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Notre Dame family says goodbye to Michael Schwass
Date: 9/19/2010 Album ID: 1079500
Photos by Allen Kaleta
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed   after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend throughout the country. The MVP award for the Illinois High School hockey championships is named after him. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Members of the congregation hug during the exchange of peace greetings during mass.
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed  after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Members of the congregation hug during the exchange of peace greetings during mass.
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed  after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Members of the congregation hug during the exchange of peace greetings during mass.
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed  after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Members of the congregation hug during the exchange of peace greetings during mass.
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed  after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Family members and friends guide the coffin of Michael Schwass out of the chapel.
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed   after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Family members and friends carry  the coffin of Michael Schwass to the hearse.
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed  after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Family members and friends carry  the coffin of Michael Schwass to the hearse.
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed  after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Family members and friends carry  the coffin of Michael Schwass to the hearse.
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed  after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Michael's brother, Jim, wears a pin bearing Michael's hockey jersey number 21.
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed  after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010

Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed  after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Jim Schwass eulogizes his brother telling the congregation about his brother's determination and positive outlook on life despite his injury.
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed  after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Jim Schwass eulogizes his brother telling the congregation about his brother's determination and positive outlook on life despite his injury.
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Pall bearers Anthony Galante (left) and Alex Bruce console each other after placing the coffin of their uncle Michael Schwass in the hearse for its trip to cemetery 
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Pall bearers Anthony Galante (left) and Alex Bruce console each other after placing the coffin of their uncle Michael Schwass in the hearse for its trip to All Saints cemetery. 
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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Niles-Saturday- September 18-2010
Pall bearers Anthony Galante (left) and Alex Bruce console each other after placing the coffin of their uncle Michael Schwass in the hearse for its trip to All Saints cemetery. 
Mourners packed the chapel at Notre Dame High School in Niles for the funeral mass of Michael Schwass a well-known Notre Dame graduate who spent the last 35 years of his life paralyzed after a hockey accident in 1975.  His approach toward  life and his rehabilitation along with his work inspiring other spinal cord injury patients made him a legend. 
(Allen Kaleta/for STM)
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