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Ersle Mae Swadinsky

January 15, 1928 November 4, 2008
Ersle Mae Swadinsky
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Ersle (Ers) Mae Swadinsky, 80, of Peoria, passed away with her family at her side at 3:07 P.M Tuesday, Nov. 4, OSF St. Clare Home in Peoria. She was born Jan 15, 1928 to Lillian & Orris Kelly in Iowa. She married Quentin L. Swadinsky on Feb 14, 1944. He preceded her in death in 1989. She is survived by her Sons, Kev (Chris), and Quent Jr., her Grandson Jason (Amanda), Granddaughter Cydney, Great Granddaughter Hailey, all of Peoria. Brothers Norm (Gloria) Kelly of Peoria, Dave Kelly, St. Louis, Gene Kelly, Peoria and Sister Sara Shatto of Peoria, 4 other Grandchildren, and scores of nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Born into the Kelly family with 11 kids, she has lost 7 brothers and sisters in advance of her own passing. She was employed as a switchboard operator for 1st National Bank of Peoria, St. Francis Hospital, and Sears. She then worked on her own as a house cleaner, caretaker, and subsequently a go to person by default to all of the people she worked for. She last worked on March 9, 2008, the day before she entered the hospital. Her Granddaughter Cydney professed her Nanny Ers as her best friend until the end, as they spent a great deal of time together and had a very special relationship. Nanny Ers literally lived her last 32 years for Jason and Cydney. Gloria Kelly was her best friend as well, and the family would like to thank her for being with us & Mom until the end. She showed Mom unconditional love while caring for all of her needs, talking on the phone every day like clockwork, baking together, traveling to gambling boats, and simply being a wonderful friend to talk about “everything”. Mom’s life was better because of Aunt Gloria. Mom will be missed for many reasons. She had an ear for music that has been passed on to her family and her passion for it is prevalent in all of us. Her desserts were amazing, unique, delicious and very fattening. We all loved them and will miss them terribly. She loved making them for us. Her baked beans and the famous red bowl had the potential for fame, but we as a family decided to keep them for ourselves, and they were a trademark of Mom’s. Her dressing could be smelled from 100 yards, and tasted just as good. Most of all, Mom touched many people with her outpouring of love and unselfish giving, and would always be at someone’s side offering her help before they even knew they needed it. She was generous with everything she had, although she never had much. She gave much more than she took. She was the most unselfish person we knew, and always thought of others before herself. Better yet, she never took anything. She only gave. Mom would have liked to thank Dr David Savage, Dr. Mungee, Dr. Blaine, every single Nurse, CNA, therapist, and all of the staff at OSF Medical Center, and Cathy Ayers, Debbie, Jeff, Kelly, and all of the nurses, CNA’s and staff at OSF St Clare Home for the exceptional care, understanding, compassion, and love during her time there. We as a family would like to thank you for it too. There will be no public formal services held for Mom, as she wished. The family will be holding a private Pink Floyd party to celebrate her life, and play all of the music she loved, suffer over someone else’s cooking, and honor her in a way that would make her proud, at a later date. Mom loved barns and trees, and asked that her remains be placed near each of those. Her wish will be carried out upon a mountaintop, with a tear in all of our eyes. The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences may be made at
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