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Jane Elizabeth Swartwout

Jane Elizabeth Swartwout
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Jane Elizabeth Swartwout

June 26, 2017

Service Details

Per the family’s request, cremation has taken place. The family has asked that friends and family join them for a visitation and celebration of life .  This will be held at Riverside  Youth Center at Riverside Church in Three Rivers, MI on Friday, June 30, 2017. The visitation will be from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and the celebration of life will follow.                                                                                                      

Obituary Notice

Mrs. Jane Elizabeth Swartwout, age 85, of Three Rivers, passed away at Three Rivers Health on  Monday, June 26, 2017. Jane was born on August 1, 1931 in Three Rivers, MI, the daughter of Michael and Mary (Zellak) Boggio.

After earning her Associate's Degree, Jane worked as a registered nurse for many years at Three Rivers Hospital and in short term care facilities in Florida.   At one time, there were 3 generations of registered nurses working at Three Rivers Hospital; Jane Swartwout, her daughter Linda Vanderheyden and granddaughter Elizabeth Munro.  

She was a loving follower of her Savior Jesus Christ.  She most recently attended 9th Street Methodist Church in Three Rivers, MI.  She was involved in several groups such as the COA, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and The American Legion. She was also an American Contract Bridge League Life Master.  

Jane is preceded in death by her loving husband Lorenzo Barry Swartwout, her first husband (and father of her five children) Raymond Walter Smagala, and her parents. She is survived by her children Mary Jo (Guy) Stieglitz, Linda (Joe) Vanderheyden,  Ann (Terry) Herschberger, Raymond Smagala and Mark (Julie) Smagala.    She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, her brother James Boggio and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Gifford.

Jane was lovingly known as “Busha” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She tried her best to communicate with advanced technology such as Facebook and texting but that didn’t really work out.   Instead, her cellphone  would be by her fingertips, ready to call her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids to keep in touch with their daily activities.  

She NEVER missed a family member or friend's birthday.  She would send a card, but often would get the birth dates mixed up and send a card to the wrong person or on the wrong day.  Her cards were always appreciated and we would  laugh along with her when her birthday greetings mis-fired.   



 Donations in memory of Jane Swartwout may be made to 9th Street Methodist Church in Three Rivers, MI .                                                                                
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6 comments on article "Jane Elizabeth Swartwout"

rev. James W Stilwell

we are deeply appreciative of the time we had to get to know Jane these past two years, she had become a very important part of the Ninth Street UMC. She was very supportive of our ministries and her presence in Sunday worship and the weekly Bible Study at Woodbrook. I know that she was sad about missing our Bible Study the past few weeks.

We will miss her smile and her wonderful spirit and love for Jesus Christ.

Jim and Pam Stilwell

Jack (& Brenda) White

People talk about ”The greatest Generation ” but often times don’t understand what it means. Janie was not only part of that generation - she helped to shape it. I could honestly write a book filled with stories of the lovely lady. She had an infectious laugh that echoes in my ears as I write. Her amazing children are only one small testament to what she contributed to this Earth. And in Heaven, she will likely be welcomed not just by the family that proceeded her but by all of her old bridge partners. We’ll miss you Jane. May God hold you closely in his arms.

Mary Conner

For my dear friend Ann and her family, I send my heartfelt condolences at the loss of your dear mother and grandmother.

Elaine Giacobone

I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Jane Elizabeth Swartwout, also known as Mrs. Smagala-It’s impossible to think of her with thinking of the whole family! I am wishing you all comfort during this time and always. Peace.

Elaine Giacobone

Nancy Sult

RIP Janie. I have known you for years and have known you to be one of the nicest people I have ever known.

Kimberly I Fultz

I am sadden at the passing of Janie. My love and prayers goes out to the family who she loved and was so proud of. She was a wonderful women who I respected and loved. Rest in peace Janie I will miss you.

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