New Heathens

In Memoriam

From today's Reno Gazette Journal

Carolyn Elizabeth Schweber, who touched everyone she knew with her optimism, kind smile and easy laugh passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 13. She was 53 years old. A lover of classic cars, good chardonnay, her treasured friends and gardening, Carolyn’s family was paramount in her heart, particularly her son Andrew Schweber, husband Phil Schweber and mother, Norah Brennan. Carolyn was born at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno on June 8, 1957 and graduated from Wooster High School in 1975. She earned her real-estate license from Truckee Meadows Community College and for 26 years she helped families in Reno achieve their dream of buying a home, particularly first -time homebuyers. Carolyn adopted her son Andrew around Mother’s Day 1993 and forged the bond that would be the joy of her life. Together they skied the Sierras, camped in national parks, sailed lakes, dug gemstones and raised a succession of hyperactive dogs. Carolyn married her true love, Phil Schweber, in April 2003 and in September of that year Phil adopted Andrew as his own son, a day that Andrew dubbed, “Schweber Forever.” The family, including stepchildren Erin Schweber and Nate Schweber, flew kites, picked blackberries, swam beaches, cooked tacos and cruised Reno’s annual “Hot August Nights” parade in a 1932 Ford pickup rebuilt by Carolyn’s late stepfather, Merle Brennan. Carolyn’s pride overflowed in 2009 when she flew to Kansas City to watch her son compete in a national event for precision machinists. Last year she earned certification as a master gardener from the University of Nevada Reno’s Cooperative Extension Program. Through her coursework Carolyn was introduced to the garden project at the Mariposa Academy of Language and Learning, which became one of her favorite charities along with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Special Olympics. Carolyn passed away peacefully in her sleep on a vacation to Mexico with her best friend, her mother Norah. She had left behind Valentine’s cards for her family in Reno. Doctors said Carolyn died of a massive heart attack. Truly, her heart was massive.

Carolyn’s memorial will be on February 26, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Mountain View Mortuary at 425 Stoker Ave. in Reno (775-788-2199). In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in Carolyn Schweber’s name to the Mariposa Academy Garden, 3875 Glen Street, Reno, NV 89502 (


Loosing Carolyn is a devastating blow for the New Heathens, as she was personally responsible for around 15 percent of our entire record sales. You can see her in the Proud Highway video (along with my brother, dad and sister) at the 2:26 mark.

My "little" brother Andrew (read: fishing companion) memorialized his mom with a new tattoo.Suffice to say, the rest of the family has this tattooed on their hearts.

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  1. Hi Heathens,
    Not sure I like the big fat tatoo on my godson but I understand.
    Carolyn was wind beneath my wings too.
    I am sad with you.
    Jan Giddings

  2. So sad to hear about the loss of Carolyn. My husband and I had moved to New Mexico and just found out. We are sad to hear that the world is missing one truly wonderful being. My heart goes out to her family that was left behind.

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