Richard and Shirley Swart passed away one day apart on January 11 and 10, 2019 respectively at their home in Lorain. Richard worked for the Lorain Metropolitan Housing Association as a transportation driver for 5 years, and as the Commissioner for Housing. He also was the Lorain Area Council Commissioner for 17 years and did a lot of volunteer work for the Boys and Girl Clubs. Shirley was an LPN for 34 years and also owned the East Avenue Laundromat for about 15 years and tended to residents at the NORD Center for about 10 years. She completely retired four years ago. Richard and Shirley were always together as they enjoyed taking road trips, fishing, and dancing. They loved their dog, “Snowzy”.
Survivors include Richard’s son Elmer Swart; Shirley’s children, Vickie Tomlin (Scott), Robert Milton (Pam), Kimberly Crites, and Nawassa “Melinda” Gonzalez; 23 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and Richard’s eight brothers and sisters.
They were preceded in death by Richard’s parents, Elmer and Ruth Swart; Shirley’s parents, Richard and Doris Baker; Shirley’s daughter, Angela Melton; and Shirley’s brothers, Richard and Steven Baker.
The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Monday from 5-8pm with a service beginning at 7:30pm.