Liale was born April 2, 1930, in Argos, to Maryanna Charlotte and George LeRoy Wolford. She grew up in Tiosa, and graduated from Richland Center High School in 1948. She married her high school sweetheart, George Maurice Schwenk, on Aug. 20, 1949, and they lived on the Schwenk family farm all their lives. He preceded her in death.
Liale and George were the parents of four children: George (Evelyn) of Plymouth; Debra (Jim) Chase of Milford, Mich.; and Rochester; Tom (Charlotte), Rochester; and Lori (Tim) Price, Mishawaka. Liale was a loving wife and mother who wanted the best for her family. She was a beloved aunt to her nieces and nephews, too. And she was a good friend to many–she would visit friends when they were sick, taking them to appointments or just spending time with them. Liale worked hard on the family farm. She loved to garden; planting her favorites–green beans, tomatoes and zucchini. She also enjoyed the annual family tradition of freezing sweet corn in the late summer, which has now become a party that includes all four generations. She would pack away hundreds of quart bags of corn, and still today there probably is a bag in the freezer that she processed. Liale and George’s favorite pastime was fishing. She also enjoyed playing euchre and canasta with friends.
She is survived by her children; eight grandchildren: Kellee (Richard) Skaggs, George C. (Kathleen) Schwenk, Eric (Lindahl) Chase, Brock (Tasha) Schwenk, Abigail Schwenk, Scott Chase, Sarah Price and Michael Price; eight great-grandchildren; her brother: Roy Wolford, Rochester; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with rosary prayers offered at 5:30 p.m. A second visitation will be held from 9 p.m. to 9:40 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the funeral home. A celebration of mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1310 Main St., Rochester. Burial will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the George M. and Liale W. Schwenk Memorial Scholarship Fund, thru the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester. The world has lost a kind, generous, selfless, and loving wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt, and friend. We’ll miss you, our dear Liale.