SWEINSBERGER Joan F. Sweinsberger, 89, of Columbus, OH, passed away at the Riverside Methodist Hospital on Monday, January 24, 2011, with her loving family by her side. Joan was born on December 29, 1921 in Columbus, OH, to the late Charles L. and Loretta (Frech) Ims. Joan graduated from the St. Joseph's Academy, class of '39. Shortly after high school she moved to the Washington DC area to work for the O.S.S. (predecessor to the CIA) during WWII, later she briefly lived in New York City and then moved back to the Columbus area. After the war, she met the late Mr. Robert H. Sweinsberger, but it wasn't until January 24, 1948 that he finally talked her into marrying him. They celebrated over 41 years together before his passing in 1990. As said by her children, she was a hard worker and loved to shop. She spent over 20 years working for Talbot's on Lane Ave. Sometimes she worked so she could shop. Joan had a great sense of humor, but at the same time was every part the lady. Whether it was chugging a Stein of beer in Germany or sitting in the back of a convertible cruising down Highway 1 with her daughters, she always held her own. Joan was a deep spiritual person and touched many people in her life time. She taught her family the value of faith and hope. A member of St. Agatha Catholic Church since 1956, she will be dearly missed by her family as well as her church family. Along with her parents and husband Joan is preceded in death by her son Thomas E. Sweinsberger. Her survivors include her children, Richard (Madeline) Sweinsberger of Medina, Joanne Sweinsberger of IL, Ellen Sweinsberger of Galloway, Terri (Al) Gawell of Dublin, Robert Sweinsberger of FL; grandmother of, Jenny, TR, Joshua, Elizabeth, Courtney, Chelsea, Caitlin, and Cole; great grandmother of nine. She is also survived by sister, Martha Rodenfels of Cleveland, and many other loving relatives and friends. The family will be receiving friends with a happy heart at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd., Upper Arlington on Friday from 4-8 p.m. A celebration of life Mass will be held at St. Agatha Catholic Church, 1860 Northam Rd. Upper Arlington Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 10 a.m. Fr. Daniel Ochs officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Contributions to may be made to St. Agatha Catholic Church and the Sisters of Notre Dame in her honor. Visit www.schoedinger.com to sign an online guest book or to share a story about Joan.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 27, 2011