Mary Schwalbe
Mary Schwalbe (Kleckner)

Santa Rosa, CA - January 17, 1930-May 29, 2021

Mary Schwalbe (Kleckner) age 91, died in her home with family in attendance in Santa Rosa, California as was her wish.

Mary was born on a farm in St. Ansgar, Iowa on January 17, 1930. Her parents were Ernest and Florence Kleckner. She had ten siblings: Adrian, Arnold, Robert, Maurice, Bernice, Raymond, Jim,

Bill, Helen, and Patricia. She is survived by Bernice, Bill and Jim. Mary had four children with her husband Richard Rosenquist: David, Michael, Lisa, and Karen. She had six grandchildren: Danielle, Katie, Christina, Jonathon, Emerson, and Liam; and two great-grandchildren: Alexandra and James. Mary was proceeded in death by Michael Rosenquist, Richard Rosenquist, Jay Schwalbe, and Christina Braun.

From 1955 to 1964, the Rosenquist family lived abroad in Germany and Japan. Upon returning to the USA, they settled in Northern California. Mary and Richard divorced in 1969. Mary later met and married Jay Schwalbe. Mary proved to be a formidable businesswoman, opening her own optical shop, and embarking on multiple ventures throughout her life. She had an engaging professional personality and great sense of style that people enjoyed when visiting her store.

Mary loved traveling all over the world and meeting people from other cultures. She was a marvelous cook, a fabulous skier, a gardener, a great mother, a hip grammy, and friend to many. We all loved her laugh which could be heard for miles.

In later years, Mary spent a lot of time at her Lake Tahoe vacation home. She bought this with her son Michael so they could snow ski and water ski. It became a place for the whole family to gather, resulting in many wonderful memories, laughs and adventures.

Mary is missed by all.



Published by The Reno Gazette Journal and Lyon County News Leader from Jun. 30 to Jul. 2, 2021.
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I only had the opportunity to be around Aunt Mary a few brief times unfortunately. But I always remember how she was kind, poised and interesting to converse with. Few are gifted with all three of these qualities in my experiences. I know she was a bit of a rebel as I remember a story about locking one of her sister-in-laws in a outhouse in her younger days. My condolences to your families as you had a truly remarkable Grammy, Mother and Aunt.
Duff Kleckner ( nephew)
August 23, 2021
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