PEORIA - Alice M. Goetze Schwager, 90, of Peoria died at 1:25 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at her home.
Born in Peoria on Feb. 7, 1924, she was the daughter of Phillip Otto Goetze and Mary Anna Rothlisberger Goetze. Alice married Conrad E. Schwager on Sept. 2, 1945, in Hattiesburg, Miss. He preceded her in death on Dec. 19, 2010.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son, William Frederick; eight sisters, Anne Goetze, Mayme Van Dettum, Mary Ekena, Ruth Vick, Charlotte Kimbrough, Mabel Campbell, Betty Hofmann and Doris Heppard; and three brothers, Frank Goetze, Philip Goetze and Chester Goetze.
Survivors include sister-in-law, Thelma Goetze; and several nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Bradley University with a degree in journalism, Alice became a freelance journalist. She was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was listed in Marquis "Who's Who of American Women." During that time, she also published two books, a mystery and a memoir. She was quite adroit at oil painting, and many of her paintings were sold at auction.
She was a member of several of the golf leagues in Peoria. Alice was also a member of the American Association of University Women, Mt. Hawley Country Club, Peoria Country Club, Antique Automobile Club of America, Sisters in Crime and Arcadia Presbyterian Church.
The family would like to thank all of Alice's nurses who cared for her, Debbie, Jill, Joyce, Judy, Katie, Kris, Liz, Margie, Mary Therese, Shari and Tracy.
Funeral services will be held at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home, 2408 W. Willow Knolls Drive, on Friday, March 28, 2014, at 10 a.m., with visitation one hour before services. Private burial will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
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