Written by Stu Kushner

Jennifer Lea Schwartz (1955 – 2014) – Class of ’74

Jenny Lea Schwartz, of Harwood, MD, died of cancer on September 19, 2014 at age 58 in Baltimore, MD at Joseph Richey hospice. Born Janice Schwartz, Jenny changed her name when in her 20’s. This eccentric bohemian loved being involved with Groundhog Day festivities every year in Punxsutawney, PA when not performing energy work to help people and animals. She worked for the National Academy of Opticianry for ten years, rising from receptionist to Director of Education. She is predeceased by father Robert Allen Schwartz, Sr. and brother Robert Allen Schwartz, Jr. She is survived by mother Norma Jean Walker of Sligo, PA, step-mother JoAnn Schwartz of Portland, OR, half-sister Bethann Schwartz of Tacoma, WA, son Michael Connolly of Omaha, NE, and daughter Jessica Francis and grandson Patrick Francis of Kennesaw, GA. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Mayo United Methodist Church, 1005 Old Turkey Point Road, Edgewater, MD 21037. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.