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Shirley (Gerrard) Swartz

December 27, 1935 ~ November 28, 2020 (age 84)


Shirley Swartz, 84, of La Salle, passed away November 28, 2020 in Pleasant View Nursing Home in Ottawa.

Graveside services will be 11:00 AM Thursday in Oakwood Cemetery in La Salle with The Very Rev. Paul Carlson officiating.  Visitation will be in the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM on Thursday.

Mrs. Swartz was born in Piety Hill on December 27, 1935 to John and Marie (Kowalski) Gerrard.  She married James Swartz and he died in September of 1991.  She was a cook at St. Roch’s Grade School and also worked at A&P Supermarket in La Salle.

She enjoyed cooking and baking.

Mrs. Swartz is survived by one daughter, Susan Swartz, two sons, John F. and James Swartz; four grandchildren, Sarah, Nick, April and Alissa; and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband James, half-brother Ed Kowalski, one brother John Jack Gerrard and three sisters, Thelma Ward, Roberta Sarosinski and Marilyn Gerrard.

Memorials may be directed to the Illinois Valley Food Pantry or Lily Pads in Peru. 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Shirley (Gerrard) Swartz, please visit our floral store.


December 3, 2020

9:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Hurst Funeral Home in LaSalle
650 Fifth St.
La Salle, IL 61301

Graveside Service
December 3, 2020

11:00 AM
Oakwood Cemetery
E 5th Rd
LaSalle, IL

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