Madelyn Schwyn

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Madelyn Steinmetz
SchwynDied at her home in Medford, OR on June 20, 2014. She was seventy-four years old and hailed from Lakewood, Ohio, a lovely city on Lake Erie. Wonderful memories - ice and roller skating, ballet, clarinet and baton lessons, bicycling everywhere, Aunt Mae and Uncle John's dairy farm in Andover. Red Raider summer camp - crafts, swimming, hiking, horseback riding (which her mother taught), campfire cooking and camaraderie. High school major achievements - Athletic Leader, cheerleader and National Honor Society. She graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield with a BS in Art Education. She was a member of Kappa Delta. Her first teaching position of 3rd and 4th grade students was in Scranton Elementary School in Cleveland. She loved that time.
Married a military officer and later businessman and thus began a nomadic life in Hitchin, Bedford, and Shefford, England, Boston-MA, Cornwall-NY, Washington, DC, Menlo Park and Atherton-CA, and Houston-TX, while raising three children and qualifying for teaching certificates in several states. Participation in book clubs, PTA memberships, school volunteering, the League of Women Voters, AAUW, as well as gardening and swimming, were top priorities. Also a member of art, ballet and opera guilds - planning events and fundraising. Accepted into the Leland Stanford Jr Art Museum Docent Program which offered the opportunity to study with students in the Art History Department and utilize her teaching skills.
After her divorce and two "freedom events," she was reacquainted with Chuck Schwyn while visiting her children in Berkeley, CA. John (Colby College) and Sarah (Princeton and Rice) had formed a construction company in CA. Michele (Harvard and working on her PhD in geology at Cal at the time) was married to Neil Shubin, who had accepted a faculty position in Philadelphia, PA. Thus all three siblings were living together in Berkeley and met Chuck over a beautiful dinner in Half Moon Bay and immediately gave their approval.
Madelyn and Chuck's courtship was long distance, as Chuck lived in Walnut Creek-CA and Madelyn in Houston. They both acquired airline miles and married in 1993. Chuck had retired as a Partner of Deloitte &Touche but continued to be active in several civic and community organizations. She continued her volunteering in a new city. Together she and Chuck served as Protocol Chiefs for the City of Oakland. They made foreign travel a priority - Arctic exploration aboard a Russian ice breaker, Finland, Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, China, France, Italy, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Canada, St. Andrews, Scotland, and, most recently, Argentina and Chile. As eleven grandchildren gradually arrived, their map collection of the United States and car mileage grew as did new adventures of loving them.
Madelyn and Chuck lived in beautiful Carmel, CA for twelve years. There she completed an Interior Design Program and, with patient friends, learned to play bridge. They moved to Rogue Valley Manor in 2010. She was a member of PEO Chapter HT in Pacific Grove, CA and a member of Chapter AA in Medford.
Perhaps the most enduring legacy Madelyn leaves is the quality and depth of her friendships. She brought joy, happiness and wisdom to all her relationships with friends.
Madelyn is survived by Chuck, her beloved husband of nearly twenty-one years. She is also survived by her children, Michele, Sarah and John and their families. At her request, a celebration of her life will be held October 17, 2014, 3:00 to 5:00pm at Rogue Valley Manor, Medford, Or. Remembrances may be made to Asante-Ashland Hospice & Palliative Care Services, Rogue Valley Manor Foundation or the .
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 25, 2014
Madelyn Lee Schwyn
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