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Howard "Howie" Schwenker

March 24, 1930 — July 26, 2022

Isle La Motte

ISLE LA MOTTE, VT - Howard Schwenker 92, formerly of Oakland, NJ, passed away peacefully at his home in Isle La Motte with his wife by his side on July 26, 2022.

Howard (Howie) was born in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ on March 24, 1930.  He was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Ruth Schwenker, and his sister, Joan Rejda.

Howie graduated from Hackensack High School (NJ) in 1947.  After high school, he worked for Manufacturers Hanover Trust.  Howie received an offer to move to Florida and learned how to layout and fabricate sheet metal.  Due to the draft for the Korean War, he had to leave Florida and return to NJ.  Howie served in the Air National Guard from 1950-1956 and it was during this time that he met his future wife, Polly Pratt.  While living in NJ, Howie worked several HVAC companies and the B.G. Pratt Company.  He moved to Isle La Motte, VT in 1983 and started his own business, Howard’s Alarm Service. He retired in 2007.

During his lifetime, Howie worked for many volunteer and civic organizations including the Master of the Isle La Motte Free Masons, Trustee of the Isle La Motte United Methodist Church, the Isle La Motte Memorial Gardens, the Isle La Motte Fire department, the Isle La Motte Historical Society, the Isle La Motte Planning Commission, C.I.D.E.R., and the Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce.  Howie was the Commissioner of the Bergen County High School Ice Hockey League while he was living in New Jersey.

Howie loved sports and was a lifelong fan of the New York Rangers and the New York Giants.

Howie is survived by his wife of 70 years, Harriot (Polly) Schwenker and sons David, Donald, and Douglas, Donald’s spouse, Terri, grandchildren, Megan, Abigail, and Jack, sister-in-law Peggy Long and 8 nephews and 2 nieces.

Visiting hours will be at the Goss Life Celebration Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton, VT 05488 on Friday, August 19, 2022 from 2:00-4:00 PM.

A memorial service will be held at the Isle La Motte Methodist Church on August 20, 2022 at 12:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Isle La Motte United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 152 Isle La Motte, VT 05463.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, August 19, 2022

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

The Goss Life Celebration Home

89 Grand Avenue, Swanton, VT 05488

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Memorial Service

Saturday, August 20, 2022

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

United Methodist Church

Isle La Motte, VT 05463

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