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Ted W. Schwartz, 63, of Berne, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013, at his home.
Ted was born to the late Ernest and Ruth (Nussbaum) Schwartz on May 7, 1949, in Adams County.
He married Lana Sprunger on July 10, 1971; she survives in Berne.
Ted was a member of the First Mennonite Church in Berne where he served as a youth leader, Sunday School teacher, and in various other capacities. He graduated from South Adams High School in 1967 and Taylor University in 1971. During the summers of his high school and college years, Ted worked with his father in his construction business, building homes throughout the area.
He received his master's degree from St. Francis College (now University) in 1974. He began his teaching career in 1971 in Portland, teaching art to elementry and junior high students. He then came to South Adams in 1978. After teaching elementary and junior high art, he became head of the art department and taught high school students for many years. His career spanned 41 years, and he touched the lives of many young people, who in turn inspired him.
Ted had also been co-owner of F & S Painting, and for over 30 years he painted many buildings in the area during his summers.
Ted was a man of varied interests. As an art teacher, he enjoyed working with students and helping them reach their creative potential. He enjoyed coaching baseball and tennis, but especially loved coaching basketball. Deer hunting was a favorite hobby, and he enjoyed fishing as well. His faith, family, and friends were most important to him. He loved Jesus and wanted his life to have an impact for the Lord. Being with his family brought great joy, and he was so proud of his sons and their families.
By his example, he showed his family and friends how to be strong and courageous while fighting cancer. He relied on the Lord and frequently said, "God is good, all the time."
Among survivors are two sons, Jason (Becki) Schwartz of Berne and Lendon (Tiffany) Schwartz of Yorktown; two sisters, Jocelyn (James) Blum of Fort Wayne and Amy (Ken) Troutman of Syracuse; sister-in-law, Roxanne Leichty of Carrollton, Va.; five grandchildren, Lara, Ella, and Julianne Schwartz of Berne, and Malia and Kiptyn Schwartz of Yorktown.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, May 10, and 9-10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at First Mennonite Fellowship Hall.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Mennonite Church, with Pastor Jerry A. Flueckiger and Pastor Jeff Linthicum officiating.
Burial will follow in MRE Cemetery, Berne.
Preferred memorials are to First Mennonite Church, Family Life Care Hospice, and/or National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.
Arrangement were by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.yagerkirchhofer.com.