The gift we received was so
innocent and pure, wholehearted and true. The shine this gift shared,
spread like the new morning sun over the crest of grass, grazing every
flower in her path. Blooming with delight were the hearts she had
The gift we received is that of an angel.
There’s no way to start this without having the meaning it needs. You have no idea how much you’ll be missed, not only by me, but by everyone else indeed.
Lindsey with the National Drill Team Trophy
Newspaper article by
First Sgt Larry Schultz of the Mexico Marine Corps Junior ROTC
10, 2002, our beloved 17 year old daughter,
Lindsey, was struck and killed while standing on the shoulder of State
Rt. 104 just outside the town of Mexico. She, along with other Mexico
JROTC cadets, had been doing community service by picking up trash
along the roadside.
like to take this opportunity to thank our
family and friends, employees of Nine Mile Point, the cadets and
instructors of the Mexico Academy and Central High School Marine Corps
Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, teachers, students,
Board of Education, and the caring people of the Mexico community as
well as nearby communities for all their prayers, cards, food
donations, love and support during this most difficult and devastating
time of our lives.
like to say a special thank you to the
Mexico Central School District Office for their help in handling the
donations coming in for the Lindsey A. Schwab Scholarship Fund which is
being set up in memory of Lindsey. We would like to thank all who have
so generously donated to this fund. The scholarship was created in
Lindsey's name to honor her belief in helping those in need. She was
always the one who would never hesitate to do whatever was within her
power to help others. Through the creation of this Scholarship, she
will be able to continue helping others year after year.
loved to write and was going to be
attending Oswego State University in the fall majoring in Journalism.
In going through Lindsey's belongings, we came across a poem she had
written in her poem book that she kept with her at all times. We would
like to share this poem with readers in hopes that they too will be
touched by the love and compassion Lindsey had for others. She always
wanted to have her writing published, so now she shall have her wish.
her physical form may have been shattered,
her spirit remains unbroken and will forever remain within our
A THOUSAND WISHES
By Lindsey Schwab
The following was a Memorial Tribute To Lindsey from RASP (The Rural AfterSchool Program) at MACS.
tragedy of any kind strikes the first
thing we ask ourselves is why, why did
this have to happen, why did this happen
the way it did? We wonder as any
human being would- how we will go on
when tragedy occurs. Just yesterday it seems like
I, along with many others were asking myself
one question that couldn't be answered; that was
the question "Why did Lindsey have to go?"
Not being able to understand the answer to
my own question and what had happened to
Lindsey-someone with a caring heart I, as
with everyone else stood in shock, some of
us were alone, others were with family and
friends, but we all cried and mourned when
we received the news that a beloved friend
to many of us had been sadly taken
away because of a tragedy. When we heard
the news some of us cried in groups
while some sat in pure silence, hugged one
another or cried alone to mourn the loss
of a great friend, and a sister to
some; no matter how we look at what
happened that day all of us lost a
part of ourselves in so many different ways.
Looking back on that tragic day I have
continued to ask myself why- why we were
put through something so dramatic- it all went
way too fast; some of us didn't have
the chance to say our last good-bye.
Looking back on that day I have now
reflected on the impact Lindsey had on each
of us; she touched our hearts whenever we
were in her presence- she was and always
will be a part of our lives; she'll
be inside of our hearts each and every
day, our memories of her will always remain
intact- we will remember her for the impact
that she had on everyone- we will remember
how much she made us smile and how
she made each minute and moment of our
lives worthwhile when she was in our presence.
|This is the Trophy cabinet
donated by Raymour & Flanigan Furniture. It is located in the
lobby of the High School and is used to house the Daytona National
Drill Team Championship Trophy won by the Mexico Marine Corps Junior
ROTC Drill Team in Daytona Florida in May 2002. Above is a photo of
Lindsey with that trophy. After her death, the team decided to present
her family with it as a reminder of just how important a part she was
to the entire Drill Team Family.
The Schwab's have chosen to share it with the cadets, the school and the community by having it on display at the High School.
"Thank you Raymour & Flanigan" for the cabinet and "Thank you Schwab's." Your selflessness and generosity continue to amaze and humble me. I know that I am not alone.
Below is the statement that is on the cabinet. Please stop up and have a look at it if you get a chance.
May 3rd, 2002, the Mexico JROTC drill team
competed for their first time in the National High School Drill Team
Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida. They placed 2nd
in the Nation in Unarmed Regulation Drill. This trophy was the result
of many months of early morning practices and hard work.
May 10, 2002, Cadet Captain Lindsey A. Schwab was killed when a
motorist crossed onto the shoulder of the road where Lindsey was
picking up trash as part of the Adopt A Highway Program. One week
earlier, Lindsey had been part of the Drill Team that was awarded this 2nd
LINDSEY A. SCHWAB
21 June 2002
In recognition of the extraordinary
effort, support and dedication
to the Drill Team and its members.
Keeps Teen's Desire To Help
In life, Lindsey Schwab had an intense desire to help others.
The teen-ager died in the spring of 2002 after being struck by a sports utility vehicle a month before she would have graduated from Mexico High School.
