Nina Kragh Schwartz Librarian and Activist Dies at 89

Nina Kragh Schwartz, age 89, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at her home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

David and Nina Schwartz

Born January 30, 1926 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Caroline Peterson Kragh.

Nina served from 1970 until she retired in 1991 as head librarian and taught English and History at the St. Alban’s Lower School and the Beauvoir School, both in Washington, D.C.

She was previously employed at the U. S. Library of Congress and was a 1947 graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree in labor economics.

Active in her retirement, she was an avid quilter and member of Delectable Mountain Quilters, a painter, a gardener and a board member of the Morgan County Public Library.

As a children’s librarian, she shared her passion for books and literature with all she met.

Nina will be missed by a worldwide circle of friends.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, David Samuel Schwartz, at home and their son Erik Schwartz of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 & 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 95 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

Services and interment will be private. Contributions in her memory may be made to Wind Dance Farm & Earth Education Center, 649 Virginia Line Road, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

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