Jeane Irene Swart

December 26, 1923May 4, 2019

Jeane (Blandford) Swart, 95.5 years old, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Born on December 26, 1923 in Grand Rapids Michigan to Isaac R. and Bessie Blandford. She was united in marriage on August 16, 1946, to her husband of more than 70 years, the late Henry “Hank” Swart Jr. She is survived by her children Betsey Taack, David (Nawal) Swart and Mary Harrison, 8 grandkids and 22 great grandkids and was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac and Bessie, husband Hank, her sister Betsey Hart and brother Thomas Blandford. Jeane attended North Park Elementary school and was a 1941 graduate of Creston High School, where she met her husband Hank. After graduating high school, she attended Grand Rapids Junior College in 1941 and then went on to Michigan State University in 1943, graduating in 1945 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music. She was a life-long member of Chi Omega sorority. Jeane taught vocal music for 18 years at Wealthy Elementary in East Grand Rapids starting in the mid- 1960’s. She has been a member of Second Congregational UCC since 1952, and a choir member for 64 years. She also belonged to St. Cecilia and was an accompanist for many organizations. She sang in the Grand Rapids Symphonic choir. Jeane’s first love was her family, her church and her music. Her piano was her most valuable possession. Visitation for Jeane will be Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 9 a.m. until the time of the Funeral at 11 a.m. at Second Congregational Church UCC, 525 Cheshire Drive NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Second Congregational Church, Music Projects Fund, or to Blandford Nature Center. The song is ended but the melody lingers on.


  • Visitation Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 11, 2019


Jeane Irene Swart

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Mike Lutley

May 10, 2019

Dear Jeane-
We will miss your warm smile
and your gentle listening ear,
A true friend all the while,
one so many held dear.
With pictures and stories,
many good times were shared
You were thankful for God's glories,
family and friends who truly cared.
You were kinder than any,
we do say most sincerely
Our fond memories are many,
you'll be missed most dearly.
Your allegiance was true Green
and also to White
Your Spartan Will was 'oft seen,
as your struggles you did fight.
For a wonderful life
and your love we all do thank
For being a great mother and wife,
you can now be happiest with your Hank.

5/10/2019 Affectionately,
the Lutley Family and E. Smith

Blaine Welmers

May 6, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Hank and Jeane were always an inspiration to me. I'm sure Hank will be there to greet you. And I'm sure there will be a dog by his side. May you rest in peace.