She is still helping others, however. Her family and friends have seen to that.
"The story in brief is that, after two years of fundraising and donations from friends, family, the Mexico community, co-workers and people from all across the United States, we recently achieved our goal for the Lindsey A. Schwab Memorial Scholarship of $20,000," said Lindsey's mother, Debbie Schwab. "Last night (May 18), our family presented Dollars for Scholars with a check for an additional $40,000, bringing the total to $60,000."
Currently, there are two $1,000 scholarships given out each year.
"The first year the scholarship was awarded, we gave out four $1,000 scholarships because that was Lindsey's graduating class (2002)," her mother explained. "Since then, we give out two $1,000 scholarships."
This year's pair of scholarships will be presented on Senior Awards Night, June 9.
Mrs. Schwab said they would be meeting in the near future with the representatives from Dollars for Scholars to decide how to best handle the additional monies.
"We have a few ideas, but need time to come up with the best plan of action," she explained. "We will come up with something before the scholarships are awarded for the class of 2005."
Lindsey died at about 4:15 p.m. May 10, 2002, while she was taking part in a community service ("Adopt A Highway") project along Route 104 with other members of the Mexico High School's Junior ROTC program.
She would have celebrated her 20th birthday this Saturday, May 22.
Lindsey joined JROTC because her older sister, Jennifer, was in the program and loved it, her mother said.
The program really helped Lindsey come out of her shell (she used to be very shy) and she truly loved being part of the program and the drill team, she added.
"Being a member of the drill team when they won the second place national trophy in Daytona Beach, Fla., was one of her proudest and happiest moments. Exactly one week later, she was taken from us, which was the worst moment of my life and my family's life. Lindsey was only on this earth a short time, but she impacted many lives and will continue to do so through her scholarship," she said.
The way the scholarships are awarded is that the graduating class and the MACS faculty nominate five boys and five girls for the scholarship.
The students chosen then must submit an essay to the Schwab family, who then decides which two graduating seniors from the list will receive the scholarships.
Lindsey's scholarship will continue to be awarded annually "for many, many years to come," her mother said.
The Schwab's plan to replenish the scholarship through donations and their own contributions each year.
If anyone would like to contribute, they can send donations to:
Dollars for Scholars, Mexico Middle School, 16 Fravor Road, Mexico, NY 13114, Attn: Claire Wandersee; put in the notation on the check that it is for the Lindsey A. Schwab Scholarship.
"Through the creation of this scholarship, Lindsey will continue to help others by assisting graduating Mexico seniors in their quest for higher education," her mother said. "We plan on this being a perpetual scholarship that will live on long after we are gone."
Happy Heavenly 20th Birthday Lindsey
Two Years of Loss
by Brenda Dann
It’s been two years since we lost Lindsey. It was a day, much like today… warm, sunny and full of springtime blossom and hope. A day like any other that started with hugs and kisses and temporary goodbye’s and ended with unbearable sadness and despair and no chance to say a final farewell.
But time has continued on. We have lived our lives, and all the while keeping Lindsey in our hearts and thoughts. For some, that means putting tributes to her at her memorial site or posting notes to or about her on their internet message pages and instant messengers. But even though time has passed and our wounds have healed, the scars of that day will be forever jagged and visible.
For her family, most of us can never understand their suffering and loss, but in our own lives, we too suffer the loss of a friend and one we loved. We miss you Lindsey and we pray you can feel our love.
Memorial Cross Refurbishment & Replacement
YEARS LATER, TEEN STILL IN HEARTS OF FAMILY, FRIENDS
It was May 10, 2002, and Lindsey Schwab was cleaning up trash and debris from the roadside one mile east of the Village of Mexico when she was struck and killed by a 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer driven by Thomas Smallman of Phoenix.
Nearly five years after the Mexico High School senior was killed by the motorist along State Route 104, the victim's family and friends still gather to remember the once “vibrant, angelic, outgoing” teen. Sunday afternoon, at Schwab's best friend Jenny Redhead-Bickford's house in Mexico, friends and family met to restore the cross that is placed at the site Schwab was killed.
“It doesn't seem like it's been five years,” Redhead-Bickford said as she decorated the white cross with blue, pink and white flowers. “We've done this every year since and plan on doing it every year from now on.”
Redhead-Bickford said the colors of the artificial flowers on the cross are specifically used because they have special meaning. “There's light blue on it because it was her favorite color, and then there's the pink and white in the middle.”
As Schwab's friends and family decorated the cross, they laughed and shared stories and memories. She was well-liked and a member of the Junior ROTC program, drama and band, they recalled.
“She's my hero,” said Schwab's older sister, Jennifer Schwab. “She went out of her way to make other people happy.”
Although the yearly restoration of Lindsey's cross is difficult for the elder Schwab, she said it is important in the healing process.
“There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about her,” she said. “It's really important to get together to remember her. It makes such a sad situation a little easier to deal with.”
Friends and family will gather again on Saturday to put the cross up in the spot where Lindsey was killed. A member of the Oswego County Sheriff's Department will block off the road during that time, while those in attendance will have a moment of silence and reflection.
