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Virginia "Jeanie" (Engel) Swift

June 27, 1924 ~ March 2, 2018 (age 93)

Virginia “Jeanie” Swift

Virginia “Jeanie” Swift, 93, Hays, died Friday, March 2, 2018 at her home.

She was born June 27, 1924 in Hays, one of thirteen children of Alois and Caroline (Befort) Engel.  On December 20, 1941 she was united in marriage to Robert M. “Bob” Swift in Hays.   He preceded her in death on October 21, 2005.  She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, the VFW Auxiliary, and she was a former member and officer with the WBA, Womens Bowling Association.  She was a meat wrapper at Dillons and U-Save grocery stores, was a cook and volunteer at the Hays VFW, and was a demo lady at Wal-Mart.   Her hobbies included being an avid bowler, following the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs, and playing cards and bingo.  She enjoyed playing softball in her youth, was very outgoing and loved people, was a woman of strong faith, and she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  

Survivors include her son; Robert “Bob” Swift and wife Sondra of Hays, two grandchildren; Shawn Swift of Hays and Stacy Hammeke and husband Joe of Hutchinson, four great grandchildren;  Emily, Kaleb, Lucas, and Blake Hammeke, all of Hutchinson, a brother; Al Engel and wife Ann of McPherson, and a sister; Dorothy Bahl and husband Kerry of Pleasanton, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son; Gary Lee Swift, by six brothers; Eugene Engel, Julius “Lefty” Engel, Alvin “Whitey” Engel, Jacob  “Jake” Engel, Victor “Vic” Engel, and Robert Engel, and by four sisters; Martina Engel, Bernice “Bea” Cochran, Irene Stafford, and Mary Agnes Wenrich.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1805 Vine Street, with Fr. Leo Blasi officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 on Monday and from 9:00 am until 9:45 on Tuesday, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street.  A VFW Auxiliary rosary will be at 6:00 pm followed by a vigil service at 6:30, both on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested in Jeanie’s memory to the Hays Community Assistance Center, in care of the funeral home.  Condolences may be left for the family at

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