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Funeral set for Charlann Schwan, former Lincolnshire trustee

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Former Lincolnshire Trustee Charlann Schwan is being remembered as a dedicated public servant and volunteer.

Schwan, 70, of Ivanhoe, died unexpectedly July 24 on a trip to Moscow.

Known as Char by her friends, Schwan had traveled around the world, often with her husband, Joe. Together they visited more than 30 countries.

She was traveling with a friend when she died.

Born in Chicago, Charlann Schwan worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines. She met Joe Schwan while living in San Francisco.

They settled in Lincolnshire, where Charlann Schwan volunteered as a Cub Scout den mother and with various community groups.

Schwan also volunteered with the Community Christian Church in Lincolnshire, where she was an active member of the congregation for nearly 40 years.

She was named Lincolnshire's citizen of the year in 1983 and served on the village board from 1987 to 1992.

Lincolnshire Mayor Brett Blomberg praised Schwan for her years of community service.

"It's a loss to the community," Blomberg said of her death. "I know she served the village well."

The Schwans eventually moved to Ivanhoe, an unincorporated neighborhood near Mundelein.

Charlann Schwann recently had served on the Woods of Ivanhoe homeowners board.

"The grass did not grow under Char Schwan's feet," said Diana O'Kelly, a Lake County Board member and Fremont Township's supervisor who worked with Schwan on various projects.

"She was such a positive person, and I think a true patriot," O'Kelly added.

Visitation is scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Ave., Libertyville.

A funeral is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Community Christian Church, 1970 Riverwoods Road, Lincolnshire.

In addition to her husband, Schwan's survivors include: a brother, Anders Skaar of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter; two sons; and seven grandchildren.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Woods Fund at the church.

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