Shirley A. Schwartz


Shirley A. Schwartz, 77, died on Jan. 14, 2019, in hospice care in San Antonio, Texas. Shirley was born on Feb. 3, 1941, in Elberfeld, Ind., to Bert Poiles and Ruth Gentry Poiles, the youngest of six children, Jacqueline, Charles, Sharon, Pat and Jerry.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her brother; Charles Poiles; and sisters, Jacqueline Hust and Sharon Morris. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, John; children, Jeff Schwartz, Terre Haute, Ind., Tiffany Schwartz-Rano (Paul), San Antonio, Texas, and Todd Schwartz (Mary), New Orleans, La.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Shirley came from a musically gifted family. She had a beautiful voice and could play many instruments. Shirley graduated Reitz High School in Evansville, Ind., in 1959. During her younger years, Shirley was a soloist with the Evansville All City Band, sang with big bands and played viola in the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Later in life, Shirley could be found playing piano and organ during many church services, or singing for special occasions and regularly in the church choir.
Shirley fought Parkinson's disease for 25 years with great strength and determination. Her life serves as a testament of what a beautiful and loving spirit can do even when the body fails. She loved her family and traveled all over to visit them until Parkinson's finally kept her home.
Shirley will be buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 29, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Community Connection, 255 E. Fifth St., Suite 1200, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
We give thanks that today Shirley is singing songs of praise to her Lord, alongside family members who have gone ahead of her.
Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 N. Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas, 210-495-8221. You are invited to sign the guestbook at:
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