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“To Swyear familyI have many wonderful memories of the kindness and understanding she always showed others as well as myself.She will be truly missed...Read More »
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“Our condolences to Roger, Terry, and their families. The Carnival in heaven just got better. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Michael Buettner - Batesville, IN

“Swyear Family -We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Momma Swyear. We so enjoyed our conversations with her on the fair circuit up here in...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Darcie Cullers - Springfield, IL

“Terry, Roger and family. Bob and I are so sorry for your loss of your Mom. Please accept our deepest sympathy. You all are in our thoughts and...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Bob & Lynn Harbison - Divernon, IL

“Roger, Terry, and family, my heart goes out to you all! Remembering growing up in the old neighborhood. Janice was so sweet and a good friend to...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Susie Owen (Kiefet) - New Athens, IL

“Loved this lady...fly high with Ray and Allen ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Brenda Monroe - Granite city, IL

“Janice was one the most wonderful people you would ever want to know.She was there with a lending ear and was there to help any time.There is no...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Aleta and Elvin Whitford - IL

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Janice. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Diane Presnell - Pana, IL

“Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family ”
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Janice M., nee Wiggand, Swyear, 86, of New Athens, IL; born on July 14, 1931 in New Athens, IL; passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in O'Fallon, IL.

Mrs. Swyear was the owner and operator of Swyear Amusements which she helped co-found with her husband 60 years ago. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ where she also belong to the women's guild. She was a member of the St. Louis Showman's League and the VFW. Janice enjoyed gardening and sewing/quilting with her mom. Most of all she took great care of her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Charles and Emma, nee Schenke, Wiggand. Her husband – Raymond Swyear whom she married on November 11, 1950 in New Athens, IL and who passed away on March 21, 1997. Two sons – Allen Swyear and in infancy Ronald Swyear. She was also preceded in death by two brothers.

She is survived by two sons – Terry Swyear of New Athens, IL; Roger (Teresa) Swyear of Apollo Beach, FL. Her grandchildren – Adam (Andrea) Swyear of New Athens, IL; Amy Swyear of New Athens, IL; Alex (Danielle) Swyear of Sparta, IL; Kyle (Sara) Swyear of Apollo Beach, FL; Tim Swyear of Granite City, IL. Her great-grandchildren – Damon Swyear; Livia Swyear; Ella Swyear; Adalyn Swyear; Maylie Swyear; Axton Swyear; Leonardo Swyear. She is also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews and her extended carnival family.

Memorials may be made to the St. John United Church of Christ or to the Janice Swyear Memorial Fund.

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 9:00am to 10:00am.

Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Thursday, May 10 at 10:00am with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.