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Gladys M. (Guiller) Swank

Born: Fri., Feb. 14, 1919
Died: Fri., Nov. 8, 2013


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 11, 2013
Location: Baird Funeral Home

Service of Remembrance

7:30 PM Mon., Nov. 11, 2013
Location: Baird Funeral Home


9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church

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Gladys M. Swank


Gladys M. (Guiller) Swank, 94, died Friday, November 8, 2013 at Koester Pavilion, Troy. She was born February 14, 1919, near Lewisburg, OH and has lived in Troy since 1994. Her parents were Louis and Olive (Oler) Guiller. She married Ross B. Swank on March 10, 1940.  He preceded her in death in 1999.

She is survived by her 4 children: Dortha (Geoffrey) Hoy of Salisbury, NC; Becky Yannitell of Marion, OH; John (Joyce Braun) Swank of Piqua, OH; and Dan (Joan Roberts) Swank of Troy, OH. Grandchildren are David (Sharon Price) Love of Olympia, WA; Barbara (Steve) Davis, of Marion, OH; and Erin (Mike Wymore) Swank of Aurora, CO. Her great-grand child is Katherine Love of Olympia. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Guiller, and sisters, Ruthanna Root, Zelma June Ott, and Roberta Stahr; and son-in-law, Thomas Yannitell.

Gladys graduated from Eaton High School. She was a member and volunteer for numerous organizations, including PTA, 4-H, First Lutheran Church, Troy; Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg; The Preble Co. Historical Society, and the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. She was instrumental in starting the Head Start Program of Preble County. She served on the board of Lutheran Social Services of the Miami Valley (now Graceworks) and as a precinct official on the Preble County Election board. She worked with her husband in their Lightning Protection Business, Window Company and The Lewisburg General Store.

Visitation will be Monday at Baird’s Funeral Home, Troy, from 5-8 pm, with a Service of Remembrance at 7:30 pm, with the Rev. Rick Barnes officiating. The funeral will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, on Tuesday at 11:00 am, with Pastor Brent Cavendish, officiating, with visitation at the church at 9:30 am. Internment will be at Roselawn Cemetery in Lewisburg.

Contributions may be made to Partners in Hope, Troy, OH, the Organ Fund of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, OH or a charity of your choice. Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com. Additional photos, and memories can be viewed and shared at www.GladysMSwank.blogspot.com.

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Karen & Terry Purke
   Posted Sun November 10, 2013
I remember Gladys was a strong positive women who seemed to never meet a stranger. She had an engaging smile and was very proud of her family. My mother moved to Troy about the same time she did. Mother and I both enjoyed her company. We celebrate her life.
Karen Purke

Alvera Conyers
   Posted Sun November 10, 2013
We look forward to the time we will be united with our loved ones again. The Bible tell us at John 6:28-29, that this could be possible. It read as following: (John 5:28, 29) (28)  Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice (29)  and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

Hugh and Lorie Roberts
   Posted Mon November 11, 2013
We are very sorry to hear about Glady’s passing. She was a very friendly and charming lady that always made us feel welcome. Her qualities live on through her family. During our sadness we feel strength in knowing she is looking down on us from heaven and that someday we will all join.

Hughie and Lorie Roberts

Kay Vagedes
   Posted Mon November 11, 2013
I am very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. No matter our age or theirs, it is difficult to lose a parent. She was a very gracious lady. I was glad to have met her.

Lois (Smith) Adrian
   Posted Fri November 15, 2013
John, I know you would not remember me if you saw me on the street but your first girlfriend, MJ, emailed me today to let me know your MOM is with the Lord. Please know that I REMEMBER YOU and having never met your Mom, she must have been a good one as she raised YOU. Blessings to you and your family. I was Mary Jane's roommate at Miami U. and stayed at her parents place while student teaching in speech pathology. Lois Adrian

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