April 25, 192 - Aug. 22, 2013
Alice Jane (Richards) Schwafel, widow of Edward P. Schwafel, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at her daughter's home on Thursday evening, Aug. 22, at the age of 91. Born in Sacramento April 25, 1922 to W. Del and Myrtle Richards; graduating Sacramento High School in 1940, she was an active member of Jobs Daughters and held the first (and best) of her jobs…as a Soda Jerk for Blake's Ice Cream Parlor in Sacramento. Completing Sacramento Junior College in 1942 and Chico State College in the spring of 1944 (Home Ec major) she immediately joined the U.S. Navy
and became a nurse during the later years of WWII
. Training at Hunter College in New York and Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, DC she was assigned to Oak Knoll Hospital in Oakland; working in the burn then maternity wards. She was always a proud veteran and her enthusiastic patriotism became a part of her charm.
She met Ed Schwafel in 1946 and they were married at Stanford Chapel, Easter Sunday 1947. They moved to Vallejo in 1948 and Ed began Edward P. Schwafel Engineer Inc. in 1949 (a consulting firm that continued until 1981). Their daughter, Patricia, arrived in 1949; son, Stanley in 1952 and daughter, Ellen in 1957.
Alice's volunteering affiliations included: Charter member of Wayside Methodist Church; 25 years for Vallejo General/Sutter Solano Hospital Guild; Meals-On-Wheels; and a new group called 'The Good Cheer Visitors' (visiting/assisting former hospital guild members who found themselves now shut-ins). She worked diligently on activities related to the Vallejo Rotary Club
, assisting Ed (a 40-plus year member); ultimately becoming an honorary member of the club herself. And she was a member of the Women's Division of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce.
Alice was a very gregarious person and her infectious smile and contagious laugh was enjoyed by so many throughout her career (including jobs for a Berkeley doctor/Wonder Bread Company and Levees Department Store). She loved sports including her "Giants" right to the end! There was no doubt that she had an enjoyment of life and people; a grand woman who will be sorely missed.
Alice was predeceased by her parents; husband Ed; sister, Vivian; and brothers, Eugene, Robert, Leslie and Wayne Richards. The last 'elder' member of both her family (Richards) and Ed's (Schwafel) she is survived by her loving daughters, Patricia of Vallejo and Ellen (Gordon) Singleton of Concord; her son, Stanley (Bridget) of Fairbanks, Alaska; grandchildren, Hilary Schwafel of Fairbanks and Schuyler Schwafel of Seattle, WA; sister-in-law, Oonagh Richards of Santa Rosa; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will occur at Twin Chapels Mortuary, 1100 Tennessee St., Vallejo on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 26 and 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m., Wayside United Methodist Church, 2309 Columbus Prkwy., Vallejo. Contributions may be made in Alice's memory to either the following or a
: 1) Yosemite Conservancy, 1-800-469-7275 or http://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/gifts-memory.
2) Disabled American Veterans, 1-877-958-2233 or DAV.org.
Please visit the online tribute at twinchapelsmortuary.com.
Arrangements entrusted to the direction and care of Twin Chapels Mortuary, Vallejo (707) 552-6696.