Dr. Andrea Grams-Schwantes, 52, passed away due to complications from brain cancer on May 1, 2017 at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Her husband and sister were both with her at the end.
Born in West Allis, WI on July 12, 1964, Andrea was the wife to her devoted husband CDR Jayson W. Schwantes, USN, for 17 years. She is survived by Jayson and their two children Benjamin, 15 and Alexa, 13. She is also survived by her mother, Helen, 86, and her sister, Paula Roddenberry, both of Virginia Beach.
Andrea was very academically accomplished having graduated with a BSN from Marquette University in 1986, and earned a Doctorate of Optometry from South College of Optometry in 1995. Despite her admirable educational and career pursuits, she was most proud of her children and husband. Andrea loved traveling, sewing, animals, and volunteering to help out for her children’s school activities. A very devoted and giving person, she additionally volunteered by sewing personalized clothing for children taking their “Make a Wish” vacations.
A private cremation will be held and a celebration of life will follow in the weeks to come at a date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, her family has suggested
donations in her name may be made to the SPCA by clicking HERE
, or towards her teenage children’s future education fund by clicking HERE