OBITUARY

Margie A Schwerdt

June 22, 1946May 11, 2018

Margie Ann Hall Schwerdt Margie was born June 22, 1946 to Alice Smith Hall and Bert Hall. Margie lived most of her life in Tampa. She worked several jobs and her last job for the past seventeen years was with The Moffitt Cancer Center. In January 2001 Margie was hired at the Moffitt Cancer Center as a Patient Greeter and Facilitator. Over these seventeen years, her outgoing and caring personality became the welcoming face of Moffitt. She cheered and helped hundreds of cancer patients over this period of time. In 2009, she was voted by the Moffitt management the “award of excellence”. She loved the employees at Moffitt and they became an integral part of Margie’s family life. Margie experienced two serious surgeries during her life. She had colorectal cancer that resulted in her requiring a colostomy bag for the rest of her life. Later, while employed at Moffitt, she had an aneurism in her brain that was removed. Both of these surgeries were successful. All of this experience gave her greater insight into the trauma experienced by cancer patients. Her empathy with the patients was real and heart felt. The Moffitt human resource office featured Margie as a spokesperson on at least one local TV program, and she became the spokesperson for colorectal cancer screening within the Moffitt community. We learned a great deal about Margie thru her personal friends and related Facebook postings. Some of what we learned about her is what follows. Over her seventeen years at Moffitt Margie made positive and dramatic contributions to the flow of patients thru the Moffitt doors. Margie loved everyone she greeted. It didn’t matter what their age, their illness, or whether they were there as a patient, family member or friend, she loved them all; and she demonstrated her love thru her hugs, her words, and her body language. To her, they were all “Honey”, “Baby”, “Sugar” or any other term of endearment that came to mind. There was not a discriminatory bone in her body. We also believe that the worth of one’s character is measured by the trial of adversity. Throughout Margie’s life she dealt with adversity with the same outgoing embrace with which she greeted the hundreds of patients who crossed the Moffitt Threshold. I believe that most of us wish to know that we have served a cause that is larger than ourselves. Margie has indeed served a larger cause than herself in this life. When Margie crossed into eternity Friday, May 11, 2018, and met God, I suspect, she threw her arms around God, called God “Honey”, and said, “What can I do to help here in heaven”. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert Hall and Alice Hall-Sticksel. Margie is survived by her husband of 20 years, Bill Schwerdt, her children; Michael McBryer (Kathy), Tammi Schwerdt, Bret Schwerdt (Iris), Barry Schwerdt (Robyn) and Heidi Turner (Steve), brothers; Lincoln Hall (Lillian), and Norman Hall (Eileen), grandchildren Keifer and Kelly, brother in law, Dan Ryll (Jill), and many other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Margie A Schwerdt

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Heidi Schwerdt Turner

May 23, 2018

I still remember the day my dad and Margie came over and it was the first time meeting my stepmom over 20 years ago, after opening the door, my dad said meet your new stepmom Margie. She immediately gave me a big hug and kiss like Margie does and from that moment on I was proud to call her mom. I will forever miss her hugs, kisses, loving heart and encouraging words. May you rest in peace

Bonnie Kremske

May 17, 2018

I was so blessed to have Margie in my life. I had the pleasure of working with her and she became a dear friend. A angel sent from heaven. My heart breaks knowing I will not see her smiling loving face in the hallway. She was loved by many and she gave hope and encouragement to so many people including myself and my beloved husband, Tom who lost his battle to cancer. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. You will always hold a special place in my heart. I love you Margie. Heaven has gained another angel.

Wanda Smith Wallace

May 16, 2018

Margie was my first cousin and we shared fun memories from our childhood, especially with all our aunts and uncles. She had the biggest heart and was the most thoughtful of caregivers and will be so missed by so many people. Our loss is heaven's gain.

Wanda & Doug Paxton

May 15, 2018

Margie never was too busy to come out from the information desk to hug people and make them feel loved and special at a time in their lives when that extra care really was uplifting. She was bold in her Christian witness and touched so many lives we will miss her till we see her again! Our love and prayers are with you in her family.

Wanda and Marcy Devlin

May 15, 2018

Karen Cain

May 14, 2018

Margie AKA:" mother hen"...she always had a smile and hug for everyone! Margie's laugh and "Hello Honey", will always be remembered in my heart. She touched so many people and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Margie...I love you!
Karen Cain

FROM THE FAMILY