Romaine R. Schwem, 80, died Sunday, May 13 at Covenant Medical Center. He was born July 15, 1937 in Sumner, son of Loraine and Elnora Niemeyer Schwem. He married Shirley J. Malloy on March 4, 1957 in Waterloo. She died Sept. 23, 2002. Romaine worked at Rath Packing Co. for 29 years while also working at Quick Delivery & Transfer. He later worked at McGregors Furniture as a warehouse foreman, while also caring for his wife who suffered with Parkinson's Disease. He retired in 2010. He is survived by two daughters, Teresa (David) Murray and Marla Newman, both of Waterloo; two grandchildren, Shane (Kristi Thomas) Murray and Blaire (Daniel) Lund; a great-granddaughter, Pieper Thomas-Murray; two brothers, Jerry (Lucy) Schwem of Gays Mills, Wis. and Steven Schwem of Viroqua, Wis.; two sisters, Myrna Costa of Waterloo and Marlene (Steve) Knapp of Westgate. He was preceded in death by his wife; an infant son, Jonathan; a sister, Margaret DeLong; two brothers, Dennis and Mark Schwem. Services will be 10:30 am Friday at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, 1122 W. 11th St., with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Thursday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street and will continue for 1 hour preceding services at the church on Friday. Romaine was a caregiver for his wife, family and anyone that needed a helping hand. He also took time for himself by regularly working out at Covenant, reading mystery novels and playing games and cards with his family.
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