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Earle Schwalje, 91, Former Mineola School Principal

Former Army pilot passed away on Feb. 23, 2013.

Earle Schwalje, age 91, of Leisure Village East, Lakewood, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at his home.

He was a school principal in the Mineola School District on Long Island, NY for 23 years before retiring in 1982. Prior to that he was a teacher, guidance counselor and school psychologist.

He served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was also a flight instructor in the South Pacific.

After moving to Leisure Village East in 1984, he became a member of the Men’s Club, the Nature Club, Deborah, the Cloisters, Heritage Club, Discussion Forum, Dance Club and Men’s Golf Club. He also served as a Trustee of Leisure Village East. For many years, he was an active member of Literacy Volunteers.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marjory. He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Christopher Berry of Sarasota, FL and 3 grandchildren.

Arrangements are private and under the direction of Weatherhead Young Funeral Home, 885 Mantoloking Rd., Brick.

Brian Widman March 07, 2013 at 08:45 PM
So sad. A very nice man and a good principal.
Geoffrey Walter March 07, 2013 at 09:43 PM
The following comment was posted on the Mineola Patch Facebook page by Rosanne Catalano: "My condolences to Earle Schwalje's family and friends at this sorrowful time.... RIP Mr. Schwalje; you will be missed."
Geoffrey Walter March 07, 2013 at 09:43 PM
The following comment was posted on the Mineola Patch Facebook page by Tom Watson: "At which school was he the principal during his tenure?"
John March 07, 2013 at 10:57 PM
He was my Principal at Meadow Drive in the 60's in Albertson. I remember those slinky seats outside his office.
Robert Kopp March 09, 2013 at 09:29 PM
A very pleasant and kind man. Me and my classmates at Meadow Drive nicknamed Mr Schwalje "The Duke" because of his dapper style and the then popular song Duke of Earl.


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