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Rev. Henry A. Schwede, minister, teacher, gourmet cook

April 13, 1941 – Sept. 18, 2013

The Rev. Henry A. Schwede, a retired United Church of Christ minister, died Wednesday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a short illness. He was 72.

The Buffalo native was a 1959 graduate of Amherst High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo in 1963.

After college, he worked for Railway Express in Buffalo and was transferred to Rochester, where he lived for about 15 years.

He served as director of religious education at Irondequoit United Church of Christ.

A gourmet cook and caterer, Mr. Schwede sometimes appeared on cooking shows on Rochester television.

He returned to Buffalo to pursue a master’s degree in religious studies at Canisius College while teaching in the Sweet Home Central School District.

He also received a master’s of divinity degree from Christ the King Seminary in Aurora.

In 1987, he was ordained to the ministry at Plymouth United Church of Christ, where he was appointed as assistant minister.

He was installed as minister of Kenmore United Church of Christ in 1990. He also served at St. Stephen’s-Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Amherst.

He enjoyed traveling to New York City, and he hosted several foreign exchange high school students.

After retiring from ministry, Mr. Schwede worked as a substitute teacher in the Sweet Home district.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Monday in Harry A. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 280 Grover Cleveland Highway, Amherst.

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