Esther J. Swaisgood

1948 - 2020

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Esther J. Swaisgood died on December 29, 2020 at Bridge Hospice Care Center. She was born in Fostoria, Ohio on December 12, 1948 to Earl E. and Florence (Ropp) Myers; both parents preceded her in death. Esther graduated in 1966 from Lakota High School. She then graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Education. She married Tom Swaisgood on February 4, 1967 at Risingsun Church of God. He preceded her in death on June 3, 2020. Esther is survived by her children; Robert (Kim) Swaisgood of Lima, New York, Jeffrey (Marie) Swaisgood of Van Buren, Ohio, honary son, Jeff "JR" Richardson, international sons; Hajo (Imka) VanDieken of Germany, Marcos Moreno of Argentina, Kim (Shelly) Vistoft of Denmark (Toledo), Andres (Pam) Villarreal of Columbia and Felix Becker of Germany. She is survived by her grandchildren; Rachel Croyle, Logan Swaisgood, Gage Swaisgood, Josalyn Swaisgood and brother Earl J. Myers and sisters-in-law, Karen (Lee) Mitchell and Sheryl Burtch. She was a member of College First Church of God, Fostoria Federation of Musicians, Honorary fraternities Kappa Delta Phi and Phi Alpha Theta, University of Findlay Symphonic Band, Youth for Understanding volunteer and President of LaSertoma. Named for family friend and swimmer, Esther Williams, growing up Esther enjoyed waterskiing and was a synchronized swimmer. While on dialysis what she missed most was water volleyball at the Findlay Family YMCA. Over the last 45 years, Esther was Van Buren soccer's biggest fan. Esther was also a faithful poll worker for many years. A Celebration of Life for both Tom and Esther is being planned for summer of 2021. A funeral service for Esther's family and close friends will begin at 11:00am on Monday, January 4, 2021 at College First Church of God, Findlay where the family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service. A private burial service will follow in Knollcrest Cemetery, Arcadia, Ohio. Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Esther to the Findlay Family YMCA aquatics program or Youth for Understanding. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    College First Church of God [Map]
    1100 North Main Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Monday, January 4th 2021 10:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Monday, January 4th 2021 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    College First Church of God [Map]
    1100 North Main Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Knollcrest Gardens [Map]
    18085 S.R. 12
    Arcadia, OH 44804

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Condolences For Esther J. Swaisgood

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To : Bob Jeff and Families
Date :Wednesday, December 30th 2020
From : Mike Roberts
My Deepest condolences to all Easter and Tom will always be remembered by me .. such a loving couple.. May they dance again ..

To : Family and Friends of Esther
Date :Thursday, December 31st 2020
From : Robert and Terri Glick
Sorry for your loss. Many of our choices through out lives had us interact with Tom and Esther in many different capacities. 1st thought when we heard - 'they are playing music together again.'

To : Jeff and Marie and Kim and Shelly
Date :Thursday, December 31st 2020
From : Mr Terry and Dr Christine Smallmsn
Words cannot describe how grateful we are to your folks and what they did for our Kim. God bless you during this difficult time.

We are having two trees planted in their honor.

To : The family
Date :Thursday, December 31st 2020
From : Carol Robb
Esther loved to travel, and she was always ready for the next shopping trip with her "Y" pals. She has made her final journey to the best destination. I will miss her, and I was blessed to have her call me friend.

To : Jeff Bob families
Date :Thursday, December 31st 2020
From : Randy Molyet
So sorry for your loss. She was a very special lady. I appreciate all the time she and Tom spent dedicated to Van Buren soccer. My condolences on your loss.

To : Jeff Bob and families
Date :Thursday, December 31st 2020
From : Daniel inbody and family
So sorry for your loss but happy to see Tom and Ester together again and no longer in pain. They will always be a big part living on in so many people's lives. Love and miss you all!

