OBITUARY

Florence Schwaner

June 29, 1923August 23, 2013
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Florence "Flo" Schwaner, 90, was called home to be with our Lord on 08/23/2013. Flo, a member of America's Greatest Generation, was born on 06/29/1923 in Jamaica, NY to Ada and Charles Roskoski. After high school, she began working as a secretary at Mitchel Field AFB, New York, where she met and later married Charles "Chuck" Schwaner on August 17, 1949.

After their wedding, they moved to Detroit, Michigan where Chuck taught math and physics at the University of Detroit's first ROTC program and Flo was an executive secretary at Lincoln Mercury's corporate headquarters.

After leaving Detroit, Chuck and Flo were stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany where they spent four years visiting and enjoying many European countries. They were later stationed at McQuire AFB in New York, Hickam Field AFB in Pearl Harbor, and Andrews AFB in Washington DC, where after 25 years, Chuck retired from the USAF as a Lt. Colonel.

Blessed with extraordinary people skills and an abundance of charisma, Flo was the quintessential Officer's wife- the "Hostess with the Mostess" - who made her guests feel like royalty. Flo often joked that Chuck attained the rank of Lt. Col because the Generals were so fond of her dinner parties!! As a testament to the magnificent friendships they forged, Flo and Chuck were still in contact with many friends they had known for over 60 years. Regarding her three grandchildren, Flo relished her role as "Nanny," and always wore an ear-to-ear grin in their presence. Her love for them was genuine and immeasurable.

A fantastic cook, Flo's crab soup and various Polish dishes (e.g. Golumpki) were legendary and her lasagna was "awesome" - per her grand kids and other family and friends.

With her infinite charm and larger-than-life personality, Flo would have been successful at any profession, but she chose to function primarily as a homemaker, and she excelled at it.

In addition to spending time with her family, Flo enjoyed sewing, gardening, interior design, watching her Redskins & Jags and (like Chuck) the occasional DRY martini.

RIP Flo.

Flo is survived by her daughter, Caren Doherty (Mike) of Jacksonville Beach, her son, Charles Schwaner, JR; grandchildren, Sean, Caitlin & Patrick, and great granddaughter, Emma Lynn; her sister, Marie Nadolny of Middle Island, NY; and her brother, Charles Roskoski (Greta) of Meriden, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 am Thursday, August 29th in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2400 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, FL, Rev. Father Mark Waters presiding. She will be laid to rest at Jacksonville National Cemetery at 1:30 Thursday. The family will receive friends for a visitation from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug 28th at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL.

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 29, 2013
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Dan Carson

August 28, 2013

Charlie,

So sorry for your loss. Kathy and I send prayers to you and your family.

Mark Geller

August 28, 2013

Charlie. I am so sorry to hear about your mothers passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers my friend.

Mick and Mary Wolverton

August 27, 2013

Charlie - So sorry to hear about your mother. Be well. Mick and Mary Wolverton

Hank Gregor

August 27, 2013

It is difficult for me to imagine any nephew having had as fine an Aunt and Uncle as Flo and Chuck. They offered love, encouragement, and wonderful examples of how to live as caring, responsible and productive adults to all their nieces and nephews, over all the decades of their lives. Their influences on me, and my memories of them, will be with me for all my time here on earth.

Hank Gregor

Hank Gregor

August 27, 2013

No youngster ever had a finer aunt and uncle than Flo and Chuck. They lavished an unflagging level of love and support to all their nieces and nephews over decades. Along with encouragement in school and life activities, they offered up examples of how to live as caring and responsible and productive adults. Truly, they have enriched my life, and I know there are so many others who have been equally blessed. Memories of them and their influences, and the gracious and caring ways they conducted their lives, will always be remembered and treasured by me, a fortunate recipient of their love.

Lisa Siwula

August 26, 2013

Charlie,

My mother and I, both, offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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