Neva Mae Swagart, age 81, of St. Johns, MI, passed away Friday, February 11, 2022, at Sparrow Clinton Hospital, St. Johns, MI.
Cremation has taken place and the family will have a celebration of life at a later date. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI at a later date.
Neva was born in St. Johns, Michigan on February 27, 1940, the daughter of Wesley Edward and Leota Elaine (Reavley) Hathaway. She graduated from Rodney B. Wilson with the class of 1958. Neva married Richard Swagart on December 7, 1990, in St. Johns. Dick passed away on April 7, 2020.
She was a wonderful homemaker and mother. After raising her family she went to work as a crossing guard at Perrin-Palmer Elementary School and also at Northgate Elementary School. She loved working with the children and if she saw they didn't have a hat or gloves she would make sure they did. She was also a caregiver to an elderly neighbor for many years. Neva was known for her cross stitching and made many burp cloths and baby blankets for her family and friends. She was also known for her chocolate drop cookies. Neva had many special friends and enjoyed getting together with best friend since kindergarten Jan Workman, and neighborhood friends Carol Andrews, Cheryl Plowman, and Linda Ritter. She enjoyed word searches; watching cooking shows, and Dr. Pol. Neva loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and grand-dogs.
She is survived by her children: Kimberly Huguelet of St. Johns, MI,
Mark and Jill Wineland of St. Johns, MI, Laureen Wineland of St. Johns, MI, Kristin Milton of Perrinton, MI; grandchildren: Scott and Val Knickerbocker, Jamie and Chad Torka, Heidi Parks, Geoffry Parks, Alyssa and Jake VanSickle, Cassidy Milton, Madisson Milton, Gavin Milton, Jack, and Thomas Wineland and grand dog Daisy; great-grandchildren: Joseph and Averie Mae Knickerbocker, Logan Plowman, and Weston and Colton VanSickle. She is also survived by her sister Patricia Fox of Stockbridge, MI; brother Ken Hathaway of Laingsburg, MI; special nephew Jef Fox of Pinckney, MI; close family friends: Cindy, Bill, and Ace Wentworth and Dora Mae Linman; step-son Raymond Swagart of Lansing, MI; step-daughter Julie Swagart of Ohio, sister in law Cheryl Moubray and Tom, Merle Swagart, Nina Swagart, brother in laws Al Sawgart and Bruce Carmen, brother in law Nick Blotti. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dick, sister Judy Blotti, infant brother Donald, and sons-in-law: Doug Huguelet and Ron Milton, father of her children Dale Wineland, sister in law Linda Carmen and Gary Swagart.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels / St. Johns Senior Center St. Johns, MI 48879. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.