Obituary: Andrew Francis Schlater, 27, Rowayton native, had passion for gardening
Andrew Francis Schlater, a resident of Rowayton, died on Sunday, July 31, in Norwalk. Born on June 10, 1989 in Stamford, he was the son of Frank and Nancy Schlater. He was a graduate of The Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, Massachusetts. He was 27.
Born and raised in Rowayton, Mr. Schlater worked for several local businesses including Rowayton Pizza, Rowayton Market and the WinePort of Darien. He also worked for Reynolds' Farms and Gilbertie's Nurseries where he developed his passion for organic gardening growing unusual and heirloom tomatoes.
Mr. Schlater was a good friend and student of Nick Mancini, lecturer and author of The Complete Organic Garden. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge and passion for organic gardening with his family and friends who benefitted from his delicious tomato harvests.
Mr. Schlater is survived by his proud and loving parents, Frank and Nancy, brother Alex and his maternal grandmother Patricia Koch of Elmhurst, Illinois. He is also survived by his many beloved and loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will gather together to celebrate his life.
The family will receive friends at the United Church of Rowayton, 210 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton on Friday, Aug. 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. A Funeral Service will follow at 3:00 PM with Pastor Karen Eiler of the Rowayton United Methodist Church with a reception to follow. Interment will be private.
Mr. Schlater gave the ultimate gift of life by donating his organs through the New England Organ Bank.
Memorial donations in Mr. Schlater's name may be made to the New England Organ Bank, 60 First Street, Waltham, MA 02451-1106 (www.neob.org), or the family's church, the Rowayton United Methodist Church, 5 Pennoyer Street, Rowayton, CT 06853. www.lawrencefuneralhome.com