Laura Beatrice (Leonard) Schwab passed away in Colville on Sept. 9, 2012 at the age of 90. She was born the daughter of Glenn E. and Maude E. (Fish) Leonard, in Bayard, Nebraska on Feb. 28, 1922.
She attended and graduated from high school in Nebraska at the age of 17. Laura then attended college at Central Washington University, graduating in 1950 with a teaching degree. She married Steve Schwab on Oct. 9, 1943 in Omaha, NE, then moved to Sunnyside, where she taught at the Outlook School for 33 years until her retirement in 1980. Laura and her husband lived on a farm on Albro Road in Sunnyside from 1944-1988.
She moved to Colville in 1992 and was an active member of the Fort Colville Grange and United Methodist Church. After retirement, she was also a member of the Holiday Ramblers, a 4-H leader, a member of the Rebecca’s and served through all offices, including Noble Grand.
Laura loved flowers, and in her spare time she enjoyed reading, and traveling. She not only traveled throughout the United States, but also abroad including Russia and South America.
Laura was preceded in death by her husband, Steve, in July 1987.
She is survived by her daughters, Stephanie Lewis and her husband Greg, Spokane; Laura Diane Grunzinger and husband Ray, Scandia, MN; son, John L. Schwab, Lynnwood; grandchildren, Jeff Lewis and wife Ellen, Garrick Lewis and wife Pam, Raymond Edward Grunzinger III and wife, Laura; Steven James Grunzinger and wife Luna; Laura Rose (Grunzinger) Burress and husband Brad; great-grandchildren, Walter Lewis, Viktor Lewis, Maude Lewis, Eamon Grunzinger, Tighle Grunzinger, Ryoma Grunzinger, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Laura will be on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville. Funeral service for Laura will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Colville Community Church, with a burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery in Ione.
If one so wishes, memorial contributions may be made in Laura’s name to the Colville Community Church Memorial Fund.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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