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Mona E. Schwartz passed away on January 12, 2015, from complications related to Alzheimer's Disease. Born Mona Ellen Cowen in Brooklyn, NY, on June 24, 1935, she was a graduate of Midwood High School, Barnard College, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After several years teaching in London and Michigan, Mona moved to San German, Puerto Rico in 1966, where she co-founded an experimental school for elementary and high school students. Moving to Brookline, MA, in 1977, she taught history and social studies at schools in Brookline, Newton, and Sharon. In 1984, she switched careers from teaching to human resources, eventually forming her own company, Medplace Associates, which fostered the careers of medical personnel in the Boston area. She retired in 2008. Mona met Scott J. Schwartz, an MIT graduate and Computer Hardware Designer, in 1982. They were married in 1986. She had three sons by her first marriage: Bradford Verter of Williamstown, MA and Geoffrey Verter, and Mitchell Verter, both of New York City. A lifelong Democrat, Mona was highly active in the League of Woman Voters, serving as Chairperson of Voter Services and later as President of the Brookline chapter. She took a justifiable pride in her work compiling voting guides, hosting debates, and monitoring elections. Fluent in both Spanish and French, Mona was an avid traveler. She and her husband, spent a month each spring traveling in Europe. Her favorite places were Paris and Italy's Amalfi coast. Her husband attests that her natural gift for languages and her charm communicating across cultural divides made each trip "an adventure of sheer delight." They spent their winters in Gainesville, Florida. In addition to her husband and her three sons, Mona is survived by her sister, Barbara Cowen of New York City, three stepdaughters, and seven grandchildren. A memorial service in Brookline is being planned for the spring. In lieu of flowers, mourners may send a donation to the , 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Published in The Brookline Tab from Jan. 22 to Jan. 29, 2015
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