February 23, 2020

Elisa E. Swartz

Died Sept. 26, 2019


Elisa Ellen Swartz, beloved wife and mother, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at her home after battling cancer for the last five years.

Elisa was born Feb. 28, 1961, in Bay City to John L. and Georgia (Whitehouse) Furst. She graduated from Whittemore-Prescott High School in 1980. On June 27, 1991, she married her husband Dean. Elisa was employed by three hospitals in Tawas, West Branch and Riverdale, Ga. Patients and employees loved her. She enjoyed reading, movies and watching the antics of her cats Patches and Chelsea. She was a super shopper at garage sales and thrift stores. After she developed cancer, she found joy volunteering at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital where she began her career.

Elisa is survived by her loving husband, Dean; daughter, Brittany and friend, Moses; mother, Georgia Strutz; sisters, Wendy Furst and Margo Furst; brother, John Furst; stepsister, Pam Zanoni; stepbrother, Chuck McKinley; brothers-in-law, Ken (Sue) Swartz and Lyle (Fern) Swartz; sister-in-law, Ruth Ann (Tim) Welty; and numerous nieces and nephews. She kept in touch with many friends, including a group of close coworker friends and more recently a very close coworker and friend Norma.

She was preceded in death by her father, John L. Furst; and stepfathers, Ernie Strutz and Larry McKinley.

In the face of disheartening news from the medical community she maintained her faith and a very upbeat approach to life. This was often expressed by thinking of others. Her trademark was a small gift of kindness passed along to you with a loving heart behind it.

According to Elisa’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date and will be announced. She will be laid to rest in Sims-Whitney Township Cemetery near Au Gres.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to

www.gofundme.com/f/elisa-swartz039s-medical-bills. Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshhfuneralhomes.com.


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