Laurice Schwartzman, age 82, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill. Laurice was born on July 6, 1934 to Arthur and Laura (Whitson) Severt. She attended the Merrill School system and graduated in 1952. On August 29, 1953 she married Thomas Schwartzman at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, a union lasting over 63 years. She and Tom were blessed with three children, Bruce, Kim and Laurel.
Laurice was an immaculate housekeeper and a fine cook – she and Tom hosted innumerable family get-togethers where no one ever walked away hungry. The Schwartzman household was a frequent destination for out of town guests. Music, card playing and good food were always on the agenda. Laurice was an accomplished organist and loved waltzes and polkas as well as hymns. Sing-alongs were almost required. She was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Laurice took great pride in her children and showered them with unconditional love and understanding, even in the most difficult situations. She was a great listener and showed much patience and understanding. Tom and Laurice loved an occasional trip to the casinos which she enjoyed and was known to be quite lucky at times.
Survivors include her husband: Thomas Gene Schwartzman, Merrill; son; Bruce (Michelle) Schwartzman; daughter: Laurel (Kelly) Streich; daughter-in-law: Barb Schwartzman, all of Merrill; five grandchildren: Michelle Schwartzman, Ryan (Steph) Schwartzman, Erin (Chris) Swan, Christopher (Karen) Streich and Michelle (Andy) Geiss; seven great-grandchildren: Mitchel, Cooper Bradley, Renlee Eden, Wyatt Arthur, Matthew, Josilynn, Madilynn, Lucas and Michael; one brother: Terry Severt; and one sister-in-law: Betty Severt. Laurice was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Laura Severt, son, Kim Schwartzman, four brothers, Marlin (Darlene) Severt, Gordon Severt, Leroy (Birdie) Severt and Gene Severt, and a sister-in-law, Donald(Marlene) Woellner.
Funeral services for Laurice will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Missy Holdorf will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Monday, October 3, 2016 and again from 10 AM until the time of service on Tuesday, all at the funeral home. Entombment will follow the service in Restlawn Memorial Park. The Schwartzman family wishes to thank all of the fine staff at Pine Crest for all the care they provided for Laurice, they treated her as if she was family, and they went above and beyond the call of duty for her. Waid Funeral Home of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.