Obitiuaries for May 10, 2013

By Jayson Jacoby May 10, 2013 11:25 am

Marian Schwenk

Phoenix, Ore., 1929-2013

Marian Teresa Schwenk, 83, of Phoenix, Ore., died April 17, 2013, at Providence Hospital in Medford, in the loving embrace of her family.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 517 W. 10th St. in Medford.

She was born on June 18, 1929, at Baker City to James and Kate Morrissey. The Morrisseys came to the United States from Ireland and settled at Keating, where they became successful ranchers.

It was there that Marian spent an idyllic childhood full of hard work and play among beloved farm animals and open pastures. She attended Baker High School, married and raised a family before moving in 1972. She lived at Medford and Bend before retiring to Phoenix. 

Her family said Marian left life the way she lived it: with a strong spirit, profound gratitude for all of the blessings in her life, a deep faith in God and an overflowing love for her family. Family and faith were the centers of her world.

She was willing to make any sacrifice for the sake of those she loved. She never complained about the obstacles she encountered in life and instead overcame them through hard work and the determination to provide the best for her family.

She loved the important things in life: her home and the flowers that she planted each year, long talks with her loved ones, long walks in all kinds of weather, good movies, good books, and going out on special occasions. 

“She was the loving heart and soul of her family, who will never be able to fill the void she has left in their lives,” family members said.

Survivors include her loving husband of 40 years, Calvin Schwenk, and her daughters and their husbands, Joni and Arthur Roskofsky, Deanne and Jerry Thompson and Susie and Larry Parker, all of Medford; her sons, John Givens  and his wife, Laura, of Rochester, N.Y. and James Givens and his wife, Ilona, of Eugene; her grandchildren, Jason Hollen, Andi Black and her husband, Adam, and Jeremy Thompson, all of Medford, Ryan Parker and his wife, Jennifer, of Portland, Jazzmin Glover and her husband, Aaren, of Ashland, Harrison Givens of Orange, Calif., and Anna and William Givens of Rochester, N.Y.; great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Black of Phoenix; and her sister, Kathleen Franklin of Portland.

Perl Funeral Home of Medford is in charge of arrangements.