Elsie M. Schwede

Elsie M. Schwede

June 11, 1916 ‐ September 20, 2020
Elsie M. Schwede
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Resided In: Olmsted Township, Ohio Visitation: September 24, 2020 Service: September 25, 2020 Cemetery: Holy Cross Cemetery

Elsie Margaret Schwede (Hatala), beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 20, 2020.  With the support of her family and Holy Family Hospice, she was able to remain in her own home. Elsie is preceded by her husband Harold Schwede, brother Emil Hatala, and sister Margaret Panik. She is survived by her daughters Marilyn Taggart (Terence, deceased) of Lakewood, Ohio, and Diane Jedlicka (Ron) of Pataskala, Ohio; grandchildren Erin Taggart, Shannon Taggart, Peter Jedlicka, Dana Jedlicka (Michael), and Michael Jedlicka (Faith); as well as three great grandchildren, and six nieces and nephews.

The daughter of Slovakian immigrants, Elsie had a radiant smile and lived a rich life filled with love for God and family.

Elsie loved her job in the Children’s Shoe Department of Halle Bros.Co.in Cleveland, Ohio where she worked for 25 years until her retirement. She is listed in a book on the history of Halle Bros., Halle’s: Memoirs of a Family Department Store 1891-1982, by James Wood.

Elsie was a world traveler, with pilgrimages to Italy, Israel, and Medjugorje being the most special to her. She also travelled extensively across Canada and the USA, visiting most of the 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Elsie was a devout Catholic with a special devotion to the Virgin Mary. She had a love for evangelization, sharing her faith openly with others, encouraging them to “pray, pray, pray!” For years she sent literature and other religious items to the missions. She would often enlist family and friends to help make rosaries to send. She prayed the rosary daily and encouraged everyone she met to do the same. Her strong faith was an example to everyone who had the privilege to know her. She also lived her faith by helping to sponsor a priest from India, and even had the opportunity to visit him in Rome.

Elsie had many interests. She was always working in her beautiful garden, with roses being her favorite flower.  She loved going to flea markets and having yard sales, which gave her another opportunity to use her sales skills. Elsie took professional ballroom dance lessons, where she met her future husband. They discovered they both had a passion for polka dancing and were excellent dancers.  She was also noted for her artistic talent. Her oil paintings are still treasured by anyone fortunate enough to have received one as a gift.

Elsie’s motto was “live in the present and be full of life.” She would not dwell in the past, preferring to “keep going,” with love and God guiding her along the way. A remarkable soul, Elsie’s strong heart shone a brilliant light on all those it touched.

Friends and family may call at Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Rd., Westlake, Ohio (440-871-0711) on Thursday, September 24, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral mass will take place on Friday, September 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Falls Church, 25615 Bagley Rd., Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Internment is at Holy Cross Cemetery. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. In lieu of flowers, friends may send a donation in Elsie’s memory to Holy Family Hospice, 6707 State Rd., Parma, Ohio 44134.


Guest Comments

Tricia Pfaff
Chagrin Falls OH

Beautiful obituary. It reminded me of some of her travels, and I learned more about Elsie than I was ever aware, even though I met her almost 50 years ago. If I had knowledge she excelled in the polka, I may have taken her up on a dance. She certainly lived by her motto.

My mother and she were proud co-grandmothers to Erin and Shannon. May they both Rest In Peace.

Sherry Bockus
Grove City, OH

Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person! It was a privilege to know her! The love that Elsie poured out to all who knew her was so beautiful. Her faith in God, devotion to Mary, and enthusiasm for life as well as adventurous spirit is a great example of how to live fully and joyously! When I think of her, I see nothing but joy - and now she is joyfully dancing with the Lord in heaven, I am sure!

Rose Bercan
Olmsted Township

Rose would like to wish her condolences to Elsie's family. They have been friends at Columbia Park for over 20 years. Always sat together on the swing and went for walks. May God Bless your family.