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Adele Horde Swejkar Obituary

Manitowoc Herald Times, Sat 25 Feb 1956, p. M-11:


Mrs. Swejkar Dies; Leader in Red Cross


TWO RIVERS— Mrs. Frank Swejkar, 55, of 1615 – 17th St., production chairman of the Two Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross since 1941 and originator of the Nativity Crib, died unexpectedly of a heart condition at her home late Friday afternoon. 


Mrs. Swejkar had been in ill health for nearly a year but had still been active in Red Cross work. She was resting in bed when stricken. 


“The loss of Mrs. Swejkar will be keenly felt by our Red Cross branch and will be difficult to replace.” L. J. Schmeichel, unit president, said Saturday. “She was recognized statewide for her exceptional leadership in production work.”


Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, Two Rivers and at 10 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. C. V. Hugo officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery here.


Mrs. Swejkar, nee Adele Horde, was born at Stephenson, Mich., on Jan. 26, 1901, a daughter of Albert and the late Rose Horde. She attended schools at Stephenson and also the Wisconsin State College at Stevens Point.


In November, 1938, she was marred at Stephenson to Frank Swejkar, a well known former Two Rivers baseball player and bowler. 


As spiritual development chairman of the Manitowoc County deanery of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Mrs. Swejkar planned and developed the Nativity Crib in Central Park in 1942. She supervised the installation at the Christmas holiday season each year and added figures when necessary. 


Since 1941, despite her illness, she retained the chairmanship of the production division of the Red Cross here. Her department gained wide recognition during the World War II years for its knitting of sweaters and sewing for the Red Cross.


Active in circles of St. Luke parish, she was a member of the Catholic Apostolate, Third Order of St. Francis, Altar Society and the Catholic Women’s Study Club. Although she never held an office, she was active in the Auxiliary of the Eleven Gold Star Post 1248, Veterans of Foreign Wars.


As a hobby she wrote lyrics for songs in recent years. A song, “Voices in the Night,” was published and copyrighted in 1951.


Besides her husband and father, Mrs. Swejkar leaves a son, Richard of Newcastle, Ind., and two sisters, Mrs. George Miller of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich, and Mrs. Kurt Card of Petoskey, Mich.


Friends may cal at the funeral chapel after 2 p.m. Sunday where the Rosary will be recited at 7:45 p.m. Sunday.


Announcement was made by Mrs. William C. Dufano, president of the VFW Auxiliary, that members of the organization will pay their respects at the funeral chapel at 7 p.m. Monday. 

Owner/SourceManitowoc Herald-Times
Date25 Feb 1956
Linked toAdele HORDE

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