In Loving Memory: Paul John Berwanger
December 19, 1955 – May 22, 2023
It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness we announce the passing of Paul Berwanger, a remarkable individual who left an indelible mark on the lives of those around him. With a life lived to the fullest, Paul peacefully departed from this world on May 22, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, compassion, and remarkable achievements.
Born on December 19, 1955, Paul overcame a challenging childhood to become a well accomplished and good man. The death of his father when Paul was but a nine-year-old child had a particularly lasting impact on his life. Paul never forgot the time he and his father spent together playing with HO scale trains, riding the subway, and watching NYC commuter traﬃc from overpasses. Trains became his lifelong passion.
Anyone with less than Paul’s fortitude would not have turned out so well.
He grew up in Cornwall, New York where he led the high school basketball team to two consecutive undefeated seasons and state championships. He was rated as one of the top ten ballers in the country his senior year. He was heavily recruited and eventually accepted a scholarship at Boston College, leading them to a third-place finish at Madison Square Garden in the National Invitational Tournament. He later transferred to play at perennial basketball powerhouse, St. John’s University, under the tutelage of the famous Coach Lou Carnesecca. Upon graduation he played professionally in France.
Not satisfied with his first undergraduate degree in Communications, he worked at night as a police oﬃcer at the University of Toledo where he eventually graduated Summa Cum Laude with a chemical Engineering Degree. While working as a police oﬃcer he saved a life using CPR.
Paul went on to a successful career in the oil industry, specializing in computerized control. He was the author of many papers and was a featured speaker at conferences around the world.
Paul was also Chief Operating Oﬃcer at Heartful Senior Care, LLC, a thriving business founded by his loving wife, Jeannie Berwanger, the company’s CEO.
Perhaps Paul will best be remembered as the gentle giant (he stood near seven foot tall) who had a great sense of humor, a heartening laugh, an inquiring mind, and a listening ear.
He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Paul is survived by his wife, Jeannie Berwanger, and her children Terry Oswald III, Tiﬀany Wallace (and her husband Blake Wallace and young son Banks Wallace), and Trace Oswald. He also leaves behind his daughter, Brittany Berwanger (and her husband Philip Kin and his two children, John and Ava), and his sisters Trish Hamlin (and her two daughters Hannah and Anna) and Lise Helene.
Paul was particularly fond of his grandson, Banks, and they enjoyed sharing their mutual love of trains. In fact, Paul bequeathed his entire train collection to his little Conductor.
In lieu of formal services, Paul requested his passing be honored with a Celebration of Life, to be held at Boondoggles Pub on June 10 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in El Lago, Texas (a Houston suburb).
Rest in peace, Paul. Although we miss seeing you, you will forever be in our hearts.