Friday, November 4, 2011

Rest Easy

William D. Swartz

William D. "Willie" Swartz entered into eternal rest unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at MS Hershey Medical Center. Only 14 years old, Willie was a true champion. Overcoming physical disabilities as a double transplant survivor Willie never looked back. His contagious smile was his signature trademark and will be sincerely missed by those who had the honor of knowing him. Willie will be deeply missed by his parents and family, Keith and Angela (Halbleib) Swartz, his sister, Jazmine, and brother, David Swartz of Mount Joy.

Willie was an eighth grade student at Donegal Middle School and loved playing his favorite PlayStation video games Grand Theft Auto and Little Big Planet. He especially enjoyed going to the beach at Ocean City, MD and camping with his family. Willie loved being around people, and found it easy to communicate with friends and strangers alike. His personality was genuine and a natural gift from God, which we were blessed to have shared in Willie’s life journey.

In addition to his parents and siblings, Willie will be deeply missed by his maternal grandparents: Larry and Judy Halbleib, of Bainbridge, and paternal grandparents: Eileen F. Kranch of Rheems and Gary Swartz of Mount Joy; maternal great-grandparent Elizabeth Gutshall of Bainbridge; paternal great-grandparents: Eileen E. Kranch of Rheems and Marguerite Swartz of Elizabethtown.

A Celebration honoring Willie’s life will be held at Florin Church of the Brethren, 815 Bruce Avenue, Mount Joy on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 4 PM with Rev. David Tressler officiating. Friends may view and visit with the family from 2 until 4 PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Willie’s name may be directed to the Nemours Fund, Children’s Health Dept., Shands House, 1600 Richland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803, Attn: Child Life Department. Online condolences may be directed to Sheetz Funeral Home, Inc, Mount Joy.

Note from Mike and Grace:
Willie was our next door neighbor. He just moved in a couple weeks ago. We didn't get to know him very well. When we would see him out front of his house with his dog we would wave and say hello and he would wave and smile back. Willie is at rest now, but will be raised up on that great day. We will all be in the presence of Yahshua and the Father, surrounded by eternal light. Kieth and Angie, his parents, are great people, keep them in your prayers that they may be comforted.

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