Eleanor Reist Swartz, 94, of West Liberty, passed away at 3:08 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Green Hills Inn.
She was born in Scottsdale, Pennsylvania on June 13, 1918 to the late Henry Frank and Lulu Greenwalt Reist. On December 20, 1939 she married Samuel Coffman Swartz and he preceded her in death on October 16, 2002.
She is also survived by three daughters, Linda Roth of West Liberty, Margaret (Cliff) Hensel of Arcanum and Jan (Jim) Erb of Hesston, Kansas; three sons, Chuck (Jeanie) Swartz of Bellefontaine, Keith (Emma) Swartz of Harrisonville, Missouri, and Karl (Myra) Swartz of Wichita, Kansas; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Eleanor Shumaker. She was preceded in death by a grandson, J.C. Swartz; a sister, Maurine Finley; and a brother Robert Reist; and a son-in-law, Robert Roth.
A retired middle school English teacher, Eleanor was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church in West Liberty and was one of the original volunteers with Global Crafts. She was also an avid reader who enjoyed crossword puzzles and especially interacting with other people.
A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bethel Mennonite Church in West Liberty with Pastor David Maurer and Pastor Paul Conrad officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, September 14th from 5-7 p.m. at the Kauffman-Eichholtz Funeral Home in West Liberty and one hour prior to the funeral at the church. A committal service will be conducted in Philadelphia Cemetery in Union Township by Eleanor’s three sons.
Memorial contribution may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, Senior Independence Hospice or Green Hills Retirement Community.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Kauffman-Eichholtz Funeral Home in West Liberty.
Condolences may be expressed at www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.