Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Harriet Schwoch
May 4, 1929 - May 6, 2017 (Age 88)
Watertown, WI
Service: May 13, 2017
Harriet Schwoch
Harriet Schwoch lived a life full of joy that she shared with the world. The life she had on earth ended on Saturday, May 6, 2017. But the joy she shared continues on in the hearts of her family and friends.
Harriet was born on May 4, 1929, and grew up in Shorewood. But she lived most of her 88 years in Watertown, the place she and her husband, chose to spend their lives. Harriet Ehrendreich married Glenn A. Schwoch on April 30, 1949. They were parents to James Schwoch (Mimi White) and Heidi Schwoch (Jeffery Rammelt). Later on they were delighted to have two grandsons, Travis White-Schwoch and John Rammelt, join the family.
Beside her family, Harriet had 2 two things she was passionate about: children and the Constitution of the United States. She chose a profession that allowed her to enjoy both those things: teaching. She was a special education teacher for many years in the Watertown school district. She also taught some summer school classes and fifth grade for a short time. One of the subjects she most enjoyed teaching was what used to be called civics. Although most of her students were very young, she taught them the rights and responsibilities of being an American citizen. Each year, her class wrote a letter to one of our elected representatives, learning about the roles of mayors, legislators, congressmen and presidents. Many of those officials responded, sending her class their pictures to hang on her classroom walls.
Harriet was also able to pursue her interests with two terms as a Jefferson County supervisor after she retired from teaching. She was very proud and excited to be a delegate to the 1996 Democratic National Convention and was honored to attend the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. She whole-heartedly embraced the Constitution, particularly the First Amendment. Among her great joys in life were writing letters to the editor and attending rallies, marches and stand-ins. Her dedication to children often led her to protest war and stand up for peace. Because of its impact on children, she had a life-long interest in politics.
She was very involved with her community on a local level. She and her husband were the co-founders of PALS, now called the Friends of the Watertown Public Library. Among other things, she also was a Girl Scout leader and a volunteer at Watertown Memorial Hospital for many years.
Besides her husband, Harriet outlived her six sisters and brothers. But she is survived by many nieces and nephews who gave her the large family she loved so much. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Darrell Schwoch, and a sister-in-law, Mary Ehrendreich. Harriet had many friends in the area who she loved very much. The Schwoch family would like to thank all of those friends for the love and enjoyment they added to her life.
A memorial service for Harriet will be held Saturday at Hafemeister Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. The service will be held at noon. A short internment service will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
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