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Paul Robert Schwaegerle

October 19, 1928 ~ January 29, 2021 (age 92)


Paul’s Obituary for the Chronicle 

Paul Robert Schwaegerle of Oberlin passed away January 29, 2021, at Allen  Hospital at 92 years of age. Paul , the youngest of 3 children, was born October  19, 1928, in Cincinnati to Ruth and George Schwaegerle. He is survived by his  loving and beloved wife Catherine (Cutshall) to whom he was married for nearly  69 wonderful years. He is also survived by his 3 sons and their families – Thomas  (Marido) of Plantation, FL; Daniel (Sonya) of Rye, NH; James (April) of Leland, MI;  and 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are Paul’s two  siblings: Edward Schwaegerle (age 100) living at Kendal in Oberlin and Jean Geist  (age 96) at Mason Christian Village in Cincinnati. 

In 1951 Paul graduated from the University of Cincinnati and began his career as a  chemical engineer at Avon Lake Development Center of the B.F.Goodrich  Company in forward integration. He spent 40 years with BFG retiring in 1991.  Two of those years were spent at the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, MD,  where he and Cate made several lifelong friendships. Paul also spent 10 years in  Gloucester, MA, as plant manager of BFG production of vinyl and urethane, film  and sheet products. Their family lived in Wenham, MA where Cate and Paul  formed several additional deep friendships both through the Beverly Second Congregational Church as well as neighbors.  

Paul’s interest in photography began while in the army, and he continued his  interest throughout his career, attending numerous courses and workshops.  Upon retirement, he and Cate traveled extensively – enjoying over 50 trips with  Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel), and many other tour groups both  domestically and overseas. Choosing the best photos from their travels, he  exhibited at Kendal, FAVA and elsewhere along with giving slide travel shows for  family, the Metro Parks System, retirement communities and several other organizations. He loved using his creativity to design scrapbooks and personal  greeting cards for family and friends. Paul transitioned from a darkroom and  smelly chemicals to a computer where he could manipulate photographs digitally.  His final exhibit of Amish farm life culminated in publication of a book in 2017. 

Paul and Cate met through their youth group at Norwood Christian Church in  Cincinnati, and were active members of their church communities wherever they  resided. Paul was very active in the First Church in Oberlin and led several  campaigns for improvements where he was known to turn his wry humor to  inspire parishioners to support the church.

The family is hoping to have a memorial service at Kendal in late spring or early  summer, details to be announced when plans can be made. Cremation was  handled by Cowling & Sons. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Paul’s memory be made to  the First Church in Oberlin, 106 N. Main Street or to Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal  Drive, Oberlin, OH 44074

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