Esther M. Swagman

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January 28, 1931 - August 7, 2018
Born in St. Paul, MO
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Esther Swagman (nee Kruse), of O'Fallon, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at the age of 87. Loving wife of the late Cletus John Swagman; beloved daughter of the late Henry Joseph and Catherine Marie Kruse; devoted mother of Bob (Rhonda) Swagman, Jim (Pat) Swagman, Larry (Lisa) Swagman, and Mary (David) Wilmes; proud grandmother of Jon Swagman, Ben Swagman, April Swagman-Hall, Brandon Swagman, Chad Swagman, Katy Pieper, Kristen Stamulis, Kara Nelson, Austin Swagman, Alyssa Abbott, and Abby Wilmes; treasured great-grandmother of Zack, Zoey, Tyler, Anderson, Evan, Miles, and Avery; cherished sister of Joan Krekeler, Jackie Mueller, Henry (Kathy) Kruse, and Lois (Dallas) Hamilton; and dear sister-in-law of Ruth Hallemeier and Charles Halter. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Kathleen Cook, Ethel Cochran, Pat Schone, Dorothy Garey, and Elmer Kruse.

Esther was a member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church and Ladies Sodality. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, watching the St. Louis Cardinals, and visiting with her friends. Most of all, Esther enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Memorial contributions may be made in Esther’s honor to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or Masses.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Lori Dohrman August 9, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    To the very dear family,
    I am so heartbroken to learn of Esther’s passing. She was a wonderful neighbor, an amazing woman & friend. I just really can’t imagine being next door without her. All I can say is what a wonderful family! The way each of you cared for her, her yard, land and home would make all mothers full of pride & praise! I will be keeping each of you in my prayers
    Love, Lori Dohrman, Jeff, Rachel, & Sarah

  2. Laura Curran August 9, 2018 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    candle 7Dear Mary, Dave, Alyssa, Justin, and Abby,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom and grandma. She is a beautiful person. Know we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Sending prayers for all who love and will miss her.
    Best wishes,
    Laura & Kevin Curran family

  3. Debbie and Rusty Harmon August 9, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    candle 1We are so very sorry for your loss, Jim and Patti. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Sue Park August 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Dear Bob and Family – I am so sorry for your loss of your mother. I was honored to meet your Mom during a few family events beginning with your wedding to my sister and I thought she was a beautiful and sweet lady. As I followed various Facebook posts from many states away, I always recalled her as happy to be with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and, of course, very beautiful. I have you and all of your siblings and families in my prayers as you continue life on earth without your mother. There is joy in that now she and your Dad are reunited in heaven. I am proud to be related to you and to have had the good fortune to visit with your Mom on those events with the family I was able to attend. Love, Sue and your Texas Family

    • bob swagman August 14, 2018 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      thank you Sue

  5. Kimberly a Sales August 10, 2018 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Bob so sorry for u and ur sibs. We recall all to well losing our mama unexpectedly. U and ur family are in our prayers.

    Love to all,

  6. Joe and Gina Bennett August 10, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

    candle 3Jim and Pat,
    Our condolences for the loss of your mother .

  7. Mike Anderson August 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm - Reply


    So sad to hear about the passing of your mom!….Please know that you and your family are in our prayers during this time…

    Mike and Chris

    • bob swagman August 14, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      thank you Mike and Chris

  8. Doug Wolfe August 10, 2018 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Bob, my mother is also named Esther…and it reminds me that her time is not very far off as well. I never know what to say in these events other than I wish you peace…

    Doug Wolfe

    • bob swagman August 14, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      thank you Doug

  9. Jean Davis August 10, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    candle 8Bob, Jim, Larry, and Mary …..

    Sharing in your sadness at the passing of your mom. Aunt Esther was a wonderful woman and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you and your families. My God bless both your parents as they are now reunited together in heaven.

    Jean Davis

  10. Wanita Morris August 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Jiim Patty and family So sorry for the passing of your mother and grandma. Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers for peace and comfort at this difficult time in your lives. Even tho I did not know your mother I do know you all loved her very much and will miss her very much. God’s Blessings.

  11. Gary and Joan Schellert August 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    candle 1To the Swagman family,
    Wishing our heartfelt sympathy to all of you in the passing of your mother. Over the years, would see her at family gatherings, picnics, and she always had a smile and greeting! She and your dad were blessed with some very awesome children. I never knew her maiden name until today. She was born a Kruse! May she Rest in Peace!

  12. John Lopez August 10, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    candle 7Bob,

    Praying for you and your family. Sorry for your families loss. Love you brother!! The Lopez’s

    • bob swagman August 14, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you John

  13. Tina Watson August 10, 2018 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    candle 8Sending Prayers to the family .
    God Bless you.

  14. Tina Watson August 10, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    candle 8Bob , my prayers are with you and your family
    God Bless

  15. Barbara Anderton August 10, 2018 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Esther. She was an outstanding woman and I loved her very much. She lived her faith and was loyal and faithful to her God. She was one of the most generous and giving people I know. She was very unselfish and caring. When talking to others she always focused on them and their problems and sacrifically put hers aside. And I loved her wit and her sweetness. You don’t find too many people like Esther in the world. I will greatly miss her.

  16. Lois Schipper August 10, 2018 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Dear Bob……. Though it has been long since I’ve seen Esther……. I remember her as a loving mother and indeed a very pleasant lady. May she rest in peace
    Lois Schipper

  17. Jeff and Angie Thieme August 12, 2018 at 9:32 am - Reply

    candle 5We are so sorry for your loss….Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  18. Mary Peters August 12, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    candle 2Sending prayers your way. What a sweet Lady I remember Esther coming to Dr Nobbes office when I worked there. She always had such kind words to say. Bob and family deepest sympathy to all of you.

  19. Ed & Jeanne Idziak August 12, 2018 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    To the whole family.
    Ester was a devoted Catholic.. Our prayers are that Jesus will bring the family comfort and peace knowing she is resting with him……
    Sorry for your loss she will be missed,

  20. Jay Sigmund August 15, 2018 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Jim, I am so sorry about the loss of your Mom. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  21. james bremmer August 19, 2018 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    I just today learned of Esters passing and I only wish that I could have known sooner. Ester and Clet were our nieibhors for over 42 years and there are so many things that have come back to me during that time .
    from ice hockey on grandpa Swageman’s pond to Easter being at Marty’s memorial I could have never had finer friends.M ay GOD grant them eternal life togeather

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