Pa., school district. Peg was always active in her church and community. She taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir under the direction of her musicologist husband. For many years, Peg created and sold her own jewelry line. She belonged to her local chapter of American Association of University Women and served as chapter president. She gave many hours of service to Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall, Pa. While living in New Mexico in her later years, Peg edited a local newsletter for The Better Breathers Club, an organization she brought together.
Peg felt grateful for the many friends and kind people she met during her lifetime. For more than 30 years, Peg and John lived in Lock Haven, Pa., where Peg enjoyed the company of her friends at the Lock Haven United Methodist Church and St. Luke's Episcopal Church, AAUW and The Foxy Ladies.
When she moved to Los Alamos, she was grateful for the many wonderful people at 1001 Oppenheimer Place, and those in the Better Breather's Group. She fell in love with the big-hearted people of Cedarville, Calif., where she enjoyed watching birds with them in the beautiful Surprise Valley. During her last year, she was surrounded by many caring friends at The Bridge in Grants Pass, Ore., who generously helped her through many difficult times.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made in her memory and honor to The
at lung.org/donate or 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800 Washington D.C. 20004.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Sept. 11, 2013