In Memory of EmmaJean Conover-Schwarz

EmmaJean Conover-Schwarz
EmmaJean Conover-Schwarz
Born: August 6, 1927
Died: January 8, 2019
Age: 91
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EmmaJean Conover-Schwarz
August 6, 1927 - January 8, 2019
From: Ida Grove, IA

EmmaJean Conover-Schwarz, age 91, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at her residence of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Holstein Cemetery of Holstein, Iowa. A Visitation will be held on hour prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

EmmaJean (Lohff) Conover-Schwarz, the daughter of Theodore “Ted” and Berneta “Bert” (Madsen) Lohff, was born on August 6, 1927, on the family farm located in rural Ida County, Iowa.

EmmaJean attended rural country school and graduated from Galva High School. She continued her education at Buena Vista College for three months where she received her rural teaching certificate to teach country school. EmmaJean then started a career as a country school teacher in rural Ida County, near her family’s farm.

On March 28, 1946, EmmaJean was united into marriage to Forrest “Tootie” Conover in the Holstein Methodist Parsonage of Holstein, Iowa. The couple settled on a farm south of Holstein, Iowa and were blessed with four children Dennis, Vicki, Patsy, and Tammie. The family then relocated to Correctionville, Iowa where EmmaJean continued to raise her family. In July of 1978, Forrest suddenly passed away.

In January of 1986, EmmaJean married Paul Schwarz and welcomed Paul’s children Wendell, Ken, and Colleen. The couple settled in Ricketts, Iowa and then relocated to Ida Grove, Iowa where EmmaJean resided up to present.

EmmaJean loved to dance, tend to her flowers, and cook, especially baking pies. She was an accomplished quilter and loved making quilts for her family. The most important part of EmmaJean’s life was her “Big” family. They were her pride and joy.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Dennis R. Conover of Ida Grove, IA, Vicki M. Dixon of LeMars, IA, Patsy J. (David) Mathers of Correctionville, IA, Tammie L. (James) Gray of Sioux City, IA; 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren with 1 on the way; sister Janice (Ken) Walker of Omaha, NE; stepchildren Wendell (Kathy) Schwarz of MI, Ken (Jolene) Schwarz of TX and Colleen Schwarz of CO; several step grandchildren and their families; extended family and friends.

EmmaJean was preceded in death by her parents Theodore “Ted” and Berneta “Bert” Lohff; husbands Forrest “Tootie” Conover and Paul Schwarz; grandson Nicklas Mathers; and son-in-law Don Dixon.


11:00 a.m., Saturday
January 12, 2019
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido


Denise Van Dusen
Shelly Hartman
Jill Barton
Marlo Jepsen
Nichal Gray-Ahlquist
Mallori Hoffert
Angela Conover

Honorary Pallbearers
Matt Mathers
Todd Conover
Kirk Dixon
Nicklas Mathers
Andrew Conover


10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Lift High The Cross"
"How Great Thou Art"
"Amazing Grace"


Holstein Cemetery


Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 1:10 PM
“Sorry for your loss ”
- Ken @ Anne Thornhill
Friday, January 11, 2019 at 9:56 AM
“ This was a woman who epitomized strength and wisdom. Her attitude and demeanor was always one of love, earning respect. It's been a long time, but I shall cherish the 60+ years of memories I have of Emma Jean. We have all of your family in my mind and heart and I hope to pass to you my condolences on the death of your Mom. Rock on Emma Jean!”
- Ronald Johnson
Friday, January 11, 2019 at 9:56 AM
“I am so sorry and saddened to hear of Emma Jeans passing. We spent many good days and hours traveling with Paul and Emma Jean, playing cards, and playing dominoes. She was a good friend to me.”
- Evelyn Christiansen
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 2:52 PM
“So Sorry to hear about your loss. She was a very special lady and neighbor. It was always a pleasure to chat with her, help her if she needed anything and watching her walking her precious little Pixie. She will be truly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Dennis and your family. ”
- Van & Karen Ryen and family
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