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Judith Anne Swihart

July 30, 1939April 21, 2021
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Judith Anne (Johnson) Swihart passed away on April 21, 2021 at Condell Medical Center at the age of 81. After years of bravely fighting cancer and arthritis, she passed after a fall in her Libertyville home.

Judy was born in Mt. Vernon, NY on July 30, 1939 with her twin, Jeraldine to June Johnson (Lavezzi) and Warren Douglas Johnson. They moved to Chicago later and to a mink ranch in Gurnee when she was 7. Judy graduated from Warren Twp. HS in 1957 and from Carroll College in 1961 with a BS in combined science with an education minor. At Carroll, her brother Warren introduced her to her future husband, Joe. After Carroll she returned to Warren Twp. where she taught PE and shortly became Asst. Girls Dean.

Judy married LTjg Joe Swihart in June, 1964 who after a brief honeymoon, left for his final tour in the 6th Fleet. They moved to Indiana where they became parents to five children and motherhood came easily to Judy. They then lived in Highland Park, IL and finally Libertyville. When asked, Judy said that taking care of children was never difficult for her.

As their children grew older, she returned to teaching and to taking classes herself earning a masters degree from National College of Education. Until retirement at 64, Judy loved every day she spent with her 6th grade students at Highland Middle School in Libertyville, teaching them Health and Study Skills. She treated her students with respect and in return her students respected and loved her. Many letters from students and their parents filled her thick keepsake folder and were a testament to her teaching (and her motherly) skills.

Judy struggled to accept retirement, as it offered no daily rewards as teaching had done. Finally spending winters in Arizona, she began to enjoy sightseeing, visiting with her family and other amusements like the rest of the oldsters. Both she and Joe felt that these retirement years had become the happiest of their lives, despite the great amount of her pain in the final years.

Judy is survived by her husband of nearly 57 years, Joe, her children Kathy (Megumi) Takarabe, Sue Swihart, David Swihart, Dan (Dede) Swihart, and Doug (Janet) Swihart, and 9 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Jerry Howard and brother, Warren (Barbara) Johnson. Her family finds comfort that Judy has reached freedom from pain. We will celebrate her life at a public viewing Friday evening 5/7/21 from 4-8pm at Marsh Funeral Home, Gurnee. A private funeral will be held the following day.

In lieu of flowers, Judy would appreciate your gift to the National Alliance on Mental Illness at NAMI.org.

For Funeral info: Marshfuneralhome.com or 847-336-0127

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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7, 2021

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Bonita Phipps-Harris

May 7, 2021

Prayers and Condolences to you Doug Swihart and your entire family in the passing of your loving mother. You have My Deepest Sympathy. May God Give you Comfort, Strength and Peace during this difficult time. May your Moms memories last you a lifetime. Peace and Blessings.
Bonita Harris

Sue Elsea

May 5, 2021

My sincere condolences to all the family.
To know Judy, was to have a friend for life. I had the privilege of teaching with Judy at Highland School. She reached out to everyone she knew, students and staff alike, with love and respect. Her beautiful smile and great sense of humor was appreciated by all. She was a dear friend, and I cherish the wonderful memories I have of our times together.
Sue Elsea

Karen Ritacca

April 28, 2021

Hi Dave,
I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you . I am so sorry about the death of your mom. I am sending prayers and hugs to you and your family. Please take care of yourself and what 's important.

Dawn Walker

April 27, 2021

I loved visiting Aunt Judy and Uncle Joe in Angola when I was a child. My cousins were close to us and provided fond memories in their early childhoods. Judy was a loving Aunt and mother for her wonderful children. The love and partnership between Judy and Joe was so great to witness. I will miss her! We send our love to Joe, David, Daniel, Susan, Kathy, and Doug from the Walkers in California.

Linda Miller

April 25, 2021

I wish I had just one memory , but there are so many. When I met Judy in Highland Park, I was a single working mom in her twenties. Judy was a married mom of 5, in her thirties. We have often wondered how this friendship happened, but it did. If I had to share one memory, it would be the December mornings when I had to head for the Post Office at 4 AM. I told Judy how lonely that felt, and she would get up and turn on the Christmas lights at the Swihart house to let me know I wasn't alone. I miss you my friend.

Beth LaBerge

April 25, 2021

Aunt Judy was beautiful inside and out. When we all lived in Indiana when I was a child, I loved going to her home. Her gentle nature radiated through her beautiful smile. She made Motherhood look easy as her love for her children was a joy to witness. I was blessed to be her flower girl at her wedding- a memory I cherish. Uncle Joe and Aunt Judy had a deep love between them. We are sending peace and our condolences for Judy’s family. We are so sorry for your loss.

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