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Dr. Andrea Grams-Schwantes

July 12, 1964 - May 1, 2017
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 gathering to celebrate  Andrea’s life will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10:30-1:30 at the West Neck Village Hall, 2580 Signature Dr. Virginia Beach, VA 23456.
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.

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Place: West Neck Village Hall, 2580 Signature Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23456

This is an informal open-ended social gathering to celebrate and honor Andrea’s life, Dress like you’re heading to the golf course or for a tropical poolside lunch.

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