In 1924 a meeting and marriage was arranged between Clara Bulbe of Galveston and a young man, Joseph Schwartz from Poland. They met in Havana, Cuba, where they married and lived until after the birth of their first child, Israel Louis Schwartz, on March 25, 1925. Soon after his birth, this new Schwartz family settled in Galveston, Texas, where Clara’s family had already established U.S. citizenship.
Israel Louis Schwartz
Carnes Funeral Home - Texas City
Growing up in Galveston, Schwartz was lovingly referred to by family and friends as Issie, Sonny, Bubba and Lou. He attended Galveston public schools, played football (Center - B Team) for Ball High School, and graduated with honors two years ahead of his class. He attended Texas A&M University. He enlisted in the Navy prior to graduating, and during his boot camp orientation was chosen to attend Northwestern University Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign upon graduation. Schwartz experienced various naval assignments during World War II, becoming an Airborn Radar Observer, serving in an Air Early Warning B-17 Squadron that flew regularly between Floyd Bennett Field in New York and Guantanamo, Cuba. He qualified in a fleet-wide examination offered by the Navy to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study Electrical Engineering with a major in Naval Electronics. The participants in the program were principally Annapolis graduates, who, along with Schwartz completed a two-year, eight month program resulting in a degree from MIT in Electrical Engineering.
During his years studying at MIT, he met Audrey Hurwitz of Dorchester, Mass. He always referred to Audrey, a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, as his Beautiful American Marine. They married on January 28, 1949. Three children were born of this marriage: Ellen, Paul and Nancy.
When Schwartz returned to the fleet, he served on the aircraft carrier, USS Palau in the Atlantic until called for duty aboard the battleship USS Missouri which sailed for Korean waters during the Korean War. His service in two wars was recognized with the American Defense, Victory, United Nations, Occupation and Korean War medals.
After eleven years of Naval service, he was discharged as a Lieutenant, Junior Grade to civilian life in Galveston and Houston, later moving to California, spending seventeen years working in the military-aerospace industry. He returned to Texas in 1979 and worked in Austin for the State Comptroller. Upon his retirement, he and Audrey moved to Houston. He spent his last nine years in the Clear Lake area to be closer to his younger daughter, Nancy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Audrey, and brother Ronnie Schwartz. He is survived by his three children, Ellen Schwartz and husband Leonard Cox of Santa Rosa, California, Paul Schwartz and wife, Jan and their children Andrea and Stefan of Santa Rosa, California, Nancy Schwartz and Brian Fisher, and their Labs who Dad called his dogs, Louie and Lola of Clear Lake Shores, Texas; his brother A.R. “Babe” Schwartz and wife, Marilyn of Austin, Texas; brother-in-law Joseph Hurwitz and wife, Sandy of Boston Massachusetts; sister Phyllis Milstein and husband, Dr. Bernard Milstein; brother Steven Schwartz and wife, Lisa, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to acknowledge Dr. Don Sprague, Amy Henry and Debbie Callison for their medical care that allowed Dad additional happy and comfortable years. Heartfelt thanks also to the staff at Regal Estates for the tremendous accommodations and loving care they provided. Dad will be deeply missed. The family suggests donations be made to the Houston Area Parkinson Society, 2700 Southwest Frwy. #284, Houston, TX 77098
In honoring his wishes, no services are scheduled.