Littia May Schwarz, 16, of La Grande passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.
Littia was born in Kennewick, WA, on April 24, 1996. Littia was raised by her grandparents, Janet Hume-Schwarz and Lyle Schwarz. Her parents are Jeff Bohnenkamp of Portland, OR and Christine Reveal of Birmingham, AL.
Littia attended Cove Kindergarten, Union Elementary, Grande Ronde Academy, La Grande High School and was currently enrolled in Oregon Connections Academy.
She loved little children and was so proud to be employed at Mountain Valley Fitness and Health in the child watch center. She also worked at the Potter's House Gallery and Gift Boutique as a web photographer and staff member.
Littia was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Union, OR. She also worked as a volunteer at the Union County Fair and served at American Legion Auxiliary meals. Her pet project was creating special Christmas trees for Mount Emily Safe Center. Last year it was a purple themed tree. This year, she wanted a rainbow themed tree. Children at the center took her ornaments and decorations home as a special treat during Christmas time.
Littia was known for her caring and giving personality. Her friends included small children, her peers and she even touched the hearts of older folks. One of her acts of love for her Great grandfather Henry was to sneak in Oreo cookies at the Alzheimer's nursing home in Olympia, WA.
Skateboarding was one of Littia's newest interests. She simply loved the challenge of improving her strength and skills. She had also competed with the La Grande Swim Club since elementary school admiring and working with her mentors and coaches. She played piano since first grade and longed to play her Grandpa Andy's guitar.
Littia read a lot, nonfiction and stories. She wrote poetry and worked hard on school work. Two days before she passed, she happily struggled with her grandfather on Emerson's "Self-Reliance." She traveled extensively and as often as she could. From the first thrilling plane ride at age five to Disneyland, to the final car trip with her grandparents to Yellowstone, she squeezed a lifetime of adventure in her life. She loved Paris, but had a special place in her heart for Amsterdam and Anne Frank's home. "The Diary of Anne Frank" at La Grande High School was a very moving experience for her. Littia's favorite place to visit was the Egyptian Rooms at the British Museum in London. It was hard to pry her away from there once she saw and the history of mummies and old culture on the Nile.
She is survived by her grandparents, Lyle Schwarz and Janet Hume-Schwarz, her father Jeff Bohnenkamp of Portland, OR, her mother, Christine Reveal, and half-sister, Harleigh Reveal, of Birmingham, AL. Grandmother Laurie McCain of Portland, OR, Great grandparents George and Betty Bohnenkamp of Boise, ID, Aunt Jill VanNattan and cousin Austen VanNattan of Portland, OR. She is also survived by numerous relatives including great aunts, great uncles and cousins.
There will be a Rosary on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 6:00-6:15pm followed by a gathering until 8:00pm at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Everyone is invited to stop by and sign the guest book and share memories. A Mass Service will be held on Saturday, October 27, at 10am at the Sacred Heart Church in Union, OR. Friends are welcome to attend.
Memorial donations can be made to the Mount Emily Safe Center at 2107 3rd Street, La Grande, OR, to continue her project of providing decorated trees and ornaments for their children.
Like children all over our community, she was a gift on loan to all who survive.