William A. Schoelwer

William A. Schoelwer

WHITE STONE—William A. Schoelwer of White Stone, formerly of Pennington N.J., died of natural causes on Friday, June 1.

Bill was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the oldest son of William Brazell Schoelwer and Grace Mathews Schoelwer. He was the brother of James Brazell Schoelwer and Marion Schoelwer Stites, both of whom preceded him in death.

A devoted family man, he is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jennylou Hamilton Schoelwer; and two sons, William Francis (Susan) and Michael Hamilton (Lucia), six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Another son, Robert James, preceded him in death.

He was active in St Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Kilmarnock.

Bill attended schools in Cincinnati and, in 1951, graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s in civil engineering.

Bill enjoyed a distinguished 44-year career working in various management positions for railroads in the eastern U.S., originally with the New York Central and then its successor companies, the Penn Central and Conrail. He traveled extensively in Western Europe, often in support of his wife’s interest in antique dolls.

After his retirement in 1994, he moved to Pennington, NJ, where he was a lector at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Princeton, N.J., a mentor with SCORE, a Rotarian, a member of the Hopewell Township Zoning Board and a poll watcher for many local and national elections. He was an avid supporter of the University of Notre Dame, having seen two sons, a daughter-in-law, a grandson and a granddaughter-in-law all graduate from the University.

A memorial service will be held at 11a.m. June 16 at Currie Funeral Home in Kilmarnock. Bill will be interred in Lebanon, Ohio, on July 5, beside the final resting place of his youngest son, Robert.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to St Francis de Sales parish, Kilmarnock.