Kathleen V. Schweers
January 12, 1949 – June 14, 2018
Kathleen V. Schweers, 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 14, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA. Visitation will be from 6-8:00 p.m., with a rosary service prior at 5:45 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018, at Ankeny Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny with a luncheon immediately following. A burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Arcadia, IA at 3 p.m. Memorials may be directed towards the Lawrence J. & Irene M. Bradley Family Fund, which helps support the Rockwell City Public Library and the Rockwell City Meals on Wheels program in Iowa.
Kathleen Veronica Bradley was born January 12, 1949, in Pocahontas, IA, one of eleven children of Lawrence and Irene (Lang) Bradley. She graduated as valedictorian from Rockwell City High School in 1967, and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and French from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA, where she was the class valedictorian in 1971. Kathleen was united in marriage to John A. Schweers on June 1, 1973, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rockwell City. They welcomed three children.
Kathy held various occupations throughout her adulthood, including teaching at Sacred Heart in Templeton and Roland-Story Schools in Story City as well as substitute teaching in Ankeny. She also worked at Burger King in Ankeny, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in West Des Moines and Dave’s Jewelry in Ankeny. She was a long-time member of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny. Kathy was very gifted and had many hobbies; she enjoyed sewing, drawing, playing cards, games and watching Wheel-of-Fortune in her free time. She also liked to repair anything and everything around the house when it needed fixing. Kathy cherished her time spent with family and friends, and was very proud of her children and grandchildren. She and John enjoyed taking cruises together, recently having taken one earlier this year to the Caribbean.
Left to cherish her memory are Kathy’s husband, John of Ankeny; children: Ryan (Jenny) Schweers of San Antonio, TX, Allison (Michael) Klein of Ankeny and Audrey (Shawn) Echelberry of Hedrick, IA; grandchildren: Benjamin, Logan, Owen, Oliver, Evan, Alexa, Ethen, Izaak and Arrik; her siblings: Mary Ann (Peter) Burk of Waterloo, David (Diane) Bradley of Fort Dodge, Margy Halverson-Collins of Urbandale, Jack (Karen) Bradley of Fort Dodge, Thomas (Margaret) Bradley of Johnston, Therese (Mark) Nelson of West Des Moines, Steven (Suzanne) Bradley of Excelsior, MN and a sister-in-law, Shelia Bradley of Manson; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews as well as many beloved friends, especially those from Dave’s Jewelry. She is preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Rita Schleisman, brother, Clarence, infant brother, Joseph and a brother-in-law, Jerry Collins.
- David Bradley, Casket Bearer
- Jack Bradley, Casket Bearer
- Steven Bradley, Casket Bearer
- Michael Klein, Casket Bearer
- Shawn Echelberry, Casket Bearer
- Mark Nelson, Casket Bearer
- Debi Crann, Honorary Bearer
- Pat Brannen, Honorary Bearer
- Paula Steinbach, Honorary Bearer
- LaRee Russell, Honorary Bearer
- Sharlene Dunlap, Honorary Bearer
- Rosary Service Monday, June 18, 2018
- Visitation Monday, June 18, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Kathleen V. Schweers
June 25, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of loss.
June 23, 2018
My condolences to all the Bradley's and Schweers..... The Bradley family was one of my favorite childhood families. Kathy was in class ahead of me . We shared Pomeroy St. Mary's,, RC St. Francis and RCHS, and Briar Cliff to include French classes. She was a resourceful, creative, warm, loving friend during that time of our lives. She had a beautiful smile which could light up a room... I have no doubt that she was an awesome teacher, Mom, and Grandmom.
Denise & Alan Jones
June 22, 2018
John, Allison & all of Kath's family,
We were so shocked & sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. We send each of you our love & sympathy. Wish we could have given you hugs in person. We will be praying for you in the days ahead, asking God to comfort you with his promises & strengthen you with His Spirit.
Alan & Denise Jones, Ankeny, IA
Lucy Pille Furey
June 20, 2018
John and family,
So sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God's peace be wth you.
June 17, 2018
Kathy lived down the street from me as we were growing up. Kathy even spent part of the summer with me at my aunt and uncles' farm. I remember Kathy fondly. Kathy may you R.I.P. now. My sincere sympathy to the family.
Maureen Rafferty Sorensen
June 16, 2018
Kathy and I were classmates in grade school and high school in Rockwell City. Although our paths have not crossed in decades, she is fondly remembered as a kind, thoughtful and trusted friend. My heart goes out to the Bradley and Schweers families.
June 16, 2018
I remember Kathy from Briar Cliff College. Our sympathies to the family.
June 16, 2018
It was my honor to serve as Kathy's principal during her time at the Roland-Story Elementary School in Story City, Iowa. Kathy was a very professional teacher, loved by her students, including one of my own children.
We enjoyed her time with us and will always think of her with a big smile.
June 15, 2018
Kathy was an ever smiling picture of kindness and grace. Tho I had little time with her in comparison to others—she made her “mark”. She was very memorable. Her children are a testament to her love and beautiful spirit. The world may miss her....but heaven will welcome her.