Ronald Schwartz

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Ronald J. Schwartz, 83, of Belleville, IL, born September 7, 1939, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, November 6, 2022, at home.

A graduate of Cathedral Grade School and Cathedral High School, he continued his education at Belleville Area College. He worked a successful career in the packaging industry in design and sales which spanned almost six decades, eventually retiring from Boxes, Inc. in St. Louis, MO. He was affectionately known by his friends and customers as the “Box Guy”. His retirement years were enriched putting all his skills to use as he joyfully worked alongside his sons developing Schwartz Brothers Printing. He considered himself incredibly lucky to have lived such a blessed life surrounded by his wife, children, and their families, yet those who knew him were truly the blessed ones to enjoy his quick wit and lively personality. He was passionate about bicycling, often riding several days a week. He and Carol also loved travelling around the world and experiencing everything from European river cruises to Disney World.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Othmar and Ann, nee Krupp, Schwartz; and two sisters Kathleen Whiteley and Janet Docter.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Carol C. Schwartz, nee Cocheba, whom he married on December 26, 1960;
two daughters, Lisa (Glenn) Logan, and Angela (Mark) Renner of Belleville;
two sons, John Schwartz and James (Chris) Schwartz of St. Louis, MO;
nine grandchildren, Alex (Mary) Araiza and Amanda (Leo) Araiza, Nate (Rachel) Renner, Isabella and Enzo Schwartz, Henry and Oscar Schwartz, Kate and Kevin Logan;
one great grandson, Louis Araiza;
a sister, Linda (Terry) Noblitt of Belleville, IL;
a twin brother, Donald (Betty Jo) Schwartz of Boerne, TX;
a brother-in-law, Dr. Don (Sharon) Cocheba of Ellensburg, WA;
a sister-in-law, Kaye (Joe) Reuter of Evansville, IN;
his mother-in-law, Celeste Cocheba of Belleville;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to St. Jude’s Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: A recitation of the rosary will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by a visitation from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 11, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, November 12, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 12, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


17 Comments on Ronald Schwartz

Tom said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2024 at 6:08 AM

We met this fine couple on a river cruise. Dinner several times. Pure pleasure, such nice folks. Model people. Sorry for your loss.

  • elizabethton
  • Tennessee
Roger J Mueller said : Guest Report Mar 15, 2023 at 2:26 PM

Don, Sorry to read of your brothers passing. I was a classmate of you and Ron at Cathedral High School 1953-1957 and looked forward to meeting both of you at our occassional reunions. Roger Mueller Condolences to you from New Jersey.

  • Wharton 07885
  • nj
Scott said : Guest Report Dec 09, 2022 at 4:55 PM

Carol, Lisa, Angela, James& John. I just heard of Ron's passing. So sorry for your loss.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Kay Bennett said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2022 at 2:33 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Ron was an exceptional husband and father/ grandpa. I know how very close you were and this will be difficult. My prayers for healing and love.

  • Lebanon
  • IL
Barb (Becherer) Kimutis said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2022 at 11:57 AM

My sympathy & prayers are with you Carol, and children. I met you when I worked at Small's with Ron's twin brother, Don. Even though that was many years ago, you and Ron were always so friendly, and greeted me when I would run into you. My prayers are with all of you, and may God give you comfort and peace.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Larry & Jane Litteken said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2022 at 4:43 PM

Carol & Family. Unfortunately we were out of town and didn't make Ron's services. Please accept our sympathy. I always looked forward to Ron's visit's. Not just for the Gus' Pretzels he always brought us, but for the chance to reconnect and keep up with each other and our families. He was a true friend and a straight shooter about everything. We will miss him and keep his memories with us.

  • Trenton
  • Il
Jeff Gundlach said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2022 at 2:31 PM

With our loss of Ron we've not lost a good guy because we've lost a great guy although we've not really lost at all as our great memories of Ron are forever!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Riley and Barbara Goedeke said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2022 at 7:07 PM

Thinking of you and your family at this time. Thoughts and prayers…. Riley and Barbara Goedeke and family

  • Springfield
  • Illinois
Dale Blaes said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2022 at 12:15 PM

My sympathy to Carol and kids. Also to Donald. I had the honor to know them both at Cathedral High

  • Marissa
  • IL
Pam Bitters said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2022 at 9:12 PM

I know Ron & Carol from the downtown YMCA. I enjoyed walking with him and trading barbs and just talking. He enjoyed giving me and my walking buddy Keith “trouble” every time we saw him. He and Keith liked to give me extra razzing. He was a great guy and we will really miss him!! Carol, I am keeping you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Ron.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Jeanette Dempsey said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2022 at 7:07 PM

John & I send our condolences to you, Carol & to your dear family. Praying for you during this difficult time. May Ron rest in peace. In Friendship. The Dempsey Family

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2022 at 1:42 PM

You have my sympathy on the loss of your husband and father. His twin brother, Don, was in our parish and all of us continued to get them mixed up. They always smiled and were kind to us. Lisa, I remember you from Westhaven years.ago!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gary Blome said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2022 at 9:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dan and Merry Muckensturm said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2022 at 6:44 AM

Our Deepest Sympathy to the Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of a husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend!

  • Argyle
  • Texas
Claire Hatch said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2022 at 6:12 AM

So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy! He will be missed by all.

  • Illinois
Sandy Berghager said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2022 at 9:38 AM

My father had a work relationship with Ron for many years. He soon became a personal friend to all of us. A joy to talk to both professionally & personally. No finer man. Our sincere condolences to entire family. Mike & Sandy Berghager

  • Carrollton
  • MO
Judy Saeger said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2022 at 9:33 AM

Dear Carol, Don ,Betty Jo, and families Please accept my sympathy on the loss of Ron .I'm praying for your comfort and peace .Blessings, Judy

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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