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.
Harry & Donna Rhodussays
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Leanne Belhorn Piolatasays
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this sad time. I lived behind the Forrester Family and played with them as we grew up. Ice skated at Twin Lakes, played tag, and had Easter egg hunts. We played for many hours in their notty pine covered basement. The girls were like the sisters I never had. Joanne rest in peace and say "Hello to our parents in Heaven for me.
Margaret Roland Sullivansays
Joanne will always be part of my SMA wonderfully great memories. Many fun times with her sister, Molly, my classmate, at the Forrester home on Berwick Blvd, include Joanne. May the Peace of the Lord be with her and with her family. Maggie Sullivan
Prayers to everyone in the Swentzel family. So sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing. A wonderful person who I’m sure will be missed by many.
Brooks, I am sorry to hear about your mom passing away. Prayers to you and your family.
Paul so sorry for your loss my prayers go out to you and family, jeff