Herta Swartzbaugh

January 4, 1942November 23, 2017
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Herta G. Swartzbaugh passed from this life on November 23, 2017 with her husband Sam by her side. Herta was born on January 4, 1942 in Heidelberg, Germany to Wendelin J. and Marie (Froehlich) Geiser. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Kurt Geiser and grandson, Samuel J. Swartzbaugh. Sam and Herta were married at the Heidelberg castle on May 5, 1969. She is survived by her husband Sam, children: Martin (Marla) Swartzbaugh, Daniel Swartzbaugh and Bettina (Paul) Carrell, all of West Salem, IL. Grandchildren include: Madison Swartzbaugh, Eli Steber, Bryton Steber, Brianna Swartzbaugh, Jacob Carrell, Makayla Carrell, John Carrell and Aaron Carrell, to be arriving in February. Memorials may be made to Carle Richland Memorial Long Term Care Unit. Visitation will be Monday, November 27, 2017 from 6 to 8 PM at Ingram Funeral Home in West Salem. Funeral service will be Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 10AM at the funeral home with burial to follow at the Moravian Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at Ingram Funeral Home of West Salem is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Visitation Monday, November 27, 2017
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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Gerd Beyer

November 24, 2018

To my remarks from today, just done fore...sorry,
I should have included Hans Geiser and wife too.

Gerd Beyer

Gerd Beyer

November 24, 2018

Memories in the quiet November 2018 ...

Yesterday and today, and also the following days a year ago - those were days of sadness - but now days of thankful remembrance of such a lovely person!

Herta - Your family will miss you just in the days before your German Christmas, and us for nice conversations on the phone! We have you in mind.
Our thoughts are with your family - with Sam and your children with families.

On behalf of the Froehlich's in Augsburg and Bad Rappenau, the Beyer's and the Schwellnus'

Gerd Beyer, LtCol ret

Margaret & Richard Elliott

December 1, 2017

Our sympathies to the family of Herta Swartzbaugh. She was friendly and helpful when we dropped in unannounced to ask for some genealogy help. The men exchanged war stories while the women talked about family history. We also appreciated her continued help with translating some documents written in German.

Gerd Beyer

November 28, 2017

On the occasion of the memorial service and funeral of beloved Herta we lit candles in Augsburg-Königsbrunn, Bad Rappenau and Ulm (at 10 am CTZ) . Our thoughts were with Herta and you in West Salem.
Both of the Froehlich's and the Beyer's in Old Germany

Gerd Beyer

November 27, 2017

She left much too soon, but she will always live in our hearts. We are grateful for the hospitality in West Salem, as well as for the many hours of telephone talk.
Our thoughts and sympathy are with you beloved Sam and Martin's, Daniel's and Bettina's families.
It will comfort you to know that Herta can now rest in peace without pain.
Liebe Herta, Ruhe in Frieden!
On behalf of the Fröhlich's (Augsburg & Bad Rappenau) and the Beyer's (Ulm)
Gerd and Renate Beyer Germany

Ulla Schwellnus

November 26, 2017

Very sorry for your loss. In Gedanken sind wir bei Sam,Martin,Daniel u Bettina . Ulla u Heiner Heidelberg

Mindy Newsum

November 25, 2017

I am so VERY SORRY, for your loss. She was so sweet, kind, thoughtful, caring, hard working and giving. She will be greatly missed. (((Hugs))) Thiughts and Prayers! Love you

Anita Couts

November 24, 2017

Herta was such a beautiful soul, kind and loving to so many. She was dedicated to her family and always wrote such wonderful Christmas letters. She will be missed by all.

Mary Beth Smith

November 24, 2017

So very sorry for your loss.

Leslie Luthe

November 24, 2017

Martin, Daniel and deepest sympathy in the loss of your sweet mama! She was one of the nicest people I know, even if we didn't see each other much. I always enjoyed visiting with her when I saw her. She will be greatly missed.