To : Jeff and Marie and family
Date :Thursday, December 31st 2020
From : Marie Copus Peace
My condolences to you and your family

To : Jeff Family
Date :Thursday, December 31st 2020
From : The Turner Family
Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. We loved Esther & her sweet, bubbly personality! Your Dad & Mom were wonderful people & made such an impact on so many! You all are very special to us y& have been for the past 11 years! We are so blessed to have crossed paths with your sweet family! Hugs, prayers & much love from our family to yours!💕🙏💕

To : The Swaisgood Family
Date :Thursday, December 31st 2020
From : Pam Fields
Esther was a delightful person. I knew her through Findlay Town & Campus. I am so sorry for your losses. My prayers go out to you and your families during this very difficult time.

To : Swaisgood family
Date :Thursday, December 31st 2020
From : Karen Feigert-Brown
I an so sorry to hear of Esther's passing. I enjoyed talking with her at the YMCA. Prayers and hugs for the family. Karen Feigert Brown (former front desk YMCA)

To : Swaisgood Family
Date :Thursday, December 31st 2020
From : Jack and Pat Taylor
Our hearts are breaking over the loss of our dear friends Tom and Esther both in the same year! Please know that both will be remembered with only the kindest of thoughts with happy memories of making music together, dinners at area restaurants and countless hours in conversation. They were two dear friends who will be missed.

To : Bob and Jeff Swaisgood
Date :Thursday, December 31st 2020
From : Evan Shelton and Family
Bob and Jeff, Words cannot express my sadness for your loss. Please know that I will be with you in spirit on Monday, and hope to be with you in person this summer to celebrate the lives of your parents. While miles and years have separated us, please know that I am close to you now.

To : Esther Swaisgood Family
Date :Saturday, January 2nd 2021
From : John Carol Wasserman
Family if Esther,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Esther. Her and Tom were both classmates of mine at Lakota.

John Wasserman

To : Esthers family
Date :Saturday, January 2nd 2021
From : Sandy Ludwig
Esther was my friend through the YMCA. I will miss her company, especially at Bellicinos and our game days. You have my sincere sympathy.

To : Bob Jeff and Families
Date :Sunday, January 3rd 2021
From : Dieke van Dieken
Dear Bob, dear Jeff, dear Swaisgood family,
my deepest condolences. I remember the good times we had together in Germany and in Findlay. It's good to know that Esther doesn't have to suffer anymore and that she will now meet Tom again. I will really miss them!

To : Bob Jeff and The Swaisgood Family
Date :Sunday, January 3rd 2021
From : Ron Earlene Myers
We are so sorry to hear of Esther's passing.I don't know if you remember visiting our family in Virginia and Pennsylvania many years ago but your Mom & Dad classmates of our in high school. The last time that we seen them was at our 50th class reunion. Our sincere condolences to you and your family for your loss. May your treasured memories sustain you in the coming days.

To : Bob Swaisgood
Date :Tuesday, January 5th 2021
From : Paula Mir
It sounds like your mom was a very inspirational person. My prayers for you and your family in your loss.

To : Jeff and Marie
Date :Saturday, January 9th 2021
From : Ron Sharon DeCooman
Our sincere sympathy for your loss. We so enjoyed your Mom in foreign exchange program and later years would see her at auctions. She will be missed.

To : The family
Date :Sunday, January 10th 2021
From : Denise Crosby
I met Esther as one of the y girls. I too am lucky to have called her my friend. We are a very different group of ladies in various ages. For many years we all considered each other family. I attended Esther's funeral but never reached out to her son's. What a beautiful service. She is at peace

To : The family
Date :Monday, January 11th 2021
From : Patty Smith
I was very sad to hear of Esters death.She and Tom were great clients of mine, and I know they truly looked forward to their massages frequently, as I looked forward to seeing heart and prayers go out to their families. May they both rest in God's hands..will miss them both!

To : Bob and Jeff and families
Date :Tuesday, January 12th 2021
From : Lydia van Dieken
Dear Bob and Jeff,
warm condolences to you and your families about the loss of Esther. Sorry you lost both parents in such a short time. I'm thankful for the very special time with Tom and Esther in our home and with Hajo's family in Brunswich. Tom and Esther were loving parents Hajo. He had a wonderful year with all of you.
I wish you God's consolation. May he bless you all.
Love, Lydia van Dieken