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Bellville Times
Funeral Services for James D. Swonke, 82, of Sealy were held on Monday,
August 22 at 11 a.m. from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sealy
with the Rev. Octavio Muguerza celebrating the funeral mass and rite of
committal. Interment was in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in
Sealy. Serving as pallbearers were Bill Zapalac, Jimmy Grigar, Bill
Lassiter, Carl Nastipil, Benjamin Stolarski, and Robert L. Beachboard.
James was born the son of Frank Opehlia (Ellsey)  Swonke in Dobbin, Texas.
He was raised in Dobbin and attended Montgomery Schools. He served his
country in the United States Air Force. On June 1, 1946 James was joined in
marriage to the former Miss Frances Kuta with a ceremony held at St. Joseph
Catholic church in Houston. He worked as a superintendent in the metal
fabrication industry. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church, Sealy American Legion and Sealy AARP. James D. Swonke passed away
Saturday, August 20 in Columbus.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Frances Swonke; daughter, Sharon
Janes Tinney and husband David; brother, Emanuel Swonke; grandchildren,
Chris Tinney, David Tinney Jr., and Denise Matheson.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Opehlia Swonke, 4 sisters
and two brothers.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Knesek Family Funeral Chap
Posted by Joy Neely


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