Carol (McGraw) Swartz, 83

Carol (McGraw) Swartz, 83, of Grand Island, died Friday, June 27, 2014 at Tiffany Square. Services were Wednesday, July 2, at Calvary LutheranChurch. The Rev. Sheri Lodel officiated. To honor Carol's wishes,cremation will take place following the service. A private family burial of ashes will be in the Grand Island City Cemetery. All Faiths Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. The immediate surviving family includes three daughters and their husbands, Renee and Nat Ponticello of Fresno, Calif.,, Laurel and John Humphrey of Arlington, Texas, and Carla Swartz of Omaha; three grandsons, Evan Mendyk of Omaha and John Paul and Grayson Humphrey of Arlington, Texas; one great-grandson, Harper Cody of Kearney; and numerous nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 2000, whom shemarried on July 3, 1959. She was also preceded in death by her parents and four brothers. Mrs. Swartz was born July 23, 1930, at Gates, to Charles and Emily (Bader)McGraw. She spent her childhood on the farm and ranch. Carol graduated from Broken Bow High School. After graduation, she was at home helping on the farm and ranch for several years due to the illness of her father. She graduated from Saint Francis School of Nursing and received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and Psychology. Carol was employed in the Pediatric Department of Saint Francis Hospital for two years. She worked for the Grand Island Public Schools as a school nurse for 34 years. Carol was a member of the Local, State, and National School Nurses Association and the Local, State, and National Education Associations. She was also a member of the Stuhr Museum, Hall County Historical Society and the Grand Island Saddle Club. Mrs. Swartz was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church where she served on the council and assisted in various committees. Carol enjoyed the outdoors, flowers, gardening and going to the farm. She enjoyed horses and dogs. Carol loved being with her grandsons and attending the activities they participated in. She painted numerous pictures of cardinals and liked baseball and football. She enjoyed life and visiting with friends. She was a kind and generous person; always putting her family first. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Calvary Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at