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Lowell David Schwalbe

July 29, 1938 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Lowell Schwalbe Obituary

Lowell David Schwalbe, 85, of Sun City West, AZ, died suddenly and unexpectedly on December 29, 2023. 

 

Lowell was born on July 29, 1938, in Waconia, MN, to Edward and Alma (Splettstoezer) Schwalbe. One of eleven children, Lowell lost his father early in life and spoke lovingly of his devoted mother, who worked hard both in and outside the home, and from whom he learned his strong work-ethic. In his youth, he was active in sports and music and was excited to continue his education at his beloved alma mater, the University of Minnesota where he first fell in love with the Minnesota Rouser while playing his clarinet in the band. 

 

Following his graduation from the “U”, in 1961, with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Lowell immediately started teaching and settling into married life. He enjoyed his work as a band director and spending time with his growing family of three young kids. At the height of his career as a band leader, he was so proud when the New Richland/Hartland Band, under his direction, was invited to march in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. 

 

A life-long student, in 1970, Lowell returned to school to earn his Masters in Education from Minnesota State Mankato. Over the next several years, his move from music teacher and band director to high school principal was made. He also remarried and eventually took his first administrative position in Eagle Bend, MN. He was blessed with two more daughters who were also gifted with his deep love of music and he continued to share his legacy of playing instruments, singing, and performing.

 

In 1983, Lowell was once again inspired to further his education and moved his family to Greeley, CO where he pursued a Doctorate in Education at the University of Northern Colorado, with aspirations to be a Superintendent of Schools. He realized his dream, and after many more moves and positions and an eventual return to Minnesota, Lowell retired as a Superintendent in 2001.  He considered the introduction of Interactive Television (ITV) and expanding curriculum offerings in rural Minnesota schools to be his greatest achievements as an administrator. 

 

In retirement, Lowell enjoyed travel, music, friends and family. He was a generous and kind man who always had a joke or a song and loved to sit down at a piano. His free-time was spent making fast friends from acquaintances and singing with the Tremble Clefs (warmly referred to by him as “the Shakey Choir”,) a choral group devoted to therapeutic singing for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He was proud of being a published author of two books and a prolific writer of music. He performed at Carnegie Hall. He kept a fondness in his heart for Minnesota, Sun City West, and Logan, Utah. 

 

Lowell Schwalbe had a positive outlook, was a confident leader, and a man who always tried to answer in the affirmative. He was forever the nicest guy in the room. He always bought your drink, brought a gift, drove the car around for you, and liked to kiss both your cheeks. In a world where these refinements are fading, he persisted. He had a strong faith, a deep affection for the church, and was loved by family and friends.

 

Lowell David Schwalbe was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Alma Schwalbe; brother Edward Schwalbe, brother Kermit Schwalbe, sisters and brothers-in-law; Sylvia and Ed Johnson, Jeanette and Arthur Emick, Marjorie and Martin Hill; brothers Marlin Sicheneder (Josephine), Raymond Sicheneder, and sisters Dorothy (Susie) Light (Wilbur), and Mildred Lohers (Sarge).

 

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Conery-Schwalbe, brother Vernon Schwalbe (Darlene), sister-in-law Beatrice Sicheneder, son Robin Schwalbe (Cyndi), daughter Melanie Simpson (Todd), son Bret Schwalbe (Nicole), daughter Tisa Zachau (Brian), daughter Keira Moore (Nathaniel), step-son Cameron Quintal (Julie), step-daughter Elissa Quintal, step-son Juddson Quintal, step-daughter Deirdre Chatfield (Dake), step-daughter Rebecca Quintal-Loza (Jesse), step-son Jeff Conery (Kristie), step- daughter Kim Gray (Danny), step-son Michael Conery (Tammy), step-son Steve Conery (Roberta), step-daughter Alison Marek (Brian), grandchildren Devyn Schwalbe, Jordan (Gary) McDougall, Cole Simpson, Alexandra Schwalbe, Jack (Hannah) Schwalbe, Luke Schwalbe, Corey Quintal, Alaina Quintal, Marsden Chatfield, Avery Chatfield, Elijah Moore, Ryelin Moore, Zarek Moore, Maksim Zachau, Tiian Zachau, Aidric Zachau, Eile Zachau, Marilyn’s grandchildren, and countless cousins, nieces and nephews.

 In lieu of flowers, financial contributions in memory of Lowell Schwalbe can be made to Tremble Clefs

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