Mabel Ethel Hogan Schweers, 96, passed away on November 19, 2014 at Mercy Hospice. Funeral services will be held at St Patrick’s Catholic Church , Corning Iowa on November 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation in Corning will be from 9:30 a.m. for an hour before the funeral service. Burial will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Corning IA. Pearson Family Funeral Service of Corning is in charge of the arrangements. On line condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Mabel was born March 30, 1918 in Corning to Thomas Francis Hogan and Ethel Eva (Edwards) Hogan. She graduated from Corning High School in 1935 and Iowa State University in 1939.
She married Arthur Schweers on June 25, 1941 and they farmed near Lenox Iowa in SE Adams County for 40 years. They lived in Corning and Griswold after leaving the farm.
Mabel moved to Des Moines in 2001.
Mabel’s first teaching job was in Arcadia IA (teaching Home Economics and Junior High) that is where she met Art. Later she taught in Bedford (teaching Junior High English and French) and Prescott (teaching Home Economics), a nutritionist for WIC, and opened the Mend and Alter Shop in 1992.
Mabel and Art were honored to bring a gift of a basket of corn as an offering at the Mass that Pope John Paul celebrated at Living History Farms. They made sure that there were enough ears of corn in the basket that not only they had a blessed ear of corn, but each of their children also received one.
Mabel and Art were dedicated volunteers at the Wakonda Prayer House near Griswold for five years. She was a dedicated volunteer for the Adams County Icarian Society, French Icarian Colony Foundation and the National Icarian Colony Association (President) and Optimist Club. She enjoyed family, religious life, dancing, playing the piano, games, and researching the history and ancestry of the French Icarian Colony. After moving to Des Moines in 2001, she enjoyed her Morning Mass Group, CRPH, and Bible Study groups at Holy Trinity.
Mabel is survived by ten children. Teresa Parmenter, Des Moines IA, David (Monna) Schweers, Scottsdale AZ, Rita (Jim) Hughes, Council Bluffs IA, Anne (Tom) Pogge, Omaha NE, Catherine (Bill) Riley, Lenox IA, Thomas (Joleen) Schweers, Omaha NE, Edward Schweers, Arvada CO, Cecelia (Steve) Tonn, Blair NE, Francis (Cindy Sorlien) Schweers, Albion NE, Agnes (Ben) Casey, Des Moines IA, Daughter-in-law Marcia (Paul) Maynes, Lenox IA. She is survived by 40 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren. She is survived by sister-in-laws Esther Hogan, Alice (Earl) Boes, Charlotte Schweers, Adrienne Schweers and brother-in-law Robert (Velma) Schweers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Art, her son Herman, her parents, her brothers Rev. Francis Hogan S.J., Donald Hogan and sisters Edna (Ernest) Hogan DuBois and Mary Jane (Don) Hogan Jackson and son-in-law Neil Parmenter, also sister-in-laws Viola (Ed) Lampman, Marcella (Buddy) Berger, brother-in-laws Clarence (Babe) Schweers, Leo (Mary Frances) Schweers, Joe (Ethel) Schweers, Vincent (Helen) Schweers, and Albin Schweers.
Visitation in Des Moines will be on November 24, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the French Icarian Colony Foundation, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Mercy Hospice or St Patrick, Corning IA.