Lee Ann (Cvengros) Swasey

OKEMOS, Mich. – Lee Ann (Cvengros) Swasey, 48, of Okemos, Mich., passed away May 12, 2013. Lee was a 1983 graduate of Escanaba High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University. After college she was employed in Massachusetts and South Carolina and then with Okemos Public Schools at Bennett Woods Elementary.

Lee was the centerpiece of our loving family. Her guidance, wisdom and love were felt by all of her friends, family and especially her daughters. She loved being a mom and was very proud of her daughters, sharing every precious moment in their daughter’s lives. Lee was a spirited gal with a lot of life and energy making it contagious to all that knew her. She loved animals and spending quiet time with her cocker spaniel Erin. She enjoyed gardening and trips by train to Chicago and Toronto with her family for shopping, dining, fine arts and living it up for a few days.

Lee loved working and mentoring with young students. She persistently encouraged Kate and Abby to perform at their highest level in academics, music and athletics.

Lee was raised in a male sports environment with three brothers and a father who coached football. She chose tennis and became captain of the team. She even tried coaching soccer when the girls were beginning competition.

Lee also enjoyed getting together with the girls of the “Book Club” where discussions often wandered from the literary review to other subjects.

Lee is survived by her husband, Thomas of 20 years; daughters, Katharine and Abigail; parents, Jerry and Shelley Cvengros of Okemos; in-laws, Bill and Helen Swasey of Concord, N.H.; brothers, Michael (May) of Atlanta, Ga., Steven (Nanine) of Stevensville, Mich. and David (Hollie) Cvengros of Traverse City; nephew, Joseph Cvengros of Miami, Fla.; nieces, Lauren and Olivia of Traverse City, Madison Cvengros of Stevensville, Mich. and Sarah Phillips of Plantation, Fla.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 17, 11 a.m. at St. Martha Parish, 1100 W. Grand River, Okemos with the Rev. Jonathan Wehrle, officiating. The family will also receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lee’s name can be directed to the Breslin Cancer Center, 401 W. Greenlawn, Lansing, MI 48910.

The family is being serviced by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. Online condolences may be made at the website www.greastlansing.com.