Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX


Jolynn Swantkowski

November 7, 1968November 5, 2019

Jolynn Swantkowski died at home in Houston on Tuesday, the 5th of November 2019, at the age of 50. She was born on the 7th of November 1968, in Butte, Montana, the youngest of six children to parents Mary (Alexander) and Joe Rainville.

Her early childhood years were spent in Montana and Illinois; at age 11 she moved with her family to Houston.

Jolynn graduated from Baylor University and went on to obtain her Master’s in Cytogenetics from Baylor College of Medicine. She spoke Spanish fluently and worked as a Genetic Counselor before becoming a Mom, which was her true passion.

Jolynn was always spontaneous and never passed on a new adventure. Her Montana roots continued to call and traveling, whether it be to Big Sky, the Pocono’s, or Tahiti, was one of her greatest pleasures. Jolynn is preceded in death by her dad, Joe Rainville; her sister, Ronna Rainville; her brother, Randy Rainville; and her nephew, Kyle Zuleg. She is survived by her three loved and adored children, Meghan, Ryan, and Jack Swantkowski; and their dad, Jeff. She is also survived by her Mom, Mary Farrand; her sister, Jami McKissick; her brother, Rick Rainville and his wife Alice Jo; her sister, Jill Zuleg and her husband Matt; step sister, Renee Holsen and her husband Tom; step brother, Scott Farrand and his wife Beth; her step father, Chuck Farrand; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and in laws that loved her infectious laugh and who shared in her journey as she progressed through the stages of Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to her family, Jolynn was fortunate to have devoted and loyal caregivers. We are thankful for having Patricia, her primary caregiver, Kiki, Gina, Marie, and Jennifer as all part of her care team. She also received compassionate care from A*MED Community Hospice.

Her family wishes to thank all who visited, called, offered prayers, and loved her through it all. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from half-past nine o’clock until eleven o’clock in the morning on Friday, the 15th of November, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 11720 Joan of Arc in Houston.

A Mass of Christian Burial is to be offered immediately following the visitation at eleven o’clock, also at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, where Fr. Francis M. Macatangay, Pastor, will celebrate.

Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the nearby Community Center.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial donations be directed toward NCRAD Genetics Study (an Alzheimer’s family research study program), IU School of Medicine, C/O IU Foundation 0380009784, P.O. Box 6460, Indianapolis, IN 46206; or to The Kyle Zuleg Foundation, 520 Beaconsfield Ave., Naperville, IL 60565. The Kyle Zuleg Foundation was started 9 years ago after Jolynn lost her 16-year-old nephew Kyle. The Foundation supports organ donation and provides broadcasting scholarships.


15 November

Visitation with the Family

9:30 am - 11:00 am

St. Cecilia Catholic Church

11720 Joan of Arc Dr
Houston, TX 77024

15 November

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am

St. Cecilia Catholic Church

11720 Joan of Arc Dr
Houston, TX 77024


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Rebecca Hughes

November 14, 2019

I fondly remember playdates with Jolynn and the boys when they were just two years old. I remember her constant laughter and the pride in her eyes watching her boys play -- I know she is doing this from heaven now!

Patti Furman

November 13, 2019

I was very sad to hear about Jolynn's passing. I was a clinical supervisor and teacher at UT Houston Genetic Counseling program when Jolynn was a student. She was such a lovely young woman and I remember her beautiful smile and warm manner with patients. Please know she is in my thoughts.

Gino Muzzin

November 13, 2019

A special blessing from Tyler 's adopted grandfather to the family

Cynthia & Rob Griffing

November 10, 2019

JoLynn was one of my very best friends since the day we met as freshmen at Baylor University. She was kind, compassionate, silly, funny, brilliant, adventurous, and sincere. She was a loving mother, wonderful wife, and a fantastic friend. She will be missed by so many. Until we meet again, my sweet friend and former roommate!

kimberly moore

November 8, 2019

Even though I did not have the pleasure of meeting you, your family is so special to me. Thank you for raising such wonderful children who have integrity, leadership qualities, kind hearts and are very successful. I know your children loved you very much and you will be their guardian angel. May your family find peace during this difficult time.