Obituary of Lisa M. Schwarte
Lisa Schwarte, 52, of West Des Moines, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 4, 2023 after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
Lisa was born on October 1, 1970 to Robert and Leora (Meyers) Bonert in Dyersville, IA. She grew up on a farm near Dyersville and graduated from Beckman Catholic High School in 1989. Lisa attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated, with honors, with a Bachelor of Science in accounting in 1993. Lisa also earned the CPA designation. College is where she would meet the love of her life, Jeff Schwarte, and the two were married on June 8, 1996 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville.
Lisa worked for Principal Financial Group for many years and was an accountant for Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed her profession, but being a mother to Alex, Megan and Zachary and wife to Jeff were her most treasured roles. She spent many years as a stay-at-home mom and it brought her great joy to cheer on her children during music, academic and athletic events and to be there for all the little moments of their lives.
Lisa’s Catholic faith was at the center of her life. She saw her cancer journey as a beautiful way to receive the love of her community and to surrender to God’s plan. Lisa was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was involved in many groups and organizations within the parish. Always looking for ways to put her faith in action, she loved to help others and give back to the community. Lisa was an avid, early morning runner, enjoyed playing the piano and traveling with her family to Arizona or a warm beach. Lisa loved her cats, being outdoors in her garden and taking care of her flowers.
Lisa is survived by her loving husband, Jeff; her three children, Alex, Megan and Zachary; her parents, Robert and Leora Bonert; and brother, Mike Bonert. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Anthony and Anastasia Bonert; and maternal grandparents, Camillus and Viola Meyers.
Visitation was held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines with a rosary service to begin at 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 11, 2023 at the church, with burial in Resthaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lisa’s family to make donations in her name to the many charities she supported over the years.