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Dr. Leonard J. Schwade

March 2nd, 2001

Longtime Milwaukee physician Leonard Jerome Schwade died Feb. 10 of heart disease. He was 89.

He was born in Odessa, Russia, and grew up in Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and his medical degree from the University of Illinois. He settled in Milwaukee in 1949 when he came to do an internship at Milwaukee County Hospital, where he had previously been a resident in general surgery. He also did a proctology residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

He was a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1942-45 with the 128th Evacuation Hospital, serving in eight invasions, including Omaha Beach at Normandy.

He belonged to Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun and the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, American College of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American College of Gastroenterology. He enjoyed football, music and playing the violin.

He is survived by his wife Esther Schwade (nee Liebman) of Glendale; daughters Fran (Dr. Ronald) Meyers of Mequon and Sandy (Jay) Schmidt of Bayside; son James (Karyn) Schwade of Coral Gables, Fla; brothers Lawrence Schwade of Milwaukee and Raymond (Ruth) Schwade of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted by Rabbi Marc Berkson on Feb. 12. Burial was in Second Home Cemetery.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun’s building fund or the Milwaukee Jewish Day School.