Jane Swank

May 16, 1921 ‒ December 12, 2019

Loudonville, Ohio

Loudonville: Evelyn Jane Swank passed away Thursday, December 12, 2019, in McMullen Assisted Care surrounded by her family. She was 98.

She was born May 16, 1921, to parents Herschel & Savilla (Workman) Richert in Jelloway, Ohio, and graduated from Loudonville High School with the class of 1939. On May 30, 1942, she married Forest Swank and they spent 55 wonderful years together until he passed away in 1997.

Jane worked as a library assistant for the Loudonville-Perrysville School district, where she worked for several years until retiring.

Jane was a long-time member of the Loudonville United Methodist Church and very active in all service-related church activities. She was also Junior Fair Secretary and a camp counselor at Camp Wesley for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed being among and observing nature. Very content in nature, Jane particularly took pleasure in birdwatching and wildflowers.

She is survived by her sons David (Christina) Swank and Jonathan (Edith) Swank; grandchildren Michael (Jennifer) Swank, Vanessa Swank, Peter Swank, and Matthew (Melanie) Swank; siblings Martha Ann Freytag and Kermit (Donna Marie) Richert; 5 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and brother Ralph Richert.

Jane’s family would also like to thank all of her wonderful caregivers from McMullen Assisted Care and Pathways Hospice.

Jane’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel, Loudonville. A funeral service honoring Jane’s life will be held Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the Loudonville United Methodist Church, 124 N. Market Street, Loudonville. The Rev. Dr. Steven Sullivan will officiate and burial will take place prior to the funeral at 10 a.m. in Loudonville Cemetery.

Contributions in Jane’s memory to Loudonville United Methodist Church may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Jane’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all on your loss.
    Jane was such a sweet and precious lady, she will truly be missed.

  • Between church and the library, I have many special memories of Mrs. Swank and family. Blessings!Be! and may His peace comfort you during this season of life.

  • Most of my childhood 4of July memories, include our families meeting for an early morning breakfast . Your mom setting up the table wearing pedal pushers and a sleeveless blouse, her hair always perfectly in place,
    waterside state park picnic table, river music and bird song in the background, the smell of bacon cooking on the camper stove, mixed with pipe smoke from your dads pipe, a red white and blue flower arrangement to honor the day, and a pair of binoculars close at hand.
    Just as wonderful and clear, the breakfasts that followed, under the shelter in the woods your parents built.
    Your moms (and mine) love of birds, the forest, and nature became mine. I am sad to think of her no longer gracing the earth.

  • We wIll miss Jane so much. She was always so welcoming to us with her warm hug and sweet smile. She was truly the sweetest lady I’ve known.

  • I remember her and Forrest fondly from attwending school at LHS. My dad, Carl Hardesty, was custodian at LHS for many, many years working with them both at the high school . Please accept my condolences to the family.

  • Mrs. Swank was Secretary for the Loudonville Church Women for many years. I took over for her when she retired from the position. I remember going over to her house and she gave me a special box with the minutes from her years and other secretaries before her. She told me how important it was to record the history of our organization and she was right. I so enjoyed going over all the previous minutes.

    I loved seeing her in the library and she always had a smile on her face .In later years I enjoyed seeing her at McMullen Assisted Care. She was an amazing person and I am a better person for knowing her.

  • What a gracious Angel Heaven has received. I remember working with her at the library in High School…. she was the reason i went to college for library media. She always had a smile on her face and a kind and encouraging words for everyone. She was a great lady and will be missed here on earth. I know she is in a better place. Prayers for all of her family and friends.

  • Jon and Edith I am so sorry about your mom. She was a special lady and I enjoyed visiting with her when I saw her. I know her and Mary Ellen McKinley will be glad to visit in heaven