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Gwendolyn E. Schlange


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Gwendolyn E. Schlange Obituary
GWENDOLYN E. SCHLANGE March 2, 1928 November 21, 2016 MISS GWENDOLYN E. SCHLANGE, Educator, died peacefully November 21, 2016, in Hemet, CA, after a brief illness. Gwen was born in Whittier, CA on March 2, 1928, and resided her entire life in California. She taught for 45 years, the last four decades at Little Lake Elementary School in Hemet. In 1992 she was honored as Teacher of the Year at Little Lake School and for the Hemet Unified School District. Gwen received a full scholarship from Whittier College, returning to Hemet to care for her beloved mother, and to teach. In 1962 she received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in London. In 2012 she received the Outstanding Woman Award from the Gamma Theta Chapter of Chi State, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. In 2005 the California State Assembly honored Gwen with a special Resolution as a Distinguished California Resident, " for her lifetime of learning, achievements, and meritorious service." During a richly productive retirement, Gwen served as a Trustee at Mt. San Jacinto College for 22 years. She championed the college district's expansion, including locations in Menifee and the San Gorgonio Pass. A fervent advocate for scholarships, she became an honorary director on the MSJC Foundation Board in 2014, where she served until her passing. Gwen loved the Lord, often saying that, because He blessed her life and enabled her to do what she loved, "I have a responsibility to pay it forward." Her love shone through her service with many organizations, a few of which include the American Association of University Women, Community Builders, United Methodist Women, Friends of the Library, Delta Kappa Gamma, and California Retired Teachers. In 2011 Gwen received The Community Builders Award for her life-long commitment to community service. Because Gwen also loved learning, travel, and history, she enjoyed graduate courses at USC, UCLA, UCSD, Redlands University, Columbia University in New York, William and Mary College in Virginia, and the University of Maryland at College Park. She also toured numerous historical sites across the United States and Europe. She was preceded in death by her mother Elsie, one brother and a sister. She is survived by two brothers, her nieces and nephews, maternal cousins in Ohio, and innumerable friends who thought of her as family. A memorial service for Gwen will be held Saturday, December 17th at 1:00 p.m. at Hemet United Methodist Church, 530 S. Buena Vista Street, Hemet. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Gwen's devoted support of students may mail donations to the Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation, 1499 N. State Street, San Jacinto CA 92583, or may donate online at www.msjc.edu/foundation


Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 27, 2016
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