OBITUARY

Michael Stephen Schwartz

February 28, 1962December 28, 2019
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Michael Stephen Schwartz, 57, died unexpectedly on December 28, 2019, after a 3 month battle with stage IV lung cancer. Mike is survived by his wife, Carolyn Schwartz, of Tucker, GA, daughter Megan Shelley (Caleb) of Aynor, SC, son Craig Schwartz (fiancée Laura) of Tucker, Georgia, mother Patricia Schwartz of Belle Plaine, MN/Yuma, AZ, brothers David (Cindy), Terry (Melissa), Kevin and sisters, Cathy (Tim) Elness and Julie (Dale) Tesch. He was preceded in death by his father LeRoy Schwartz of Belle Plaine, MN, foster brother Steve (Jayne) Dumas, and mother-in-law Jackie Shepler of Racine, WI.

Mike was born on February 28, 1962, in Oakland, CA, and adopted by Pat and LeRoy Schwartz. The Schwartz family lived in Belle Plaine, MN, where Mike graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1980. He attended St. John’s University – Collegeville, MN, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1984 with a degree in Meteorology. He married his best friend and partner, Carolyn Shepler, in 1985. After moving to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Mike began working for Northwest Airlines as a meteorologist. The couple welcomed 2 children, Megan and Craig, into their home. His children remember him as a kind, hardworking and loving father who enjoyed participating in all of their extracurricular activities. He loved family game nights which included Mario Kart, Monopoly and Killer Bunnies. The kids were instructed to never sell Dad a monopoly otherwise he would dominate the game. Mike was always eager to perform in the father-daughter dance at Megan’s dance recitals and made annual trips to Statesboro, GA, for her sorority’s Daddy-Daughter Weekends. Mike was also an active leader in Craig’s Boy Scout troop. His favorite activities with the Boy Scouts were the pinewood derby, camping trips and teaching the boys new things to earn merit badges. Mike also enjoyed being a band dad at St. Pius X Catholic High School, well known for being the first one to an event and the last one to leave. In 2009, Mike began working for Delta Airlines and moved the family to Tucker, GA. Mike was passionate about Delta Airlines. He was always finding new innovations in the OCC world and was loved and adored by his Delta family. During his time at Delta Airlines he received the Chairman Award - the highest honor a Delta employee can receive. On the morning of December 29, at their usual morning meeting, the OCC team had a moment of silence in honor of Mike, after which he was given a 3 minute standing ovation - typically given to employees on their last day before retirement. Mike was an amazing individual, accomplished at scuba diving. He had recently become a PADI Master Scuba Diver, a rating fewer than 2% of all divers achieve. He loved the Minnesota Vikings, hot weather, his pool and playing in his yard. He was especially fond of his 3 palm trees surrounding the pool. He was an active and dedicated member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be Saturday, January 4, at 12:00pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Fr. Jude Michael Krill officiating. A brief visitation will be held immediately prior to Mass at 11:00 am with a reception following afterward. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mike's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Pius X Catholic High School, Holy Cross Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society. The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, socks, hats, meals and yard/pool care during this time. Holy Cross Catholic Church 3773 Chamblee Tucker Rd. Atlanta, GA 30084 ...God has made a way for me. ~ Mike

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  • Mike is survived by his wife, Carolyn Schwartz, of Tucker, GA, daughter Megan Shelley (Caleb) of Aynor, SC, son Craig Schwartz (fiancée Laura) of Tucker, Georgia, mother Patricia Schwartz of Belle Plaine, MN/Yuma, AZ, brothers David (Cindy), Terry (Melissa), Kevin and sisters, Cathy (Tim) Elness and Julie (Dale) Tesch. He was preceded in death by his father LeRoy Schwartz of Belle Plaine, MN, foster brother Steve (Jayne) Dumas, and mother-in-law Jackie Shepler of Racine, WI.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 4, 2020

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John Schmitz

January 6, 2020

Thank You Mike, for making the SPX Band trailer pull just a little bit smoother....

God Bless my Friend

John Schmitz (Father of Earl Schmitz SPX 11')

Ann Manthe Chilson

January 4, 2020

I was 2nd youngest of 8 in the Manthe family growing up in Belle Plaine. The Schwartz family was also a large loving family. Hallgren’s too. My first memories of Mike were as part of a large group of crazy teenagers (my older sisters, Mike, Hallgren brothers) playing cards and board games in our big family kitchen. They called him Gussie from his given German name from German class ‘Gusstoff’ (my sister was in same class). It was always a version of that Gussie, Goose... but I remember the laughing. They’d let me (the little kids) hang out too and be part of that. Later I grew to be dear friends with the little brothers of those family friends, Terry and Jon. The friendship continued. We took a couple van loads out to Racine for Mike and Carolyn’s wedding. What fun we had and more laughing. I was able to catch up a little at Leroy’s funeral. He had the exact same laugh! And was the same wonderful sincere and caring friend. We are all heartbroken for your loss and keep you in our prayers. The Manthe Family, Ann

Art Bedard

January 3, 2020

Mike was one of our Troop Committee Members when Craig was in Troop 129. I was the Committee Chair and managed to convince Mike that we needed his help on the Committee. Frankly, it did not take much convincing. Mike was eager and glad to help. He was that kind of person.

I remember him as this tall guy with a thick Minnesota accent, a great sense of humor, and a wonderful laugh. He was always smiling and happy to be at the Troop meetings and events. He loved helping the adult leaders out and was wonderful with the boys.

I was so sad to hear of his passing. We have lost a bright soul but one that has touched so many people.

My deepest condolences to Mike's family.

William & Lillie Pittman

December 31, 2019

We meet Mike & family a few years ago when they moved into the neighborhood. He was truly a good neighbor with a big heart ❤️ and always a smile. They immediately volunteered to host our annual neighbor end of summer party and always made everyone feel welcome. He will truly be missed a one in a million type person! Rest In Peace our neighbor and friend. Praying for peace and our condolences to the family!

JP Towhey

December 30, 2019

Mike was a good man with a huge heart. He served on the scout committee with troop 129 in Tucker for a few years and made a huge impact on our program. I have come to think of him as a friend and his son Craig as a true example of the good work done by good men as fathers.
God bless your family in this difficult time.

JP (jim) Towhey

David Halbmaier

December 30, 2019

When I think of Mike my memories are of a kind person with a big smile. I was a friend growing up in Belle Plaine and remember birthday parties when we were little at Mike's house on the farm. I also remember playing football with Mike in High School. Mike always worn forearm protectors and was a good guard with good footwork and a smart player.

Although, I have not seen Mike in many years, I instantly think of him as a friend and I have good thoughts.

Friends always Mike.

Dave Halbmaier

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