Roberta J. Swift, age 58, of Waupaca, WI, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2011, at St. Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point, WI, following complications from ALS.
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Her faith and perseverance was an inspiration to her family and friends; anyone that would meet Roberta would describe her as an amazing person with an extremely kind and loving heart.
She was born in Monroe, WI, on May 26, 1953, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Mildred (Ward) Tyler.
Roberta married Harlan Swift on August 17, 1974, in Beloit, WI.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Marian College (now Marian University) of Fond du Lac, and a Master of Science degree in organizational behavior from Silver Lake College.
Roberta enjoyed providing patient care as a registered nurse in Janesville, WI, Winona, MN, and Oshkosh, WI. She found tremendous pleasure serving the Ministry Health Care community as Director of Mission and Education and as Vice-President of Mission and Culture Integration. She had volunteered her time with the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program at Holy Family Catholic Community of Fond du Lac's St. Mary Church, and with the Boards of Directors for the Fond du Lac Area Catholic Education System and the Agape Community Center in Milwaukee. She was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Community in Waupaca.
Survivors include her husband, Harlan Swift, Waupaca, her children: Matthew (Jill) Swift, Boston, MA, and Erin (Cameron) Smith, Erlanger, KY; a granddaughter, Abbigeal Smith, Erlanger, KY; brothers and sisters: Lawrence (Geri) Tyler, Cortez, FL; Judy (Bruce) Belscamper, Verona, WI; Mary (Loren, deceased) Schroeder, Sun Prairie, WI; Colleen (William) Scott, Gambrills, MD; Linda (James) Schroeder, Fort Atkinson, WI; Tom (Anne) Tyler, Pewaukee, WI; 26 nieces and nephews, and 22 grandnieces and grandnephews.
VISITATION: Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca from 5 to 7 p.m. Fr. Brian Belongia will lead a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will be offered again on Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Waupaca.
SERVICES: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7 with Bishop Robert Morneau, Fr. Keith Clark, OFM Capuchin and Fr. Brian Belongia concelebrating.
Following the Funeral Mass, a luncheon will be held at the Ale House in Waupaca.
Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Fond du Lac at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 8.
Memorial donations can be made to the ALS Association or to the Agape Community Center.
The Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements.
Fond du Lac, Wis.
Dec. 6, 2011
Published in Fond du Lac Reporter from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2011