Whether bringing communion to nursing home residents, taking care of sick family and friends, or volunteering countless hours in the community, Josephine "Jo" Schweitzer was always helping others.
“One of her favorite sayings was ‘if you have love, kindness and help others and have faith it will be returned 100-fold,’” Richard Schweitzer, her husband of 57 years, said.
Daughter Janine Fitzgerald recalls her mom being on the go 24/7, often bringing sick family members and friends meals.
For Schweitzer, 78, of Lowell and Crown Point, family was her greatest joy and top priority.
“We couldn’t have had a better mother,” Fitzgerald said.
Schweitzer enjoyed family gatherings, travel, reading and playing bridge and pinochle.
The Schweitzers met through Richard’s sister Mary who was friends with his future wife at Bishop Noll. They enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean islands, Europe, Alaska and Hawaii.
Daughter-in-law Jeri Schweitzer said on Schweitzer’s birthday last year family members took her to Chicago for high tea, an architectural boat cruise, shopping, a rickshaw ride and to dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab. Another family trip was to the Mall of America.
“She wanted all of us to get together every six months or at least once a year,” Jeri Schweitzer said.
A charter member of the Crown Point Community Foundation and the Bishops Guild with the Diocese of Gary, Schweitzer also belonged to Youche Country Club.
Her father C. W. Huber and brother Ralph Huber and Schweitzer volunteered a combined 100 years of accounting service for St. Mary’s Cemetery in Crown Point. She was also a member of the funeral choir.
The Schweitzers, who owned three Crown Point service stations in 1961, established Superior Petroleum Products, Superior Fuels and Smart Stop Stores.
A longtime St. Mary Catholic Church parishioner, Schweitzer served on the financial committee and was a Eucharist minister there and at Franciscan St. Anthony Health Hospital in Crown Point.