Joanne Forrester Swentzel
Thursday 13th of April 1944 - Tuesday 11th of February 2020
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.
I am so sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing. I worked with Joanne when she worked in Pediatrics at U.K. She was such a lovely person and I learned a lot from her. Over about 35 years since then, I would see her when she and Paul were out and about, and I always enjoyed the stories she would tell as the kids grew up. Please know you are in my thoughts as you celebrate Joanne’s life.
The Backiewicz Familysays
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We know how much you all love being together at the lake, Naples and Lexington. Such a special legacy.
My deepest condolences and prayers for the family in this time of great loss.
Helen Kilby Markssays
Dear Paul, Brooks, Laura & all of the family, so very sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing! Sending much love & big hugs to all of you. You will be in my thoughts & prayers! Helen
Rose stoltmann-Richards & Dr. Richardssays
So sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this very difficult time.
My deepest condolences to everyone in the family. Joanne was a lovely, gracious woman and she will be missed.