Madison: Thomas Schwab, age 45, born December 24, 1967 died at the Agrace Hospice April 9, 2013. He was there after spending three months at UW Hospital following brain surgery December 21, 2012. Tom fought brain cancer throughout his life. He first had surgery and radiation at age five while living in Lexington, KY. He had recurrences requiring surgeries in 2000, 2002 and most recently 2012.
Despite these difficulties, Tom was enthusiastic about life. He was a graduate of Edgewood High School and the MATC marketing program. Until surgery left him too physically limited to work he held a wide variety of sales and service jobs and, while still able, performed volunteer work with UW Hospital and Rehabilitation Units. He was a passionate and accomplished bicyclist traveling often on rural roads in Dane county and beyond. When physical balance problems made it impossible to ride outside he set up his bike inside on a stationary platform and rode using computer software to simulate road riding. He also followed European bicycle racing through video feeds he received on his computer. In 2004 Tom met Ann Yonke who became the love of his life. They were married just two days before his death. Ann, his family and others who knew him well will remember Tom for his good heartedness, courage and sense of humor. Even near the end of his life he sought to comfort others and joked with those who visited him at the hospital and hospice and those who were responsible for his care.
He is survived by his wife, Ann of Madison; parents, Donald and Lois Schwab of Verona; older brother, Spencer Schwab of Grand Rapids, MI; and mother-in-law, Mary Witt of Waupun.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, Verona Chapel, 220 Enterprise Drive.
Visitation will be on Saturday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of service. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Verona Chapel 220 Enterprise Drive 608-845-6625