JoAnn A. Swirles 66, of Montpelier passed away unexpectedly Friday at her home. She was born February 16, 1947 in Clarence, Pennsylvania to Gasper and Louvenia (Arrington) Panik. She married Patrick Swirles on September 23, 1967 in Monroe, Michigan and he preceded her in death on January 15, 2001. JoAnn was an active member of the Church of Christ in West Unity. She loved her church and never knew a stranger.
JoAnn had recently worked as a greeter and cashier at Walmart in Bryan for seven years. For ten years she had worked in quality control at Kamco where she had done a lot of traveling for inspections. Before that JoAnn had worked as a cashier for many years at Ashcrafts, Nextdoor Food Store and Handy and Harmon all of Gladwin, Michigan.
She loved all animals with horses being her favorite. She also loved her dog Buffy and would take in any animal that needed a loving home.
JoAnn is survived by her father, Gasper Panik, four children: Shannon (Scott) Kozlowski of Warren, Michigan, Matthew Swirles of Fayette, Heather Swirles of Edgerton and Tyann Swirles of Hicksville; one sister, Pauline (Thomas) Belau of Montpelier and ten grandchildren: Edward, Dakota, Austin, Tammara, Devin, Ayden, Emari, Brianna, Taneysha and Darnell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, mother Louvenia Hilbrecht, step-mother, Rose Panik and one grandson Kyle Kozlowski
Visitation for JoAnn will be Tuesday February 18th at the Thompson Funeral Home, 204 E. Main St, Montpelier from 3-7:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 7:00 P.M. with Minister Bruce Goosman to officiate. Donations may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.