Letter from Bryan Haynes
My Dearest Friends,
Unfortunately another year has passed since we lost one of the most influential, kindest, angels that many of us will ever meet. Unfortunately as has been the case in recent years I will be unable to attend the rebuilding and replacing of the cross.
It hurts that I cannot be with all of you to celebrate the life of a truly unique and powerful young woman. I can promise you that there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of the impact that Lindsey had on my life. While I am not there on this day to celebrate with all of you, I make it a point to celebrate her life everyday by doing the things that I think that she would approve of me doing.
I take the time to be a better son, brother, boyfriend, and friend because she would have wanted it that way. I am following my dreams and living my life to the fullest being sure never to take the blessings I have for granted. I hope all of you are living your lives the same way.
She was taken too soon but we all had a lot to learn from her during her life and in her death. It took me a long time to find that meaning and when I did it changed my life.
I will be thinking of you all on Saturday and my best wishes to all of you and your families.
2009 Memorial Cross Restoration
A Letter from 1st Sgt. Larry Schultz
Words do not
adequately describe how badly I want to be with everyone on Saturday;
however, my commitments here will not allow that, again, this year. My
thoughts and prayers will be with all of you as you make Lindsey's
Cross and celebrate her life. I pray that one year I will be there to
help make Lindsey's Cross so I can share the day with all of her
wonderful friends. Lindsey is with me every day in my heart, thoughts,
and prayers. Not a day goes by that I do not think of Lindsey, and all
of you, who made my life such a joy and blessing.
So much to be thankful for...
In watching everyone today, I am reminded of how much we all have to be thankful for. Seeing each of Lindsey's former classmates & friends, her sisters, niece & nephew, and her Mom & Dad, I was able to see how much love, how much comfort and how much support they all are to each other. I hope that when each of you view these photos and videos, you see and feel the same thing.
While the loss of Lindsey was a profound and debilitating event, the gatherings that I witness, year after year, provide hope, healing and a glimpse at the lives, that though forever altered, have found their way back to happiness and peace. This is one of the most painful, yet most necessary events that I attend each year. I enjoy seeing new & old faces, new & growing children and aging parents. My deepest sympathies are ever with the Schwab family, but also, my deepest gratitude for allowing us to continue to share in the celebration of Lindsey's life.
2010 Memorial & Cross Restoration
2010 Memorial Tributes
Lindsey was a great friend. I have two best friends and she was one of them. I often look back now at what a friend Lindsey was and how understanding she was. I think of her every day and I believe that she is my guardian Angel who is protecting me from any danger or tragedy. Lindsey had a gift, and for anyone who was friends with her you could see that. I will not forget that day but now I look at and cherish the few years I knew her.
There are many times I fall asleep and her face and what she looked like is fresh in my mind. If there was one thing she taught me that was NEVER to give up and to go for your dreams. Lindsey always had a positive attitude and believed you could achieve anything you set your mind to. Since her death I have lived by this and often times when I think I cannot do something I revert back to her knowing that it is her who gives me the drive to do what I thought I could not. I know she is in my heart and she always will be.
very thoughtful of you Patience. Lindsey was a great person. She was
truly kind and I don't think you could find an enemy of her's if you
tired. She overcame obstacles and excelled in all that she attempted.
She is missed by many and it is sad that she did not get to meet more
people during her life, but you are proof that even if she didn't get
to meet you, she can still touch your life as if she had. :-)
Mindy (Dann) Herrington
|It's so hard to believe it
has been 8 years since I last talked with, laughed with, smiled with
and made memories with my sister and best friend. Linny, everyday still
hurts, every memory of you is still bittersweet. I wish so much that I
could hug you, just one last time and have the chance to say goodbye. I
love you! Rest in Peace ♥ Lindsey Anne Schwab 05/22/84-
Jennifer Lynn Schwab
Eight years is too long to go without my sister, my best-friend..not a day goes by that I dont miss you with everything I am. *RIP Lindsey Anne Schwab* 5/22/84-5/10/02..my gardian angel, I love you.Tiffany Schwab
Thinking of all the family and friends Lindsey had to leave behind and wishing she were still here so none of them had to feel the pain they felt that day. So no one had to continue to miss their daughter, sister or friend. So each of us could celebrate her accomplishments, of which I am sure there would have been many, instead of mourning her loss.
Thank you Lindsey for teaching me how precious and unpredictable life can be.
Mindy (Dann) Herrington
passes so quickly, and sometimes we forget to remember what is most
important to us. On this day, I always reflect what is most precious in
our lives, our children, family and friends. I always take time to tell
them I love them, and to make sure it is said every day. We never know
what tomorrow brings, and what fate will bring us. Lindsey taught me
several things; to always smile, never seen her without one; to hold
friends dear, she always did; to love unconditionally, she loved
everyone around her; to embrace the future, regardless of the past and
look for the rainbows every single day. Love to you Lindsey and thank
you for being such a wonderful friend to all you knew.
A 26th Birthday Tribute to Lindsey: