Margaret Goerner Switzer

September 24, 1916 ‒ April 04, 2019

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Margaret Goerner Switzer, age 102, formerly of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, died peacefully on Thursday, April 4, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at the Primrose Retirement Community in Marion, Ohio, where she made her home since 2014.

On September 24, 1916, Margaret was born in Chicago, IL, one of eight children of the late Paul and Johanna (Klipphan) Goerner.

Following her graduation, Margaret enlisted to serve her beloved country in the US Women’s Army Corps on September 1, 1943.  She served as a medical secretary, a veteran of World War II.  Her service led her to being a charter member of Women in Military Service for America Memorial in the 1980’s.  She also was honored to be on the first all Women’s Honor Flight to see the WWII Memorial in Washington DC.

For the majority of Margaret’s working career, she worked as a secretary for Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, until her retirement.  She was a life member of the National Association of Educational Office Personnel; Educational Office Professionals of Ohio; and of the School Employee Retirees of Ohio, Inc. Chapter 16, Cleveland Heights.  She also volunteered for twenty plus years at Hamlet Hills Retirement Home in Chagrin Falls; Cuyahoga Community College Tri-C Eastern Campus; and for Geauga County Courts.

Very faithful, Margaret was a member of the Valley Presbyterian Church in Chagrin Falls.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Kenneth (Jennifer) Switzer Jr; three granddaughters: Amanda Switzer, Abigail Bennett, and Allison Switzer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by three brothers: Walter, Werner “Bobby” and George; and four sisters: Gertrude, Elizabeth, Helen and Eleanor.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 6 pm on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services and military honors for Margaret will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, in the chapel at the Western Reserve Memorial Gardens, 11521 Chillicothe Rd, Chesterland, with Pastor John Wahl officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Women in Military Service for America Memorial, c/o Women’s Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 420560, Washington, DC 20042-0560.

On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone at Primrose Retirement Community and Heartland Hospice for their care of “Ms. Margaret”.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Margaret’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Ken, Jennifer, Mandy, Abby, and Allie so sorry to hear about Grandmother Margaret’s passing. She was a feisty gal and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    John and Marilyn Larkin and family

  • Ken and Jennifer and family,
    Our sincere sympathy in the passing of your mother. We are unable to attend services, but we wanted to let you know that you all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Fred and Margie Saull

  • Much love to you all. Margaret was a phenomenal lady and quite the matriarch. I have wonderful memories of her, celebrating holidays together and I hope those happy thoughts are some of the ones that carry you through right now.
    With lots of love, hugs and thoughts,
    Maggie Raffel and the rest of the Raffel gang

  • Sorry for your loss. Grandmother Margaret was a true gem, one of a kind. I’ll always remember decorating the shop at Christmas time. We had a good time. I will never forget the wonderful Christmas cards she would send me every year with her kind words and sentiments. Love to you all.

  • To the Switzer Family
    Somehow it does not surprise me that Margaret lived to be 102 yrs old. I have fond memories of working many years with her in the Senior Adult Education Program at Cuyahoga Community College. A hard working and committed volunteer, she took her work seriously and was very efficient. Don’t know how we would have been able to do our jobs without her. Often she talked about her family and especially her granddaughters who she adored. I am sorry to have missed the services at the Western Reserve Memorial Gardens as it just appeared in our local paper the day of the memorial. I feel grateful to have known Margaret. She was quite an independent woman ahead of her time in many ways. My sympathy to the you all.
    Betsey Luce