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Eleanor J. Swinehart, 82, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of George R. Swinehart, passed away Monday afternoon, Aug. 26, 2013, in Lewisville, Tx.
She had become unexpectedly ill in February while visiting her daughter in Lantana, Tx. Mrs. Swinehart was born in Fort Wayne Aug. 17, 1931, a daughter of Eli and Alice (Lochner) Nicolet. She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne, and graduated from Northside High School in 1949.
On Jan. 9, 1949, she was married in Fort Wayne to George R. Swinehart. The couple spent the early years of their marriage in Fort Wayne before moving to the family farm in Green Township in 1953.
In addition to being a dedicated wife and mother, she had previously worked at Coffee, Tea & Thee in Glenbrook Mall. She had been employed as an attendant at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco since 1994, and in that capacity had endeared herself to families throughout Whitley, Noble and Allen Counties.
She was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, was past president of its United Methodist Women, and enjoyed her friends in the Red Hat Society. An expert seamstress and quilter, she did alteration work for many people, made wedding gowns for countless brides and bridesmaids, and designed costumes for community plays and pageants. She also volunteered as a childrenâ€™s leader for Bible Study Fellowship in Fort Wayne for several years.
Mr. Swinehart preceded her in death on Feb. 29, 2008.
The surviving relatives include her children, Bill G. (Diana Liechty) Swinehart of Churubusco, Cheryll (Bob) Fiorendino of Lantana, Tx., Susan (Kevin) Howlett of North Canton, Ohio and Robert C. (Lindsay) Swinehart of West Peoria, Ill.; her grandchildren, Adam Swinehart, Malinda Neith, Jaimee (Jared) Granberry, Drew Howlett, Allison (Matt) Guba, Austin Howlett, and Drake Swinehart; and her great-granddaughter, Grey Nicolet Granberry. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene Nicolet and Robert Nicolet; and grandson, Nicholas Swinehart.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 1, at Churubusco United Methodist Church with Pastor Corinne Boruff-Stucker officiating.
The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m., or at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Leo Memorial Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Churubusco United Methodist Church, 750 N. Main St., Churubusco, IN 46723. To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Swinehartâ€™s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.