Gloria M. Sweigart, 82, worked at SKH, floral designer and painter, loved her family

By on January 17, 2018

Gloria M. Sweigart, 82, of Manheim, passed away on Jan. 9, 2018 following a brief illness.

Born in Heidelberg Township, Lebanon County, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Violet Sattesahn Lerch. She was the wife of the late Lester H. “Gummy” Sweigart, who died in 2011 after 58 years of marriage.

Prior to retiring in 1998, Gloria was employed in the floral department of Stauffers of Kissel Hill. Previously, she was employed by the former Plain and Fancy Egg Ranch in Manheim in egg processing. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Lititz Springs Chapter No. 499; and a life member of Elstonville Sportsmen’s Association. Gloria had an artistic ability that was expressed in her floral designs and her recent interest in taking classes in painting. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandsons.

She is survived by two children: Patsy L. Heistand; and James L., husband of Pauline “Polly” Kahley Sweigart, both of Manheim; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; and five siblings: Gladys Kelly; Geraldine, wife of Leon Long; and Robert Lerch, all of Lebanon; Larry, husband of Donna Donmoyer Lerch, of Schaefferstown; and Russell, husband of Marge Coy Lerch, of Henderson, W.Va.

She was also preceded in death by four siblings: Glenn, Kenneth, Walter, and Ronald Lerch.

There is no public viewing or service. Interment will be private at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville.

Please omit flowers. If desired, contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

To express a condolence with the family, visit Spence Funeral Services, Manheim, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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