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Obituary for Lemma ‘Jane’ Schowalter

March 23, 1932 – May 5, 2023

Lemma “Jane” Schowalter, age 91, passed away at her residence on Friday, May 5, 2023. She was born in Luzern, Ky., on March 23, 1932, the daughter of the late Dempsey and Alpha (Nee: Heltsley) McElvain.

Lemma ‘Jane' Schowalter
Lemma ‘Jane’ Schowalter

In her younger years, Lemma was a teammate with the Racine Junior Belles. On Aug. 21, 1954, Lemma was united in marriage to Lewis G. Schowalter at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Lemma worked at Webster Electric, became a stay-at-home mom, and later worked for Norco Manufacturing, managing the company’s finances.

Lemma retired in 2002, being the first to retire from the company after 30 years of service, and began living life to its fullest. She was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church and the Altar Society.

Lemma was always out and about with family and friends. Camping, craft fairs, movies and board games with the grandkids were always a norm. With fires in the fire pit and a brandy old-fashioned, she could always find the right thing to say to help you crack a smile. She began traveling to Colorado for family visits and liked to take the Amtrak to be able to see the country. Later, she liked to spend time rail-fanning with her son and rides through the parks. Her conversation and presence will be missed deeply by all who knew her.

She was loved dearly and will be sadly missed by her daughter, Joan (Carl) Vanderwerff; son, Jeff Schowalter; daughters-in-law, Janelle Schowalter, Clarisse Schowalter; grandchildren: Adam, Krista and Nicholas Vanderwerff, Danielle (Peter) Zimmer, Paul Schowalter, Jacob Schowalter, Josiah, Jessica, and Joshua Savoie; great-grandchildren: Vincent, Devin and Kynsleigh; sister, Marcia Coyne; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, John and James; and siblings, Inez Rooney and Larry McElvain.


A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Jane’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Thomas Vathappallil officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family for visitation from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at the Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. until the time of Mass on Tuesday at the Church.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.

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