Gary A. 'Club' Schwent


CHESTER — Gary A. “Club” Schwent, 70, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born to the late Welton T. and Frances “Billie” (nee Link) Schwent on June 2, 1948, in Red Bud.

Gary married Carolyn S. Brelje on July 20, 1974, in Chester.

He attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Chester and graduated from Chester High School in 1966. He participated in CHS basketball, baseball, and cross country.

He attended Belleville Area College and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1970 with a bachelor of science degree. He played baseball for two years at Southeast Missouri State University.

Gary began his teaching career at St. Mary's Catholic School. Then he taught Jr. High Language Arts at Chester Grade School and retired in 2003 after a 33-year teaching career. During his teaching career he coached basketball and baseball for many years at Chester Grade School. He also refereed basketball for many years and managed Chester Swimming Pool for 30 years.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chester, Chester High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Knights of Columbus 3790, Chester Boat Club, Eagles Club Aerie 3252, Moose Lodge 1764 and Elks Lodge 2701.

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Gary enjoyed attending and watching Cardinal games, boating, barbecuing, gardening, and spending time with his buddies.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Schwent of Chester; sister, Jean (Clifford “Butch”) Jungewaelter of Chester; brother, Ronald “Cooter” (Margie) Schwent of Jackson, Missouri; niece, Allison Jean Schwent of Columbia, Missouri; and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Michael J. “Isaac” Jungewaelter; and stepmother, Myrtle Schwent.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, in Pechacek Funeral Home, Chester, with the Very Rev. Eugene H. Wojcik, V.F. officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Chester. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic School, Chester Boat Club, Chester Grade School Basketball/Baseball Programs or the donor's choice.

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