Frederic H. Schadewald
Frederic Henry “Fritz” Schadewald, 84, Amherst Junction, and
Green Valley, Ariz., formerly of Richland, Mich., died at Banner University
Hospital in Tucson, Ariz., on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2017, after a short
A graveside service will be held at North New Hope Lutheran
Cemetery in the town of New Hope this summer, followed by a gathering of family
and friends at Sunset Lake.
Contribution in his name may be made to the North New Hope
ELCA Scholarship Fund.
Mr. Schadewald was born March 10, 1932, during the Great
Depression in Stevens Point, a son of the late Henry and Julia (Wyss) Schadewald.
He and his siblings were raised by a single mother after his father died in
1947. He rose to the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts and spent several
summers as a counselor at the Sunset Lake camp that now is the site of the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) Environmental Station.
He persuaded his parents to buy a lot on the lake, and the
rustic cottage they built remained a family retreat for many years.
After earning a bachelor’s degree and an award in mathematics
from UWSP, where he was also a four-year varsity basketball player, he enrolled
in the College of Engineering at UW-Madison. He completed his degree in mechanical
engineering in 1959.
He was married to Lois Knaak of Oshkosh in June 1957.
He worked for The Upjohn Company in Portage, Mich.,
designing pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment and processes.
After retiring, he and his wife moved back to Wisconsin,
building a new home on Sunset Lake. Since 1999, they have wintered at their
home in Green Valley, Ariz.
Survivors include his wife, Lois; three children, Stacy
Schadewald, Richland, Mich., Karl (Mary Pikal) Schadewald, Indianapolis, Ind.,
and Susan (Bradley Jackson) Schadewald, Stoughton; one sister, Mary Kline,
Luxemburg; and six grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Paul