Mary Schwager

Date of Birth

July 20, 1954

Date of Death

March 18, 2023

City of Death

Santa Barbara

Mary Topinka Schwager, born July 20, 1954 to parents Leone Michalski Topinka and Rudolph “Rudy” J. Topinka, peacefully departed her earthly home March 18, 2023 in the company of family. Mary was beloved by all who knew her and touched innumerable lives with her generosity, warmth, and selfless acts of love. She enjoyed literature and quilting, and was fascinated by the call of the loons and natural beauty surrounding her lakeside and coastal residences, but perhaps her greatest passion was helping others wherever she saw need. She was known for her contagious smile and laughter, which could immediately illuminate a room and lift the lowest of spirits. As a devout Christ-follower, she was an integral member of the Christian community and dedicated her life to spreading her savior’s message of light and love. Mary was equally devoted to her family, for whom she expressed her unconditional love by building a supportive, joyous, and nurturing home for her husband and daughters, and being a loving nana to her grandchildren. She is survived by husband Robert, daughters Anna and Emilie, and siblings Carol, Sally, Susan, and Thomas. Mary’s presence will be deeply missed but her spirit will continue to brighten this world as it lives on in the hearts and memories of all who love her. In lieu of flowers, donations made “in honor of Mary Schwager” will benefit the Mothers with Children Program at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, online at or by check to Bridgeport Rescue Mission P. O. Box 9057 Bridgeport, CT 06601.


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