Marguerite J. (Humes) Schwedler, nee Laus, age 76, a resident of Eastpointe, passed away June 24, 2012. She was extremely active in her community including being on the East Detroit School Board for 14 years, performing in community theater, organizing etiquette tea parties, and many activities within the St. Barnabas Church community. Marguerite was survived by her husband Bill Schwedler; children Linda (Max) Humes-Will, Brian Humes, Catherine Kowalski, and Christopher Humes; grandchildren Aubrey, Alina, Gregory, Megan, Joseph, and Rowen; step-children Drew Schwedler and Pamela Schwedler and a step-grandchild Benjamin; and siblings...
Marguerite J. (Humes) Schwedler, nee Laus, age 76, a resident of Eastpointe, passed away June 24, 2012. She was extremely active in her community including being on the East Detroit School Board for 14 years, performing in community theater, organizing etiquette tea parties, and many activities within the St. Barnabas Church community. Marguerite was survived by her husband Bill Schwedler; children Linda (Max) Humes-Will, Brian Humes, Catherine Kowalski, and Christopher Humes; grandchildren Aubrey, Alina, Gregory, Megan, Joseph, and Rowen; step-children Drew Schwedler and Pamela Schwedler and a step-grandchild Benjamin; and siblings Johanna Hult, Amy Laus, and Joseph Laus. She was predeceased by her sister Elizabeth Sandy. Visitation Tuesday, June 26, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 27, 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. (with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday) at Kaul Funeral Home, 27830 Gratiot Ave., Roseville. Visitation will continue at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Eastpointe, Thursday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. Please share a memory with the family at www.kaulfuneralhome.com.
Anyone who met Meg can testify to her energy and enthusiasm for life. Over the years, Meg extended her network of friends, colleagues, and extended community "family" from being involved in a wide variety of activities. She was involved with the City of Warren Beautification Commission, PTA at Roosevelt Elementary School, and then was elected to the East Detroit School Board where she served in various capacities for 14 years, including school board president her final two years. Meg ran for the offices of Warren City Treasurer and East Detroit City Council. Although she did not win, she remained engaged in the political spectrum and was campaign manager for others who ran for political offices or school board.
In addition to her interest with many facets of political matters, Meg cultivated her interest in community theater, volunteering with the East Detroit Civic Theater working with props and sets. While working on the production of "Bus Stop" she met an actor named Bill and a courtship was sparked. She and Bill married and shared 27 years of common interests and causes. Her passion for theater continued, working with Stagecrafters Theater in Royal Oak, Grosse Pointe Theater, and then branching off with a group of independent actors to perform in dinner theaters across the metro Detroit area. The "Death Row Players" performed murder mysteries in a number of venues around Michigan and later led to Meg and Bill becoming involved with another dinner theater group, "Murder Mystery Players." which performed in the Detroit Area "Dave and Busters" location.
In addition to being involved in theater and civic causes, Meg also managed to have a full-time career. In 1981 she entered the workforce as a Placement Director at the Radio Electronics Training School which was later named NIT, then with ITT Technical Institute and finally at Concord Career Institute. She moved on to Wayne State University Press in 1990 where she remained until she "retired" in 1999.
Meg's so-called retirement only meant that she had time to do even more, and she was busier than ever, adding training for Stevens Ministry where she and Bill served for 4 years.
Her love of theater and history joined forces when she became a member of the Detroit Historical Society. She worked hard to revitalize the fundraising capacity of the Detroit Historical Society Guild which directly served the needs of the museum. As president of the guild she spearheaded many of their fundraising activities and in 2001 she co-edited an historical cookbook - 300 Years of Detroit Cooking 1701-2001 which covered 300 years of cooking in the region and coincided with the City of Detroit's 300th anniversary. As a means of promoting both the book, and the historical society, she cooked authentic meals from recipes in the book and made lengthy historical presentations at libraries and for local organizations around the Detroit area for many years after the book was published. In later years Meg and the society guild sponsored tea parties at the museum. These events were very successful and were usually sold out long in advance. Meg also had a strong love and devotion to children. She planned and produced etiquette tea parties for children to instruct them on the rules of modern manners and also produced wilderness programs for children, teaching them how food was prepared long ago. She joined the Mt. Clemens Historical Society where she helped with various historical reenactments, including tea parties and the annual Cemetery walk. She also made various presentations at the Selensky-Green Farmhouse Museum in St. Clair Shores. She had associations with Detroit Scarab Club and was a member of the Algonquin Club, the BCD Book Club of Detroit and General Motors Employees Chorus. Strongly committed to her faith, Meg was very involved with St. Barnabas in Eastpointe, including singing in the choir.
Meg leaves behind a legion of loving family members and close friends. She also leaves an outstanding legacy of commitment to her community. She lived a life that was full to capacity.