Richard SZWAJA

Age 55 Of Woodbury On Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Richard Szwaja finally received his pilot wings, and crossed over into the greater realm of Glory. He was preceded in death by his grandparents John and Mary, his parents Leo and Jane and his brother Robert. He is survived by; wife Robin; children John, Joseph, and Joy; step-children Myles and Selene; granddaughter Julia Eva Marie; aunt Josephine; and nieces Erin and Valerie. Rich was born in Passaic, NJ on August 19,1957. One of Rich's greatest loves and enjoyment was to play instruments and create melodies unto the Lord. Whenever he heard music being performed, he would get out his clarinet and start playing along. In 1975 he was awarded a full scholarship to Seton Hall University, where he graduated with highest honors in the field of Finance and Marketing. Upon graduating from college he was hired by The St. Paul Companies and moved to Minnesota. Rich worked hard and rose through the ranks to provide a good living for himself and his family. He took great pride in his children's educational experiences. He loved watching all three of them play basketball and continued following their careers at the colligate level. In the fall of 2011, Rich married Robin Thomas. Rich and Robin attend Harvestime Global Ministries in Brooklyn Park. Rich was the Chairman of the Board of Glory Invasion Ministry. The ministry helps reach those on the wayside who are victims of human trafficking in Moldova, the epicenter of the fastest growing crime syndicate in the world. God called Rich, whose heart is as big as his frame, to free his children and restore their God given identity. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Glory Invasion Ministry for the victims of human trafficking. The Home Going Celebration will be held on Dec 17, 2012 at Living Word Christian Center, 9201 75th Avenue N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428. The service begins at 2 pm, with fellowship to follow. 651-645-1233


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Twin Cities Cremation
1598 Carroll Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104-5331
(651) 645-1233

Published in Pioneer Press on Dec. 16, 2012