Regina Mary Schwarz, 85, of El Reno, died March 2020.
She was born in Okarche to John and Rose Alig Grellner. She graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Okarche in 1952.
She worked at the Okarche Hospital as a surgical nurse from 1952 to 1976.
During that time, on Nov. 16, 1955, she married Paul Joseph Schwarz and together had three children.
In 1976, she joined Paul and, working together for the next 48 years, they successfully created Schwarz Oil Company, finally retiring Dec. 31, 2018.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Barbara Weaver and husband Pat, Florence Rother and husband Robert, and Rose Pinkerton.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Gary and Patricia Deniece Schwarz, Denise and Scott Stroh, and Barbara and Steve Farrar, all of Okarche.
Also, siblings and their spouses: brothers Joseph and wife Marion, Norbert and wife Pat, and Paul Grellner, all of Okarche; sisters and their spouses, Dorothy Coffey and husband Jerry, Donna Collins and husband Merlin, all of Okarche, Geraldine Mueggenborg and husband Gary of Kingfisher, and brother-in-law Kirk Pinkerton of Okarche.
She’s also survived by grandchildren and their spouses, Jeremy and Nicole Schwarz, Aaron and Brittney Schwarz, Daniel and Brittany Schwarz, Bret and Whitney Stroh, Kyle and Lindsey Stroh, Zac and Lauren Stroh, Tanner and Kaci Farrar, KyLee and Brandon Smith and Jade and Brayley Running and 16 great-grandchildren.
The prayer service was Monday, March 16, and Mass of Christian Burial 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Both services were at Sacred Heart Church in El Reno with Revs. Louis Philip and Lance Warren officiating.
Burial followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Okarche under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Regina’s memory to the Kreede Schwarz Medical Fund at First Bank of Okarche, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and/or Holy Trinity Catholic Church.