Frederick Joseph Schwenk

Frederick Joseph Schwenk, also known as “Papoose”, age 70, of Washington, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017 at his home.

He was born on August 10, 1946 in Jasper to Jerome and Magdalen (Reker) Schwenk. He was a 1964 graduate of Ireland High School. He was a member of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church and 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus of Washington. He received the Brute’ Society Award on November 20, 2005. He was the director of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Perpetual Eucharistic and Adoration Chapel. He had many hobbies that included, fishing, dancing, golfing, singing in the choir and he loved playing cards, making wine and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Ritchey) Schwenk whom he married, July 18, 1981; three daughters; Alesia (Eric) Cato of Evansville, Andrea Dwyer (Jeff Lemon) of Washington, Belinda (Robert) Menke of West Palm Beach, Florida; brother, Bro. Flavian “Junnie” Schwenk O.S.B of St. Meinrad; two sisters, Patty (Tom) Sternberg of Jasper, Carol (Joe) Walters of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren, Jaret Roach, Marisa Adams, Aubrey Adams, Jameson Dwyer, Aidan Dwyer, Lexie Lemon and Easton Lemon; Godson, Brian Schwenk, Goddaughters, Jody (Schwenk) Verkamp, Rachell Brummitt and Amy (Leistner) Helming and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Katie Schwenk and brother, Ambrose Schwenk. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church with Father Paul Ferguson as celebrant. Burial will follow in St Johns Cemetery.  A wake service will be held at 3:00 PM on Thursday with a KofC rosary at 8:00 PM. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Adoration Chapel, 315 NE 3rd St, Washington, Indiana 47501 or the Washington Catholic Education Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 916, Washington, Indiana 47501. Condolences may be sent to the family online at