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Herbert B. Schwager Jr.

WASSAIC — Herbert B. Schwager Jr., 91, a longtime resident of Wassaic, died on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Sharon Health Center Center in Sharon.  Mr. Schwager was the Chief of Security at Wassaic Developmental Center in Wassaic.

Born on June 22, 1930, in the Bronx, he was the son of the late Herbert B. Schwager Sr. and Genevieve Alessi Schwager.  He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. On August 8, 1998, in Pawling, he married Jeanne Coddington Thornton, who survives at home.

Mr. Schwager was a 60-year member and former Master of the Amenia and Shekomeko Lodges and a Grand Master of the Free and Accepted Masons.  He was a life member and past treasurer of the Wassaic Fire Company in Wassaic.  Mr. Schwager served as a member of the Town of Amenia Board of Assessment Review.  He was a director of the Amenia Island Cemetery Association, the Pistol Association of New Hackensack, N.Y., and the National Rifle Association.

Besides his wife, he is survived by four stepsons, Charles Thornton and his wife, Marsha, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; David Thornton and his wife, Janet, of Mattituck, N.Y.; Scott Thornton and his wife, Rebecca, of Sharon, and Douglas Thornton and his wife, Julie, of Bryan, Texas; a brother, William Schwager and his wife, Kathy, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y.; and two sisters, Audrey Fitzpatrick of Florida and Genevieve Stoldorff and her husband, John, of Nyack, N.Y.  He is also survived by seven step-grandchildren, nine great-step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Vivian Dunlop; a stepson, Gary Thornton in 2018; and a brother, Harold Schwager.

Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22, Dover Plains.  Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Douglas Grandgeorge officiating.  Burial with military honors will be private at Amenia Island Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wassaic Fire Company, 27 Firehouse Rd., Wassaic, N.Y.  12592.  To send the family an online condolence, please visit www.hufcutfuneralhome.com.

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