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Margot Schwager

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Nov. 22, 2012

Margot Schwager, 92, of Kingston, died peacefully at home on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 48 years, Fred Schwager, on April 15, 1993; her sister-in-law, Suzanne Neumann; her brother-in-law, Alvin Rothschild; and her son-in-law, Eugene W. Rosen.

Born Margot Neumann on Nov. 7, 1920, in Grossostheim, Germany, she was a daughter of the late Max and Rosa Rau Neumann. Margot's early years were quite challenging, being required to leave her local school, she moved to live with relatives and attend the Nuremberg-Fuerth Jewish School. Shortly before Kristallnacht, "The night of the broken glass," in 1938, she emigrated to New York. In New York, she worked at Recordia Shoe Company, where she met her husband, who was a shoe designer, and later in life, worked at the Rex Shoe Company Outlet Store in Exeter.

She enjoyed playing bridge and cooking and was very active in the community. She was a member in perpetuity of Ohav Zedek Synagogue, a benefactor member of the Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley, and a member of numerous other civic and charitable organizations. Following her late husband's death, she established the annual Fred and Margot Schwager Concert Series Endowment and the annual Fred Schwager Men's Club Purim Luncheon at the Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley. A loving daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, she forever will be remembered and dearly missed by those who loved her.

She is survived by her devoted children, David and Laurie Schwager, Kingston; Renee Schwager, Washington, DC; Harriet Rosen, Bridgewater, N.J.; loving grandchildren, Max and Melissa Schwager, Kingston; Michael Rosen, New York City; Jeffrey and Lindsay Rosen, Millburn, N.J; beautiful great-grandchildren, William, Zachary, Arielle and Leo Rosen; cherished siblings, brother, Norbert Neumann, Riverdale, N.Y. and sister, Herta Rothchild, New York City.

Margot's family would like to express their love and sincerest appreciation to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart and her loving caregivers and friends Maggie Baker, Dottie McDaniels, Pam Elliott, Janice Reese, Gloria Ross, Joan Kukosky, Trudy Malecki and Belinda Pierson.

Funeral service will be held on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, with Rabbi Larry G. Kaplan, Rabbi Raphael Nemetsky and Cantor Ahron Abraham officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Park and Beth El Cemetery, 735 Forest Ave., Paramus, N.J. Shiva will be observed and friends may call at Margot's home, 100 Third Ave., Kingston, Monday through Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fred and Margot Schwager Endowment at the Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley or to the . Condolences may be sent by visiting the funeral home website at

Published in Times Leader on Nov. 24, 2012
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