Isabel Sweigart, 81, EHS grad, Farmers First Bank retiree, enjoyed volunteering, sports

By on July 18, 2018

Isabel Sweigart, 81, formerly of Ephrata and Akron passed away on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Luther Acres in Lititz, where she resided for the past six years.

Isabel was born on July 20, 1936, the daughter of late Miriam (Weaver) and Emile Gerard. She was the wife of the late Leon R. Sweigart, who passed away on Feb. 4, 2012.

Isabel was raised in Akron, and graduated from Ephrata High School, Class of 1954.

During her professional career, Isabel was the office manager of the General Cigar Company and retired from Farmers First Bank after 25 years of employment as a customer service representative.

Isabel was a member of the Hope United Methodist Church in Ephrata, and she was a former member of the both the Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in Ephrata, and the Ephrata Church of the Brethren.

Isabel was a former member of the Cloister Chapter of Eastern Star, the Ephrata Lioness Club, the Ephrata Golden Years Club, and the Warner Lambert Retirees Club, where she served many years as the club treasurer.

Isabel enjoyed volunteering, traveling, following the local sports teams, entertaining friends, and spending time with her family at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Isabel is survived by her daughter: Gail Gross, companion of Dr. Gerald Willwerth of Chambersburg; and her son: Kerry L. Sweigart, companion of Ava Earhart of Wyomissing. Also surviving are three grandchildren: Dr. Michelle Wilcox of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Christopher Gross, the husband of Jennifer Gross of Lititz; and Mackenzie Sweigart of Shillington; and one great-grandson: Christian Wilcox of Mount Pleasant, S.C.

In addition to her husband and parents, Isabel was preceded in death by her brothers: Floyd Horst, Kelso Horst, Richard Horst, and Paul Gerard; and her sisters: Edith Horst and Emily Lied.

Services were held at Hope U. M. Church, Ephrata, on July 16, officiated by the Rev. Jim Bongard. Interment followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Ephrata.

Isabel’s family would like to thank the staff of Luthercare for the wonderful and compassionate care that had been provided to Isabel over the past six years.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations in Isabel’s name to Hope U.M. Church, 3474 Rothsville Road, Ephrata, PA 17522.

To send an online condolence, visit gravenorhomeforfunerals.com. Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, handled the arrangements.

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