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Carl Christian Schwan

April 3, 1937March 8, 2021
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Carl Christian Schwan, age 83 passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021. Carl was born April 3, 1937.

Carl is survived by son Scott Schwan (Amy Dries); and daughter Amber Barry (Sean); twin brother Edward Spencer Schwan; grandson Colby Christian Schwan, grandson Landon William Schwan, grandson Parker Scott Schwan, granddaughter Amanda Barry, granddaughter Liza Jane Barry and granddaughter Adeline Barry. Carl was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie Lee Schwan.

Carl was retired from Cary Pharmaceuticals where he had served as their Chief Financial Officer. A man of faith, Carl was a member of the Acworth United Methodist Church and was a true Patriot who served this great country of ours in the U.S. Air Force. A phenomenal piano player, Carl loved serenading his beloved Bonnie. Carl was a huge baseball fan and enjoyed playing bridge. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

A graveside service for Carl will be held Sunday, March 14, 2021, 2:00 pm at Pine Ridge Memorial Park, 2950 Cobb Parkway North, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Carl's memory may be made to Boys Town, boystown.org; and Leukemia - Lymphoma Society, lls.org/ga-sc.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.winkenhoferpineridgefuneralhome.com for the Schwan family.

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  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, March 14, 2021

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Michael Hogan

March 14, 2021

As hard as it is to accept that my friend is gone, it is surprisingly easy to speak of him. Simply put, Carl was one of the finest human beings I have ever known.

It was a privilege to work with him at two companies. I considered him a mentor. To this day, when faced with an issue where the resolution escapes me, I think: "What would Carl do?" Almost always, that's the course of action to take.

Carl had that rare ability to balance the business' needs with those of the people in the business. He once told me to remember, "They're not desks with people at them; they're people who share a third of their lives with you sitting at those desks."

Carl was always gracious; whether it was taking the time to chat or hosting one of his joyous Christmas sing-a-longs, he always made you feel like you mattered. Because to him, you did matter.

I know I am a better professional for knowing him, and I will always have his standard to live up to.

Rest in peace, my friend.

Kate Spencer

March 13, 2021

My fondest memory of Carl was as he visited our home in N.J. while a college student. He gave my sister Carol and I light-hearted yet serious advice on maintaining a good sibling relationship and the benefit of salad being the second helping of choice. He was someone to look up to, as our oldest cousin.

Jennie Spencer Page

March 13, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear about Carl's passing. He was the eldest Spencer cousin and I the youngest. I have fond memories of him visiting our house when I was a child and brief visits in Speculator where he shared memories of our grandparents.

Carol (Spencer) Stegen

March 13, 2021

I feel so sad to hear about Carl. I know you will miss him terribly.
He was the oldest(just) of our cousins. I always loved to get the
beautiful family Christmas pictures and glad that I got to have a good talk with him this past Christmas time.
The last time I was with Carl was in Speculator,NY when he was visiting Ed and we sat together on the front porch of the old Spencer House. I have a happy memory of dancing with Carl at Jennie and Arthur's wedding many years ago. As I recall, he was quite a good dancer - as he was good at many things. Love to you all, Carol (Spencer) Stegen

Elizabeth Bennett

March 11, 2021

Carl was a regular attendee at the 8:30 AM service at AUMC and always had a smile and a THANK YOU as I handed him a bulletin.
A truly Christian person.

Pamela Szabla

March 10, 2021

Such sad news.....I so enjoyed playing bridge and just conversing with Carl. I will truly miss his smiling personality. Condolences to his family.

Jen Kocerha

March 9, 2021

One memory stands out more than the rest. Traveling with Amber and her family to Hilton Head. Carl and Bonnie would set up their tent with their 2 chairs and a cooler between them. They would stay on the beach all day. They packed us sandwiches and drinks, but we could never hang as long as they could :).

Erika Greff

March 8, 2021

My heart is broken to hear this news. I wish I lived locally and could give you a big hug or provide comfort in some way. I love looking at Amber’s wedding photo with her father. I know he will be dearly missed and my heart arches for you. With sincerest condolences,
Erika (Miller) Greff and family

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