Viola H. Swartz

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Viola H. Swartz Viola Hope Hetzel Swartz was born November 1925, in Fort Lewis, WA and died December 19, 2013 in Lacey, WA. She is predeceased by her parents, Harold A. and Martha (Mischke) Hansen, first husband, Col. Foster G. Hetzel, Jr., second husband, Peter L. Swartz and brother, Ralph Hansen. She attended Seattle Public Schools, the U of WA (BAs, History & Library Science) and the U of IL (MA, Library Science). She was member of the American Library Association, Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Phi Mu. In 1951, she began a career with the American Red Cross and was a professional librarian in Kansas, Germany and Korea. Viola met Foster Hetzel in Germany and they married in 1954. For many years in Europe, Asia and the US, Vi was an active military wife alongside her Red Cross duties, and was involved in many American and German women's groups. Her main goal with these groups was introducing newly arrived Army wives to German culture and way of life at a time when American society had little interaction with other cultures. She wanted two cultures she loved to understand one another despite a chronic American reluctance to learn the German language, so her German language skills from UW were invaluable. Foster ended active duty and returned to the US as a reserve officer in 1970. They settled in Camp Hill, PA where Viola continued her career as librarian in the local public library. She and Foster later lived in Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg, PA until Foster's retirement in 1991 and death in 1993. In 1995, Vi moved back to Seattle and settled in Panorama City in Lacey, WA in 1996. She met widower Peter Swartz there in 1997 and they married in 1998. Viola continued her active volunteer life in Lacey. Viola is survived by nieces, Gail Rouse, Cathy Clayburgh and grand niece, Shawna Rouse, all of Seattle; west coast step children, Stan (Linda), Bill (Donna), Tom and Marion (Chris), with Barbara A. Ellsworth on the east coast; several step grandchildren, including Stephanie (Bill), and step great grandchildren. Charities Viola supported included the Panorama Benevolent Fund, the Panorama Employee Benevelant Fund, the Lacey, WA Timberland Library, the Alzheimer's Association, the Thurston County, WA Joint Animal Services, the Army Emergency Relief Fund and the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. A brief burial service for Viola will be held at Arlington National Cemetary in Arlington, VA when the Army can schedule it. Home is where the Army sends you. A more complete obituary is available at www

Published in The Olympian on Jan. 12, 2014
Viola H Swartz
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