Jonne Schwieder (nee Thompson), a 60-year resident of Park Ridge, passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2020. She was 85 years old. A graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and William Woods College, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard "Dick" (2011) and her parents, Edward and Juanita (nee Beuvers) Thompson.
She is survived by her children Debra (Kenneth) Walusiak, Ginger (John) Aymond, and David (Meg) Schwieder; grandchildren Jessica (Peter) DeLong, Bennett Aymond, Eric Walusiak and Thompson & Greta Schwieder; and great-grandson, Charlie DeLong.
Jonne is remembered for many things, like the way she made holidays special for her family over the years. An only child, she often shared how fortunate she felt to have three children and five grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly. She felt especially blessed to meet her first great-grandchild, born October 10, 2020.
She enjoyed family vacations and treasured time spent at their second home in Florida.
Jonne and Dick loved to entertain and hosted many dinner parties in earlier years, some of which lasted until morning. A loyal Chicago Bears fan, Jonne often would reminisce about attending Super Bowl XX with Dick, in 1986. They held Bears season tickets for many years and made lots of memories with their longtime friends, the Webers.
At Dick's insistence, Jonne took up golf and eventually scored a hole in one, much to his "surprise." She became an avid golfer who enjoyed many rounds at Park Ridge Country Club and Bonita Bay. Watching "the golf" on TV was a favorite pastime in recent years.
Later in life, Jonne developed a passion for bacon and a fondness for Tito's. And, despite years spent lecturing Dick about his questionable eating habits, she also became a lover of sweets and almost always had gelato or a small fruit pie on hand.
Jonne was a one-of-a-kind mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife and friend. She will be remembered for countless one-liners and expressions. Her "email machine" because that's all she cared to know about her iPad. "This damn phone" when her hearing started to fail. The "famdamnly" when discussing various Schwieder family quirks. And, don't ever question the spelling of her first name, a lifelong sticking point. "It's pronounced Joan! Not Joanne or Johnnie or..."
Jonne and Dick were quite the couple, and she missed her husband fiercely. Never mind that they were "the Bickersons" to friends. While she sometimes was Dick's biggest critic, she always was his biggest fan.
Get ready, Dick, she's on her way back to you at last. And, with plenty of good stories in tow.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held, with interment at Town of Maine Cemetery. A celebration of life is planned for 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts appreciated to The Evans Scholars Foundation, 2501 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL 60026 (or donate online at: www.wgaesf.org) in support of full college tuition scholarships for caddies.