Eileen Schweinler Wheeler of Rockford, IL lived with the Lord on November 16, 2021. She was born on March 28, 1924 in Neillsville, WI, to Otto Fredrick and Lousie (Schroeder) Tramm, the second youngest of five, children-Carl, Margaret, Dorothea and Lois. Her father was a division manager on the Soo Line in Stanberry, WI, and her mother was looking after the family.
Eileen attended a one-room school in Stanberry, WI through seventh grade. Her parents sent her to eighth grade in Neillsville, WI, to be confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church. She graduated from Neillsville High School in 1942, where she played the trumpet in the marching band. It won’t surprise anyone that one of her favorite subjects was home economics.
After graduating from high school, Eileen moved to Rockford, IL and worked in the National Lock Company’s human resources department. One of their jobs during World War II was the settlement of personal gas, sugar and shoe allocation stamps. Eileen was hardworking and hardworking and had a part-time job as a waitress in the evenings.
Eileen met the love of her life, Charles Schweinler, after arriving at Rockford. He was the director of the State Theater. They married on November 23, 1946 and had three children – Charlene, Craig, and Cevin. Unfortunately, Chuck died in 1964 and Eileen became a single mother. In 1965, she became the first widow in Winnebago County to adopt a child, her daughter Candice.
Eileen was an energetic person and an entrepreneur. In 1952, she and her husband bought the Soda Bar Restaurant in the Trust Building in thriving downtown Rockford. Everyone in Eileen’s close family and many other family members worked in the restaurant. It was a lively meeting place for family, friends, and workers in the downtown area. Eileen sold the soda bar in 1970.
Eileen continued her grocery career, running the Camelot Coffee Shop, running the Woman’s Club Food Shop, owning a catering business and working in a variety of other local restaurants. Eileen was best known for her stunning wedding cakes. Family members and friends looked forward to celebrating events with their beautifully crafted cakes and delicious food.
Eileen was extremely active in her community. A member of Redeemer Lutheran Church for 77 years, she took pride in singing in the choir, playing in the bell choir and attending the Ladies Evening Circle. She also volunteered at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center for 35 years and Senator Dave Severson presented her with an award for 5,081 hours and 50 minutes of service. Eileen also donated her time to the Crusader Thrift Shop for 19 years and was always ready to help a friend or acquaintance in need by checking food and clothing. Her favorite joys were dancing and babysitting.
Eileen loved people and was entertaining. She was the culmination of every event she attended and was quick to tell stories about her life and experiences. Eileen was the perfect host who always looked after her guests and served them so she never sat down. Her unique gifts were a special part of every Christmas for her children, siblings, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and spouses.
Eileen was a loving wife, mother, sister, friend, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother who is survived by her sons Craig Schweinler of Rockford, IL and Cevin Schweinler of Rockford, IL; Daughter Candice Schweinler of Rockford, IL; Grandson Joe (Jennifer) Schweinler, Corey Schweinler, Brandon Schweinler, Alex Schweinler, Nicolas (Brandy) Ludow, Philip (Casey) Ludlow; Great-grandson Jenna Schweinler, Dakota Scheweinler, Dylan Schweinler, Finley Schweinler, Willow Ludlow, Kaylee Dubick, Jaxson Dubik; Great-great-grandson, DJ; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband Charles Schweinler preceded in death; Daughter Charlene Sowl; Daughter-in-law Babe Lovett; Great grandson Jayce Ludlow; four siblings -Carl Tramm, Margaret Snyder, Dorothea Beyer, Lois Adkins; Nephews-Ronald Mund, Kenneth Mund, Steven Mund; and niece-Gayle Tramm.
Eileen is buried next to her husband in the Scandinavian Cemetery in Rockford, IL. The funeral service at the grave will take place on Saturday, December 4th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, souvenirs can be sent to Craig Schweinler, 16278 7 Street, Pecatonica, IL 61063. You can offer a reminder or condolences in olsonfh. com. Eileen’s children would like to thank all women in the OSF Hospice for the loving care and concern for their mother.
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Posted by Fred C. Olson Chapel – Rockford on November 25, 2021.