Laura Mae Swartman (York)

December 16, 1929 - November 27, 2016

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday December 17, 2016 at 11:am  (please note change of time) at First-St. Andrew’s United Church 350 Queen’s Ave, London, Ontario  to be followed by a reception in Proudfoot Hall at FSA. 

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Laura Mae Swartman (nee York)

Laura was born on the family farm near Tamworth, north of Napanee, on December 16, 1929.  She passed away in the Palliative Care Unit at the Parkwood Institute of St Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario, on Sunday November 27, 2016, surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her husband, Bob, together for almost 65 years; her children Christine (John), Tom (Hanne), Barbara (Tony), and Peter (Patty); her grandchildren, Nicki, Emily, Amanda, Laura, Benny, Ashley, Jessica, Anna, Jennifer, Bobbie, Jamie, Amber and Robyn; and her great-grandchildren, Aurora, Corbin, Marley Rose, Lily, Emilia and Ethan; and her sister, Jean Lanos.  She was predeceased by our oldest son Jim, her father and mother, Herb and Myrtle York, three brothers, Douglas, Lorne, Donald and her sister Eva Brown.

Laura graduated from Kingston General Hospital in 1951, became an RN, and celebrated her 65th anniversary of graduation from KGH this past June.  She worked in the Obstetrics department at St Joseph’s Hospital here in London for over 30 years.  Laura and Bob met on a “blind date” while Bob was a fourth-year cadet at RMC and Laura was studying for her RN exams.  They were married September 1952, and a year later Bob was posted to Germany with the RCAF.  They lived with a German family for the first year and then in PMQs.  They returned to Canada and settled in Kingston with three children, and were blessed with two more after they returned.  The family moved to London in 1964 when Bob took a job as a professor in the engineering faculty at UWO.  Laura was involved in many things over the years, Engineers Wives, bridge clubs, volunteer work at First-St. Andrew’s United Church including the UCW, and volunteer work for different charities.  She was an exceptional homemaker, spending countless hours knitting, sewing and making delicious meals for the family.

The family wishes to thank the caring health professionals on the Neurology floor at University Hospital, the ICU at University Hospital, and especially the wonderful nurses in the Palliative Care unit at Parkwood Hospital.  Special thanks to Dr. Joanne Hammond for all her care and compassion as Laura’s family physician for almost thirty years.  Thank you also to Dr. Siddiqui for the care he provided to Laura during her stay at Parkwood.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to First-St. Andrew’s United Church, London, Ontario, or to the Palliative Care Unit at the Parkwood Institute, London, Ontario would be welcome.

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