Mable Swisher always kept a conversation going.
“She was quite a talker and a good storyteller,” niece Kathy Birk said.
Swisher met her husband of 59 years, Charlie, through mutual friends Gertrude Biegel and Floy Beckhardt. Their romance blossomed soon after Charlie sent his first letter asking to see her again, Birk said. Commemorating their first meeting, Charlie wrote a poem “The Day the Sun Refused to Set,” and presented it to his wife on Christmas 1975, First Christian Senior Minister Dave Maddack said.
“She was the strength Charlie needed when he returned from the war,” Birk said. “She was an independent woman who always carried Charlie’s best interest in her heart, and, yes, Mable was fiery. She was strong-willed and knew what she wanted or needed and was not afraid to tell you especially when it related to Charlie.”
Birk said Swisher, who took pride in being impeccably groomed and dressed, kept detailed records of family history and loved keeping in touch with relatives through letters and cards.
“She always kept informed as to the lives of nieces and nephews and made sure everyone visiting knew what was happening in relatives’ lives,” Birk said. “She was the bond that kept us together.”
Swisher, 95, of Crown Point, was a retired bookkeeping supervisor from Commercial Bank and belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Lake County Historical Society and the Old Homestead Preservation Society.
The Swishers were leaders in the effort to preserve the old Lake County Courthouse.
“The courthouse project was dear to her because her Uncle Henry was the one who ran the brickyard that supplied the initial bricks for it to be built,” Maddack said.
Swisher attended Crown Point’s First Christian Church for more than 92 years. Maddack said her strong faith prevailed even through the hard times and losses during her final years.
“She found that her faith in Jesus was always there,” Maddack said.