Joanne Forrester Swentzel

Thursday 13th of April 1944 - Tuesday 11th of February 2020

Joanne Forrester Swentzel

Joanne Forrester Swentzel, 75, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family in the early afternoon of Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Joanne was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 13, 1944 to the late Joseph and Virginia (Brooks) Forrester.

 

Joanne was married to Paul Swentzel on September 17, 1966. The two met on a blind date at the Ohio State University where Joanne majored in Microchemistry.  Upon graduation, she worked as a medical technician at Cleveland Clinic and the University of Kentucky.  Later, she was the volunteer Business Manager and an advocate for the Lexington Ballet Company and a volunteer for the Lexington Chamber of Commerce. 

 

Joanne was most passionate about her family, hosting fantastic gatherings and holiday celebrations at home, Lake Cumberland, and Naples, FL.  Her love of family created cherished memories and connections that will carry on for future generations.

 

Joanne is survived by her husband of 53 years, Paul; son, Brooks (Samantha) Swentzel; daughter, Laura (Jonathan) Hellstedt; grandchildren, Brock (Ana), Jayce, Austen, Nathan, Jamesy, Drew and Emily; great-grandchildren, Kiley and Noelle; brothers, Mike and Pat (Mary Kay) Forrester; sisters, Molly (Michael Greene) Forrester, Kathy (Mike) Baker and Stephanie (Larry) Lamp; brother-in-law, Philip Swentzel; sister-in-law, Sharon; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with Mrs. Swentzel’s arrangements. Her family will observe a private ceremony.

 

In honor of her legacy and in lieu of flowers, the family of Joanne would like memorial contributions directed to Bluegrass Care Navigators, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

 

To share a remembrance of Joanne or offer condolences to her family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.

Guest Book

Pam Walerius

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My deepest sympathies to the Swentzel families. So blessed to have known her. Prayers to all.

4 months ago

Leisa Sahagian

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Our beautiful graceful Angel on earth has gone to Heaven my dear friend Joanne. Our Love and Prayers are with all of her amazing family we love you. Joanne always made time for everyone, human OR animals, she shared family stories, she shared remedies, when Joanne was with you she was there listening, laughing, giving great advice she had the biggest heart, brilliant mind those sparkling eyes and great laugh are truly going to be missed. Much love to all of you. Love, Leisa, Blane and Jacob Sahagian

4 months ago

Ron and Peggy Myers

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Paul, Brooks, Laura and all the Swentzel family, our heartfelt condolences in your loss of Joanne. Peggy and I will kept your family in our thoughts and prayers. God’s Peace and comfort be with each of you.

4 months ago

Barbara Brummett

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Prayers to Paul an family. I was so glad to know Joanne. She will be missed by. So many people. Rest In Peace sweet friend

4 months ago

Debbie Salyers

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Paul, Brooks, Laura, so very sorry to learn of your loss. Words are inadequate and can never convey the depth of sadness I feel for you all. May God give you strength In the challenging days ahead.

4 months ago

pat fisher

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Forty years ago the Lord brought someone special into my life. Her name was Joanne. I was blessed to enjoy many wonderful times with her. She may be gone but a piece of her remains in my heart. Good-by my sweet friend until we meet again in heaven. Many prayers sent out to her family.

4 months ago