Sydell Swearingen



Sydell Mae (Goebel) Swearingen, age 90, of Millheim, Texas, died peacefully at her home on July 29, 2020. Sydell was born on Aug. 29, 1929 in Millheim to Alvin and Ethel (Kveton) Goebel. She was baptized on Sept. 22, 1929, by Rev. W.M. Schriener at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sealy. Sydell attended the one-room schoolhouse in Millheim for seven years and then continued her education in Bellville where she graduated with honors in 1946. She was confirmed by Rev. A. W. Weber on April 14, 1946, at St. John Lutheran Church of Cat Spring where she remained a lifelong member. Sydell was united in marriage to Jake Swearingen on Oct. 7,1947, in Cat Spring by the Rev. Harold Wernecke.

To this union she and Jake were blessed with two daughters, Frances and Gwen. Surviving her are daughters Frances and husband Pat Sechelski and Gwen Reichardt. Also surviving are granddaughters Cheryl and husband Paul Forde and Rebecca (Becky) and husband Craig Forrester; and grandsons Nathan Schulke and wife Michelle, Russell Reichardt and wife Courtney and Ryan Reichardt and wife Carla. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren: Zoe Forde, Rhys Reichardt, Jenna Forrester, Ethan Schulke, William Forrester, twins Jacob and Zachary Schulke, Rylan Reichardt, Remington Reichardt, Reese Reichardt, Jake Forrester, Rhett Reichardt and Fyn Forde. Sydell leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Alvin and Ethel Goebel and husband Jake, her brother Franklin, and sister in-law Earline Goebel and sister Dorthy, and brother in-law Arno Meyer and all her brother and sister in-laws in the Swearingen family.

Serving as pallbearers are her grandsons Paul Forde, Nathan Schulke, Ryan and Russell Reichardt and Craig Forrester.

For most of Sydell’s life she was a homemaker and helpmate and loved caring for her grandchildren whenever needed. She loved to crochet and was an excellent seamstress who made clothing for herself and for her daughters, until the day they graduated high school. Sydell was also an excellent cook. Her whole family enjoyed gathering for holidays and special occasions to partake of her bounteous and mouthwatering meals. She remained active in her church as a Sunday school and Bible school teacher, in the women’s organization serving in almost every office, as a member of the Altar Guild, and she loved quilting for LWR with the women of the church. For seven years she worked as a grocery clerk and a number of years as a bookkeeper at AL&M. Sydell leaves five grandchildren with many happy memories of time spent with her and Grandpa Jake as well as 13 great-grandchildren who will remember her fondly.

A private family graveside service at the Millheim Cemetery will be held for Sydell with her grandson Craig Forrester and his dad, Pastor Don Forrester, officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church of Cat Spring or a charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapels, 842 E. Main, Bellville; 979-865-3121;


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