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JoAnn Swekosky Dreiling

April 24, 2016
JoAnn Swekosky Dreiling
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JoAnn Swekosky Dreiling, age 74, passed away on April 24, 2016 at her home in Madison surrounded by her loving family. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, JoAnn was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where she graduated from the St. Louis City Hospital School of Nursing. It was there she met her husband, Dr. Bernard Joseph Dreiling. In 1969, they made their home in Jackson following a three-year tour of duty at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston.

JoAnn loved to travel and was always up for an adventure. She was very active in her community and her church, and often said she was “going about my Father's business” as she touched the lives of many in need. This was readily apparent during her many years as a nurse at UMC Children’s Rehabilitation Center. JoAnn was a dedicated friend and caring mother who loved her husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends with all her heart, just as they all loved her. Lifelong friendships were made in the St. Michael's Church Circle, the Pinola Playmates, the Aqua Bubbles Water Aerobics, the Natchez Trace Village Bunko and the Red Hat Ladies groups. She also led the “Soldiers of the Lord,” a group of friends of her grandson, Jeffrey Andrew Rucker, Jr. Her influence on these individuals, who are now in their early twenties, will last their lifetime and “Nandy Stories” and “Nandy’s Rules” will surely be passed on to their children. JoAnn served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the M&M Bible Study group at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dr. Bernard Joseph Dreiling, her two daughters, Karen Dreiling Barnes (Greg) of Madison and Elizabeth Dreiling Hontzas (Tim) of Birmingham, Alabama, and her two grandchildren, Jeffrey Andrew Rucker, Jr. and Athena Grace Hontzas. She is also survived by her brother, Frank Swekosky (Janet) of The Villages, Florida, as well as many nieces and nephews.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents Dr. Francis Joseph Swekosky and Eone DeShazo Swekosky.

The family would like to thank all of the caring physicians who treated JoAnn throughout her illness. A special thanks goes to Hospice Ministries and Assisting Angels for the wonderful care they provided during her final months.

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Previous Events

Recitation of the Rosary

Wednesday

27

Apr

6:30 PM 4/27/2016 6:30:00 PM
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

4000 W. Tidewater Lane
Madison, MS 39110

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
4000 W. Tidewater Lane Madison 39110 MS
United States

Visitation

Thursday

28

Apr

10:00 AM 4/28/2016 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 4/28/2016 11:00:00 AM
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

4000 W. Tidewater Lane
Madison, MS 39110

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
4000 W. Tidewater Lane Madison 39110 MS
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday

28

Apr

11:00 AM 4/28/2016 11:00:00 AM
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

4000 W. Tidewater Lane
Madison, MS 39110

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
4000 W. Tidewater Lane Madison 39110 MS
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Jessamine Cemetery in Ridgeland Final Resting Place

306 Sagewood Dr
Ridgeland, MS 39157

306 Sagewood Dr Ridgeland 39157 MS
United States

Memorial Contribution

Eternal Word Television Network

5817 Old Leeds Rd.
Irondale, AL 35210

Catholic Charities Inc

200 North Congress, Suite 100
Jackson, MS 39201
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