Charlotte J. Schwenk, 90, Leavenworth, passed away Aug. 30, 2018, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehabilitation.
Charlotte J. Schwenk, 90, Leavenworth, passed away Aug. 30, 2018, at Twin Oaks Health and Rehabilitation. She was born Sept. 29, 1927, in Lansing, Kansas, to Walter and Elizabeth (Swiderski) Eisenring.
She attended Richardson Grade School and Lansing High school, stopping before she graduated to help out with the family income.
Charlotte went to work for Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator in her late teens. She also worked for Bakers Baby Shop and JC Penney as a sales associate.
On Nov. 3, 1951 Charlotte married Walter J. Schwenk at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lansing, Kansas. He preceded her in death Jan. 6, 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents; eight brothers and sisters; and a son.
Charlotte enjoyed dancing to swing music and went to many dances in which her husband played in the The Gentlemen of Note. After getting married she quit working to become a full-time wife and mother. While her daughter was at Saint Joseph Grade School, Charlotte became a Red Cross nurse. She enjoyed working with all the children. For over 50 years and until her death she was an Avon Representative. She had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people doing this. When her grandson was born she became a full-time babysitter, spoiling him any way she could.
In 1990, Charlotte began working at The Towne Pub (owned by her daughter and son-in-law) as kitchen help during the day and behind the bar at night. At the Pub she was known as grandma to many children, often holding them while their parents ate.
Charlotte is survived by her daughter, Sharon A. (Bill) Kirby; a grandson, Jonathan P. (Elizabeth) Kirby; a great grandson, Oliver W. Kirby; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Upon the birth of her great grandson she often told people that was her reason for living.
The family would like to thank Dr. Samuel Dandar and all of the nurses and staff at Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital and Twin Oaks Health and Rehabilitation.
Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Joseph Church with Rev. David McEvoy, O.Carm. as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The family asks that any memorial donations be made to the Saint Joseph Catholic Church stained glass window fund or Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church.