1940 - 2019

Melva J. Swartzendruber, a long-time resident of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., passed away on Wednesday Oct. 2, 2019, at the Anne and Donald McGraw Center for Caring. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Powell Funeral Home in Wellman, Iowa. Rev. Melissa Warren will officiate.  Burial will be in the Wellman Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until service time.  Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Melva was born April 26, 1940, in rural Iowa City, Iowa, fourth of 13 children. 

Melva volunteered with many senior groups and enjoyed playing bingo. She was fortunate to be able to travel abroad with her beloved husband learning of different cultures and meeting new people. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were an enormous source of joy. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband: Kenneth, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; four children: Crystal (Alan) Lane of Bryceville, Fla., Kenneth (Terri) Swartzendruber of Frederick, Md., Curt (Patricia) Swartzendruber of Canton, Ga., and Kimberly (Troy) Haltiwanger of Jacksonville, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and eight siblings: Joseph Vrchoticky of Iowa City, Edwin Vrchoticky of Lake Okeechobee, Fla., Darrell Vrchoticky of Dubuque, Sharon Krenz of Tipton, Jerry Vrchoticky, Rodney Vrchoticky, Patricia Litton, and Bruce Vrchoticky all of Iowa City.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Robert and Hazel (Maxey) Vrchoticky and four siblings: Marilyn Nost, Darlene Donovan, Robert Vrchoticky, and Allen Vrchoticky.

The Powell Funeral Home in Wellman is caring for Melva and her family.

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