Diana L. Schwab

April 28, 1942May 8, 2013
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SCHWAB, Diana L. Reichert, 71, of Beavercreek, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, May 8TH, 2013 as the result of an auto accident. Diana was born on April 28, 1942 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Justin and Annabelle Slyh Reichert. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry A. “Tim” Schwab, Jr. She is survived by her daughter Carey (Michael) Ker; granddaughter Chelsea Ker; sister, Jan Zwiren, sister Justine Reichert; and several loving and supportive nieces and nephews. Diana graduated from The Ohio State University in 1964 with a BA degree in education. She went on to earn her Master's Degree in Education from Miami University. She spent 27 years as a teacher, coach and mentor in the Kettering City school system. Her list of accomplishments includes winning 14 City Women’s Amateur Golf Championships, medaling in the first USGA National Women’s Public Links Championship, finishing as runner-up in the second USGA National Women’s Public Links Championship, and twice winning the Women’s Ohio State Golf Association Championship. Schwab in 1982 was elected to Dayton Amateur Golf Hall of Fame and served as regional affairs representative for the USGA. She also started the Dayton District Women’s Golf Association in 1991 and was instrumental in founding the Ohio Women’s Golf Association in 1979. She was a member of the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Fairborn Schools Hall of Honor. In March, 2002 she was recognized as a state legend by Golfweek magazine. She was recently awarded the 2013 Ike Grainger Award for individuals that have given 25 years of service as volunteers to the USGA. Diana loved working with young people and encouraged all she knew to learn and enjoy the game of golf. She was a wonderful mother and the best "Grammy" to her beloved granddaughter Chelsea. She will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 12th, 2013 and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 13th, 2013 at TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, Ohio, 45429. Funeral service 11:00 a.m. May 13th, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial immediately following at David’s cemetery. The family will receive friends at Beavercreek Golf Club after burial. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be made to


  • Visitation Sunday, May 12, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 13, 2013

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Melissa Gordon

May 9, 2014

What a tragic, senseless event. I hope Mrs. Schwab knows that she will be forever remembered.

Janie Klare

September 21, 2013

You are smiling down on so many of us who were so lucky to know you...You were a wonderful friend who loved life and lived it to the fullest. I will always remember standing near you at an Ohio State Am scoreboard, while someone complained to you about how difficult the course was set listened, smiled, and said, "Grow up". You taught me a lot that day, and have forever touched my soul....May you rest in peace, dear friend...

Linda Wietzel Swan

June 20, 2013

I still think of Coach Schwab to this day. I don't think she ever realized what a positive impression she made on my life. We didn't always make it easy on her while she was at Oakwood, but she made us all feel like one big family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Karen Oldham

June 16, 2013

Dear Carey and all the family of Diana,
My deepest sympathy to you all. Your mom was a wonderful women with so many friends in the golf world. She was a friend for so many years of playing together in state tournaments and national tournaments. She always had a smile, a nice word for everyone and encouragement for all! She must have been a great teacher and coach!!
May the precious memories carry you through your extreme sadness you feel after losing Diana. I will always remember her.

June 1, 2013

I just learned of Diane's passing. My condolences go to the whole family.

May 26, 2013

Ms. Schwab was one of my gym teachers and we all loved her. My dad (deceased) played golf with her often. My prayers are with you all. Thanks for sharing her with us.

Kathy (Watern) Rose

May 23, 2013

Coach Schwab left an imprint on the lives of many athletes. I was blessed to have played basketball and softball for her. My prayers are with her family members. Thanks for the memories Coach.

May 19, 2013

It is with great sadness that I write this note to Diana's family. We had the pleasure of having her in our home in Florida as she competed in the Doherty at Coral Ridge C.C. I had just heard from her as she wrote a note to me because I lost my husband Buzz suddenly on April 2nd. She sent that great picture of the 5 girls and Buzz. I was so pleased to receive it and so grateful for her kindness. She spoke often of her family especially Chelsea. She was so very proud of you all. Her golfing friends will miss her engaging smile and her sincere kindness towards others. I am happy to have known such a fine person. Taffy Brower

Major Vanessa ( Misel ) McKee

May 19, 2013

Mrs. Schwab was my softball coach in the late 70s at Fairmont West. She gave me a sense of self and work ethic that has lasted an entire lifetime.

Sharon Swanson Johnson

May 17, 2013

I still remember the time Mrs. Schwab told me I was cut from the basketball team at Fairmont West. She didn't say "you really stink at basketball," although that was most certainly the case. She said, "have you ever thought about becoming a manager?" So tactful. She was great as a gym teacher and I could always tell when she was annoyed with me...she used my last name. For teaching moments, it was always the first name. Carey, I remember you from when you were hanging around with the basketball team as a 9 or 10-year old. I'm so sorry that this is the way we are reconnecting. All the best to you and your family. Fairmont West H.S., Class of '81