Colette May (Gentz) Swieter, 57, of Iowa Falls, passed away, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at her home of pancreatic cancer, under the care of her family and Care Initiatives Hospice. She was born November 8, 1961, in Manchester, Iowa, the daughter of Harlan & Arlene Gentz.
On November 27, 1982, she was united in marriage to Donald Swieter. Prior to the marriage, she worked at the bakery in Manchester and at Linn Manor Care Center in Marion. After marrying Donald, she went to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at Scenic Living Communities in Iowa Falls for twenty-four years, before quickly becoming ill.
Colette enjoyed baking, spending time with family, going four wheeling in South Dakota, enjoyed her trips to Branson and collecting pig figurines, American flag memorabilia, and nurse memorabilia. She always had a soft heart for the elderly and all her friends and relatives.
Colette was a loving, smiling, caring, warm, fun loving person who was a great mentor and was loved by many.
Colette leaves behind her husband of 36 years Donald LaVerne Swieter of Iowa Falls, son Isaac (Erica) Swieter of Geneva, twin daughter Annette (Sam) Hewuse of Ackley, twin son Brent Swieter of Geneva, two granddaughters, Onna and Addi Swieter, brother Dennis (Gayle) Gentz of Waterloo, sister Marsha (Tim) Draves of Highland, Wisconsin, sister Darlys (Allan) Kluiter of Clarksville, sister Christine (Steve) Recker of Iowa Falls, along with sister-in-law Pat (Roger) Holeman of Cedar Falls, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harlan & Arlene Gentz, brother Merlin Gentz and her mother-in-law and father-in-law LaVerne & Betty Swieter.
Colette professed to be saved on March 7, 1975, thru Isaiah 53:6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, we have turned to our own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
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So sorry for your loss. Colette was an awesome nurse andloved working with her years ago!
How do I put this in words? Colette is my cousin and she was such a pleasant lady. Always had a smile and was so down to earth. I’m glad she left to go to her eternal home in heaven. The place of No more pain, tears, sorrow, and suffering! No goodbyes and no regrets !!! Praying for Don and all the family Lyle Dempster
Oh, how I miss my neighbor and friend and the beep-beeps as she would go by! We are so sorry for your loss!
Aunt Colette was always loving, giving and kind. She made the BEST red velvet and Twinkie cakes and taco salad! I’m so very thankful she’s saved by God’s grace and in heaven with him and out of suffering, but she will be missed greatly by us here.
Collette was a very kind & good hearted person! her family has my sympathy!
Linda Gibbs Holthaus
WD Class 1980
Blessings to Colette's family. Colette and I walked to and from school together many times as kids. She was such a kind and gentle person.
WD Class of 1980
So sorry for your loss. Colette was always such a kind soul.
WD Class of 1980
Colette was a very wonderful lady. will always remember how she helped me through life's tuff times. she showed so much love and caring for everyone. she will never be forgotten. my deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
My sincere sympathy at this time of loss.
“With Christ is far better “
Oh, my dear, dear sister, Colette! I am going to miss you more than you'll ever know. My friend, confidant, and adventurer. I could always count on you to be there for me. Now, I will do my very best to be there for your family, helping out in every possible way, til Don kicks me out and tells me to leave him alone.
I'm happy you are now free of pain, and with Dad, Mom & Merlin in heaven. You may be gone, but you will NEVER be forgotten!
I LOVE YOU!
Sending my deepest condolences to the family. It was an honor to meet and work with Colette this last year. She will be missed and never forgotten.
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