MARQUETTE, Mich. - Ardell J. Schwemin, age 81, of 215 Mesnard Street, Marquette, entered eternal life Saturday morning, October 20, 2012, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming.
Ardell was born July 2, 1931 in Pontiac, a son of Edward and Laura (Ayotte) Schwemin and was raised in Pontiac until age 2 when the family moved to Marquette. He grew up in Marquette and attended the Bishop Baraga and Graveraet schools. In his younger years, he played fastpitch, a sport that remained an important pastime for the rest of his life. Ardell served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict, serving aboard the USS Rainier. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Marquette where he apprenticed as a plumber and pipefitter with Local 414. In the 1970s, Ardell was employed with his brother, E. Richard Schwemin, in the operation of E and S Plumbing and Heating. He later returned to working out of Local 414, retiring in 1996. In addition to his love of fastpitch, Ardell enjoyed spending most of his summers at camp, and deer hunting in the fall.
Survivors include, his son, Michael (Cindy) Schwemin of Skandia; grandchildren, Jamie Schwemin and Christopher (Amy) Schwemin; great-grandchildren, Kendra and Joclyn; his former wife and mother of his son, Eileen Urbaniak of Skandia; a sister, Anna (Bob) Fletcher of Marquette; and brothers, E. Richard Schwemin and Dennis (Roseann) Keller both of Marquette; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ardell was preceded in death by a brother, Everett "Pete" and wife, Marion, Schwemin; and sister-in-law, Joanne Schwemin.
Ardell J. Schwemin
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Thursday, October 25 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m. Thursday evening with the Rev. Ben Paris officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter) P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderfuneralhome.com