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Father Erwin H. Schweigardt

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Father Erwin H. Schweigardt, 79, died Monday, July 16, 2018 at Ellis Hospital.Fr. Schweigardt was born in Albany to the late Herman and Elsie (Teufer) Schweigardt. A graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, Manhattan College, Fordham University and Theological College of the Catholic University of America, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Edward J. Maginn, D.D. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, New York on May 20, 1967. His assignments have included Assistant at Our Lady of Victory in Troy (1967-68), St.John's in Rensselaer (1968-69) and St. John the Evangelist in Schenectady (1972-78). In 1969, Father began studies at the Catholic University of America, earning a PhD in Education Administration in 1972 and began service in the Diocesan School Office as Director of Educational Research. Father Schweigardt was assigned to St. Patrick's in Watervliet, first as Administrator (1980) and then Pastor (1981-2005), and finally Pastor of St. Margaret Mary in Albany in 2005, until his retirement from administrative responsibilities in 2009. In addition, Father Schweigardt took great pride in working with college students, first as a chaplain of the Men's Basketball and Hockey teams at Union College, and later as the advisor for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute chapter of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity.Father Schweigardt is survived by his brother, Rolf (Toni) Schweigardt of Colonie; two nephews, Andrew (Renee) Schweigardt of Lexington, KY and Brian (Julianne) Schweigardt of Queensbury; one niece, Wendy (Jay) O'Brien of Waterford. He is also survived by several grandnieces and nephews and cousins.A Reception of the Body service will be conducted Thursday, July 19 at 4 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Schenectady. Viewing hours will begin after the Reception of the Body service, approximately, 4:15 p.m., and continue until 7 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church Friday at 11 a.m. with Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger as principal celebrant. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie.The family requests that to honor his dedication to serving others, contributions can be made to Catholic Charities, Community Hospice, or a in lieu of flowers.Arrangements are by the Gleason Funeral Home, Schenectady.

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Published in The Daily Gazette from July 18 to July 19, 2018
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