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West Resthaven Funeral Home & Resthaven Park Cemetery

6450 West Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ

OBITUARY

Lori Kathleen Swingler

April 12, 1967November 1, 2019

Lori Kathleen Swingler of Peoria, Arizona passed away on November 1, 2019 at the age of 52. Lori was born in Newport Beach, California and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Moon Valley High School in 1986 and from Arizona State University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy.

She married the love of her life, Ronald Swingler, and had three lovely children, Christopher, Katelyn, and Tyler. Lori worked for Banner University Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute as a Recreational Therapist for 25 years. Lori loved her family, coworkers and friends. She was a loving mother and wife. She loved camping, crafting, and event planning. Lori touched so many lives. She was a selfless giver, always putting others first. She was a beautiful person who will be greatly missed by all.

Lori is survived by her husband Ronald Swingler, son Christopher Swingler, daughter Katelyn Swingler, son Tyler Swingler, and brother Lawrence Luke. She is preceded in death by her parents Mr. Loren and Mrs. Lynne Luke.

A viewing will be held at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 6-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 6180 W Utopia Rd, Glendale, AZ on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 10 AM.

Services

  • Viewing Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, November 7, 2019

Memories

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Joe Swingler

November 9, 2019

I’m so grateful to have known Lori nearly my entire life. At 10 years old, it was quite entertaining to tease your older brother and his new girlfriend. What were those two doing sitting in that blue Dodge hatchback in front of the house until 2am? Then there was Lori’s fear of snakes, especially large fake ones. Sorry Lori! As I became more mature, so did our relationship. At their beautiful wedding, I recall how happy Ron and Lori were. Shortly after, I helped Ron and Lori landscape their new yard. Lori was so grateful, constantly providing snacks, drinks, macaroni-n-cheese and lots of back scratchies! Years passed and her constant love towards those around her only grew stronger. Lori shined through her gifts, which were always covered with candy, making everyone’s birthday feel special. The Swingler family loves camping and Lori fit right in. Whether it was snacks for kids or goodies by the fire, her love continued to be present. Lori was such a wonderful aunt to my children. She attended so many shows and always made my two girls feel special. We will miss her wonderful laughter. We will miss her spectacular parties, especially during the holidays. God gave her an incredible talent and we all knew it. Now, Lori gets to throw a big party in heaven and will give the Lord the most wonderful gift of all. Her beautiful spirit. We love you Lori!

Teresa Swingler

November 9, 2019

Lori made every holiday special with her flair for decorating, thoughtful kindness, and her creativity. She was the hostess with the mostest. She put love into creating celebrations and was ready to celebrate everything. She was an amazing gift giver, and found ways to make people around her feel special. She was a wonderful aunt to my two daughters and they treasure the time and care she put into making such a big deal about the things that were important to them from their birthdays, to their dance recitals to their theatre performances. One of my favorite memories of her is when we had her 50th birthday party at our house. We had a large sparkler candle on her birthday cake and when we lit it she screamed in laughter. She had the best laugh and such a wonderful sense of humor. I had the great gift of talking with her in the hospital one last time before she went to heaven. She talked about how much she loved her husband, Ron, and her 3 children and how she needed to know they would be ok and taken care of. She was a loving wife, mother, sister-in-law, aunt and friend. I miss her so much. Heaven is a brighter place with her in it.

Grace O'Leary

November 8, 2019

During my internship, I always looked to Lori for guidance. She was so supportive and I learned so much from her. I always felt so comforted when I saw her and knew she would be there to support me.

Candice Finkelstein

November 5, 2019

One of my most remembered memories of Lori was when I was young and I stayed the night at Uncle Ron and Aunt Lori’s house. I remember sleeping on their sofa couch bed and going to the craft store with Aunt Lori. I also remember her making balloons on Christopher’s first birthday shirt with puffy paint when I was there. Though a simple memory it impacted me greatly and I loved spending that time with her. ❤️

Shelley Ozbirn

November 5, 2019

You welcomed all of our family with open arms and a beautiful smile. It's amazing how you remembered the little things about each of us, like what we liked to do, or where we might want to go. And you were always up for taking us somewhere fun when we visited you, no matter how many times you'd already been. Thank you for being there for us, and for your care, love and laughter. We miss you so much.
Love, Shelley and David Ozbirn

Dan Swingler

November 5, 2019

Dot and I will miss you with your gifts wrapped with candy bars attached creating a new tradition for the Swingler family. You told us you had to go to college to learn that. Your witty remarks we will always remember, along with the fun camping trips that you loved so much. Your caring for others that now we are just finding out about. God sent angels among us and you surely was one. I say a short prayer every time I hear a Jet Fighter fly over our house in Sun City, AZ for the pilot safety protecting our country, but now in addition I will remember you flying over on your angel wings. Dot and I loved you very much and we will be there for Ron and our Grandchildren till we meet you in heaven,

Ron Swingler

November 5, 2019

Lori my sweetheart, I miss your hugs. I miss your kisses. I miss your beautiful face. I miss waking up to you. I miss your joyous laughter. I miss your smile. I miss your caring. I miss your creativity. I miss your thoughtfulness. I miss watching tv with you. I miss going out to dinner with you. I miss going camping with you. I miss going to the movies with you. I miss going on vacation with you. I just miss YOU! Heaven received an extra special angel. I love and miss you so much and I can't wait to see you in heaven. Spread your wings wide and soar high my love.

Your loving husband,
Ron. ❤