- April 24, 2016
- Denver, Colorado
of Gregg's Passing
- In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Colome American Legion Thayer Waters Post 146
Colome American Legion
Po Box 363
Colome, SD 57528
- In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Spinal Muscular Atrophy
925 Busse Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
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“Gregg was a wonderful guy. His faith, courage and humor was stronger than any I have known. It was a joy to know him. We will miss him. His...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Linn & George Redding - Denver, CO
“Gregg was a genuine friend, we shared military stories in Colome before his accident. It was a memory I will always remember! Ironically we were...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Ernie Elliott - IGH, MN - Friend
“Our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers go to you and his family at this time. He was a great man.
3 of 19 | Posted by: Jim Wagner - Waco, TX - Friend
“Gregg was a kind, humorous and generous man! I knew him when he lived in Sioux Falls. My fondest memory was going to the Moody Blues concert with...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Vicki Kerkvliet - Sioux Falls, SD
“When I was young my mom, Sue Boe, helped take care of Gregg. I would often go with her in the mornings and get to spend time admiring Gregg's vast...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Jordon Boe - Sioux Falls, SD
“Many memories of his big smile and the pranks he use to pull on us and his friends at the Sioux Falls VA. May you Rest in Peace
6 of 19 | Posted by: Kristi Jaragoske - Sioux Falls, SD
“I have known Gregg for most of the years that he volunteered here at the VA. We would talk about many things, especially Colome. This place could...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Barb Thaler - Sioux Falls VAMC, SD
“I also worked alongside Gregg at the Sioux Falls VAMC and, like so many of us, he was a bright spot in my day. I remember his dedication to his...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Teresa Wood - Sioux Falls, SD
“Greg was in 7th grade when I came back to Gable School as an 8th grader. Gene, Dave, Greg, and I had so much fun and got into lots of trouble as the...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: MARIANNE THOMPSON - Colome, SD
“My memories of Gregg go back many years to when we would ride the school bus together and I also knew him when he volunteered at the Sioux Falls VA. ...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Janine Beck - Sioux Falls, SD
“When I started working at the Sioux Falls VA in 1999 Gregg had already been here volunteering for a while. I worked in Medical Records and he would...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Melanie Zuraff - Sioux Falls, SD
“Remembering all the fun times I had with Gregg as we would always tease each other. He was always a bright spot in my working days at the SFVA when...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Sheila Gunderson
“Gregg was a sunshine in this world and i thank god for allowing me to know this divine human being and wonderous that leaves a great learning life....Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Bety Calleja - Mexico - Family
“There are people who came to our lifes to change them, Gregg was one of those angels and am very glad i had the opportunity to have shared very...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Daniel Olivares - Mexico - Family
“Sorry to hear of Greg's passing. We had many good times together working at the Sioux Falls VA and bowling on the PVA League. Thoughts and prayers...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Duane Biesboer - Sioux Falls, SD
“Thank You for sharing Greg with the Sioux Falls VA for so many years. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Kim Soyer - Sioux Falls, SD
“Gregg was one of the first people to welcome me to the VA when I started here 25 years ago. I have many memories of how he made the employees and...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Robyn Tyler
“I work at the VA in Sioux Falls and had many conversations with Gregg when he volunteered here. May he rest in peace!
18 of 19 | Posted by: Kristi Staton
“I knew Gregg for many years; all during the time he spent volunteering at the VA here in Sioux Falls. He always had a sense of humor and a strong...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Diane Larsen - Sioux Falls, SD
Gregg Michael Schwartz, age 60 of Denver, CO passed away suddenly on April 24, 2016 at his home in Denver, CO. Gregg was born to the late Richard Lee Schwartz and the late Ruth Marlene Harter Schwartz.
Gregg's childhood was a busy one spent with his dog Brownie. Greg and life long friend, Dave Cahoy went hunting and fishing every chance they would get. He had an old pickup that was referred to as Mergatroid and he put a lot of miles on it as a teenager. He played ball on the Colome baseball team. He attended eight years of grade school in a country school northeast of their farm. Gregg graduated from Colome High School in 1974. After high school he went to Gillette, WY and pursued work for a short time and then enlisted in the United States Navy. While stationed at Moffet Field in California, Gregg was involved in an auto accident that left him a paraplegic for life. He spent time in the Minneapolis VA Center prior to his mother taking care of him on the family farm. He moved to Sioux Falls, SD where he worked as a volunteer at the Sioux Falls VA Hospital. Gregg moved to Denver, CO March 30, 2001 where he met Marilina on August 22, 2001. They were married October 13, 2005 and purchased a home in Denver, CO where they resided for the last five years. Gregg enjoyed the backyard filled with beautiful flowers tended by Marilina. During those five years Gregg was in the hospital only two days.
Gregg won the National Volunteer of the year award multiple years. Gregg enjoyed attending concerts, collecting baseball memorabilia and clocks, watching movies, and playing pitch. He also enjoyed watching his favorite football team the Kansas City Chiefs. Joe Montana was Gregg's favorite football player.
Gregg is survived by his wife Marilina, his cat Lucille, his sister Kathy, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was proceeded in death by his parents Rich and Ruth Schwartz, grandparents George and Ruth Schwartz, and grandparents Jim and Mildred Harter.
Gregg's family would like to thank Marilina for her loving care and unending dedication to Gregg. Even though Gregg faced many trials he awoke each morning by thanking God for another day.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Colome American Legion or Spinal Muscular Atrophy - on-line http://www.curesma.org/ or donate by check to Cure SMA, 925 Busse Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007.
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Funeral services for Gregg Schwartz, of Denver, CO, were held Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Colome, SD, with Father Andrzej Wyrostek as Celebrant. A rosary service was held Friday evening at the church with Father Wyrostek officiating and music provided by Randy Donovan, guitar.
Music was provided by Cindy Sealey, pianist.
Cantors were Collene Cahoy and Alexa McKenzie.
Lector was Jody Burger.
Altar Servers were Aspen McKenzie and Allen McKenzie.
Gift Bearers were George and Linn Redding.
Candy Cahoy and Sylvania Earll were in charge of registration.
Pallbearers were Dave Cahoy, Rob Cahoy, Donna Harter, Reybo Olivares, Jeff Holzer, and Rod Petersek.
Burial was in the Colome City Cemetery, Colome, SD, with military honors given by Thayer Waters Post 146 Colome American Legion and the Naval Reservists.