Marie Eleanor Swain
Oct. 29, 1925 — April 11, 2016
Marie Eleanor Swain, a longtime resident of Waukesha, died Monday, April 11, 2016, at Linden- Grove in Waukesha at age 90. She was born in Unadilla, Nebraska, on October 29, 1925, the daughter of William and Eleanor (nee Lucas) Callaway.
On April 13, 1946, she married Orville Grant Swain; he preceded her in death on January 15, 2010. Marie owned her own secretarial service and letter shop for 21 years and was the Waukesha School District’s first secretary. She was active in the Waukesha Symphony and the Waukesha County Business and Professional Women, among numerous other groups and organizations. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Waukesha County Historical Society, the Waukesha Engine Historical Society and a volunteer with UNICEF through First United Methodist Church, where she was a longtime member. Marie always wanted to help people in any way she could and will always be remembered for her kind heart and as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She will be sadly missed by her son William “Bill” Swain of Waukesha; her daughters Cynthia (Robert) Swain Ramlet of Middleton and Dr. Sandra Swain of Lake Villa, Ill.; her grandchildren Steven (Lauren) Ramlet, Michael (Brook) Ramlet, Nathan Valpey, and Benjamin Valpey; and her great-grandchildren Harper and Hudson Ramlet. She is further survived by her sister Lillie Rockenbach, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Orville, she was preceded in death by her sister Fern Rodaway.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 15, from 4:00 PM until the time of the 5:00 PM Order of the Eastern Star Service at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Visitation continues on Saturday, April 16, at First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, from 10:00 AM until the time of the 11:00 AM funeral service. The Rev. Dan Schwerin will preside. Graveside services will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery with a luncheon to follow back at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Marie’s name be made to the Salvation Army of Waukesha, 445 Madison St., Waukesha, WI 53188.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit our website at www.randledable.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.