Visitation Information:

April 10th, 2021 at 02:15 PM - 03:00 PM
Memorial Park North Funeral Home Riverside Chapel
989 Riverside Drive Gainesville, GA 30501

Service Information:

April 10th, 2021 at 03:00 PM
Memorial Park North Funeral Home Riverside Chapel
989 Riverside Drive Gainesville, GA 30501

Mrs. Jean LaBarr Schwartz, 95


Jean LaBarr Schwartz peacefully graduated into the presence of her Lord on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at her home in Gainesville, Georgia, at the age of 95.  


The youngest of five children, Jean was born December 28, 1925, in Buffalo, New York, to Louise and August Boehmke. She was cherished in a loving family that prioritized faith, family, fun, education, music, and service. These became her life-long joys.  


When Jean graduated from the Buffalo Public School system in 1943, she went on to the University of Buffalo to earn a BA in Chemistry in 1947 and then worked for DuPont as a Chemist in Buffalo. She married Robert Ford LaBarr, also of Buffalo, on June 18, 1949, after his World War II service in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He began his career with Warner and Swasey Machine Tool Company in Cleveland, OH. Jean continued with DuPont and then sold Childcraft Books door to door before giving birth to their three children.  


After a few years in Erie, PA, the family moved to what became their hometown, Kettering, Ohio. As the children were growing up, Jean was active in church, Scout leadership, volunteer work and substitute teaching. When her children left for college, she became a high school Special Education teacher in Ohio and, after Bob’s retirement, in the Cobb County, GA Public Schools. 


In the early 80’s, when daughter Wendy established her dental practice in Marietta, Jean was the first office manager. Daughter Barbara and son Jim soon transferred to the Atlanta area. Jean’s generous involvement at Faith Lutheran Church had many facets. Consoling hurting members with God’s comfort as a Stephen’s Minister and training others to do likewise became her passion. She was a woman of warm hospitality who has left a legacy of friendship and encouragement. 


Jean was known as “Grandma Tic Tac“ by her adoring grandchildren who delighted in her practice of passing the mints to them during church services. She was a get-on-the-floor-to-play grandma who became a huge cheerleader and a treasured mentor for each of them. 


Widowed after 49 years of marriage to Bob, she and University of Buffalo classmate, widower Edward C. Schwartz became re-acquainted, conducted a long-distance courtship, and married on February 17, 2001. The two of them shuttled between Ed’s home in Buffalo and hers in Atlanta until last summer when health concerns and COVID restrictions interfered. They shared many wonderful years of adventure, traveling, socializing, boating, and enjoying each other’s families. Wherever she lived, Jean loved playing bridge and teaching the game to others. Of deep joy to her were frequent reunions of the Boehmke extended family, gathered from all over the country. 


Jean was also preceded in death by her three brothers, Bill, Karl and Hal Boehmke; her sister, Adele Connelly; and grandson Sammy Mitchell. She is survived by her husband Ed, his five daughters and one granddaughter; her children James LaBarr (Karen), Wendy Mitchell (Ken), and Barbara McKay (Charles); grandchildren Anna Mitchell Groves (Michael), Jimmy Mitchell (Allison), Christy LaBarr Harmon (William) and David LaBarr; and great-grandchildren Charlotte Ann and James Harmon. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families who revere her as their delightful Aunt Jean. 


The family invites you to rejoice with her entry into an eternity of joy in Jesus’ presence. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Drive, Gainesville GA, 30501, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 with visitation at 2:15 and after the service.  Because of COVID, seating will be in every other row.  Masks are required.  The service will be live-streamed beginning on Saturday April 10 at 3:00 p.m. at


Jean LaBarr Schwartz Memorial Service



In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Faith Lutheran Church, 2111 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 or

Sudden Arrythmia Death Syndrome Foundation, 4527 South 2300 East, #104, Salt Lake City, UT 84117  


Memorial Park Funeral Home North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Dr. is in charge of arrangements.

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Sandra Stork 2021-04-01 19:43:02
Having read Jean’s life history, I am so impressed with all that she accomplished in her life. Our deepest sympathy to her family.
Debbie Yost 2021-04-05 16:58:58
Jean, I love you and miss your presence on earth. Thanks for being our mentor with your beloved Bob. Steve and I, as well as your family and friends know we we will see you again in paradise. Peace, comfort, and love to Ed, and all the families. Love, Debbie and Steve Yost
Betty and Bob Slater 2021-04-05 17:21:17
Jean was such a wonderful friend to both Bob and Me. She was such an encouraging person as I enjoyed learning and playing bridge with her! She loved her family and was always there to support them in so many ways. She lived her life with faith,family, fun, education, music and service. She will be missed!
Allen Bond 2021-04-06 07:02:00
Jean was always such a warm, wonderful lady who could always be counted on for help when needed, and who had a real gift for bringing joy to others. Her hospitality was one of the things that first impressed us when we were considering membership in Faith Lutheran of Marietta. She was a good friend, and will be missed here, but she has moved on to better things and to her higher calling!
Suanne Colmus 2021-04-06 20:37:07
A life well lived .... Jean was about her Father’s work. She was well honored in this obituary. Prayers for you all as I know she will be missed!
Patty Chirico 2021-04-07 13:19:06
Barbara & Family, What a very special mom you had! I am thankful you all have such wonderful, fun memories of the many enjoyable family times together. I know this is a great loss as you dearly miss her. Praying for peace & comfort for you all.
Renee Kroll 2021-04-07 17:34:22
Jean, was very special to me. She spent countless hours encouraging me and my family. I am grateful for the love she poured into our life. She was and is very special!!! We will always remember her in our hearts.
Penny and John Crosland 2021-04-08 06:13:30
Your mom and grandma was such a special lady. We always enjoyed seeing her and talking to her. We are so sorry we can't be with you to celebrate her wonderful life. We are going to miss her smile and laughter. Our prayers are with your family during these sad days.
Myrna Garron 2021-04-10 12:06:53
Our world has lost and Heaven has gained a beautiful soul. Wishing your family peace and love.
walter marquart 2021-04-10 13:48:24
May you rest in the arms of our Heavenly Father Jehovah till Judgement Day We have known each other since the days of our youth we will me again in GOD's new kingdom
walter w. marquart 2021-06-20 19:26:41
Rest in peace, we'll meet in Jehovah's new Kingdom
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