Jeanne Schwarz passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 27, 2014 at the age of 90 at the Carolina House in Chapel Hill, NC. Born on May 6, 1923 in Montreal, Canada to David and Rebecca Spear, Yiddish was her first language. As a young girl she moved with her family to Newark, NJ. In 1943 she married Richard Schwarz and after having three children, the family moved to Livingston, NJ in 1956, where she lived most of her adult life. Prior to moving to the Carolina House in Chapel Hill, NC, in late 2013, she and her husband Richard lived for three years at the Woodlands Retirements Community in Fairfax, VA.
An early entrepreneur, she co-founded the Penguin necktie company and later worked as an administrator for Market Measures in West Orange, NJ, where she was a valued employee. She was an active lifetime member of Hadassah and sang in the Temple Beth Shalom choir, in Livingston, NJ.
She had a wonderful sense of humor, found joy in music and singing, nurtured friendships that spanned her lifetime, and had a loving heart. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Richard L. Schwarz, her children Dale Schwarz (Guillermo Cuellar), Cynthia Lowenthal (Mark Lowenthal) and Roger Schwarz (Kathleen Rounds) and her grandchildren, Sarah, Adam, Noah, and Hannah; and by her sister Anne Pokras (Jerry Pokras). She is pre-deceased by her brother Jack Spear (Phyllis Spear).
Contributions can be made in her memory to the Livingston, NJ Chapter of Hadassah.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Schwarz family. Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com