STRAWN — Kathleen Mae Schwarz, 51, of Strawn, formerly of Chatsworth, passed away at 12:12 p.m. Sunday (April 24, 2016) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Visitation in her honor will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Chatsworth, followed by a graveside service at Calvary Cemetery, Piper City. Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Association or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, Children’s Hospital, Peoria.
Kathie was born March 4, 1965, in Elmhurst, a daughter of Keith Price and Judy Carlson. She was
raised by her mother and stepfather, Dick Katzel. They both survive in Arizona. She
married Edward A. Schwarz on Aug. 9, 1986, in Joliet. He survives in Strawn.
Also surviving are her children, Michael (Terri) Schwarz, Lexington, S.C.; Nicholas (Catherine
Biesbor) Schwarz, Piper City; Brittany (Matt) Kennedy, Fairbury; and Ashley (Josh) Walters,
Chatsworth; her mother-in-law, Catherine (late Harry Schwarz) Schwarz, Piper City; her
grandchildren, Alyssa, Krista, Chelsea Mae, Addison, Scott, Lucas, Abigail, Gabriel, Austin
Anthony “Pooh Bear,” Annabella and Jamie; her siblings, Dawn (Dave) McVey, Bolingbrook, and
Keith Katzel, Hanover Park; and one brother-in-law, Jim Angelos, Gibson City.
She was preceded in death by her father and one sister, Christine Angelos.
Kathie worked for Quanex in Chatsworth for a number of years and went on to work for R.R.
Donnelley in Dwight before settling at Selig in Forrest where she worked for the last eight years.
She loved her job and everyone there.
Kathie and Ed’s motto on life was to help others in any way that they could. Kathy’s last gift was her
donation of her body to help 20 people in need through organ donation. It is through this donation
that the family can find comfort in her loss knowing that she will live on through her donation.
This obituary may be viewed and condolences left to the family at calvertmemorial.com.