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Peter Schwahn Obituary
Peter Schwahn, age 71 of Westford, died peacefully at home on Sunday morning, June 3rd, after a valiant effort to overcome lung cancer. At his side were his wife of 50 years and his two daughters. Peter grew up in Elm Grove WI, the son of the late Herbert and Marion Schwahn. He spoke fondly of his high school days at Northwest Military Academy, received a degree in hotel/restaurant management from City College of San Francisco and went on to further education at Michigan State University. In the early 1970s he worked for Branded Liquors as an importer of fine French wine to the US. His entrepreneurial spirit brought him many interesting opportunities throughout his life. Most recently, he took pride in serving as a driver for The Inn at Robbins Brook and in maintaining the facilities at The Pines in Acton. A charismatic man, Peter was loved by all who knew him. His unique wit and sense of fun have provided those he has left behind with many cherished memories. Highlights include winter weekends skiing with family friends in New Hampshire, and summers on Cape Cod and Oconomoc Lake in Wisconsin. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling throughout the country with his wife, always coming home with various antiques and Americana to add to their collection. He was a craftsman with a love of woodworking and was very clever at fixing things. His legacy includes many treasured items he made for his children and grandchildren in his workshop. He felt especially happy to be able to celebrate 50 years of marriage with his wife and family this past summer in Vermont. Besides his wife Barbara, he is survived by two daughters and their families; Lynne Parrella, her husband David, their two children Katie and Lydia, of Medford MA, and Karen Glass, her husband Peter and their three children, Emily, Peter and Julia, of Yarmouth ME. He is also survived by his sister, Polly Kacsur, and her family of Elm Grove WI, and his sister-in-law, Judy Fischer, of Sun City Center, FL. The families wish to express their gratitude to the caregivers and nurses who provided comfort and care for Peter in his final days so that he could die as he lived his life; with dignity, grace, and a bit of humor. A private Memorial Service will be held for family and close friends on Monday June 18th,10:30am at the Haws Chapel, Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Peters name to the National Lung Cancer Partnership, www.NationalLungCancerPartnership.orgor Rosannes Rush for Research, www.rushforresearch.org.

Published in The Westford Eagle from June 9 to June 16, 2012
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