Wilbur D. Schwander, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Mary Ann Andel and the late Peggy Ann Cospelich Schwander. Loving father of Pam Hougland (Rex), Stephanie LeBouef (Clifford), Wilbur D. Schwander Jr. (Sharon), William Miles Schwander, Lloyd Joseph Andel III and Christine Minor (Steve). Son of the late William M. Schwander and Grace McKinney Lee. Brother of Lillie Lee Schwander Gonzales and the late Felton “Buddy” Schwander, Peter Schwander, Lydia “Sissy” Schwander Thomas, Annie Schwander Campo and Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Schwander Little. Proud grandfather of Shannon Mixon (Derek), Sandy Fitz (Michael), Clifford “Bubba” LeBouef Jr., Falyn Dudenhefer (Chad), Tabitha Ann Wesley (Dilan), Peggy Lea Schwander, Dustin Miles Schwander and Bryanna Andel. Great grandfather of Chad Dudenhefer, Cruz James Dudenhefer, Nathan Michael Fitz, MacKenzie Leigh Wesley and Sawyer Wesley (coming soon!). Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Wilbur was born on October 10, 1935 in New Orleans, LA and was a longtime resident of St. Bernard Parish. He has been a resident of Denham Springs since 2006. Wilbur was a former employee of Murphy Oil, a member of the Moose Lodge and Clio Sportsman League prior to Hurricane Katrina. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. Wilbur will be forever remembered and deeply missed by his family and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Friday, June 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.. A funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest in St. Roch Cemetery No. 2, New Orleans, LA. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com