John Ernest “Jack” Swartz, 89, a five-year resident of Tellico Village, passed away after a short illness March 12, 2021, with Teresa, his loving wife of 39 years, by his side.
Born July 23, 1931, in Kenosha, Wisc., Jack was educated in Kenosha schools, graduating from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1949. For over 30 years, Jack worked for The Frost Company, a manufacturer of plumbing supplies located in Wisconsin before retiring as VP of sales and marketing in 1992. In addition, Jack served as an alderman for the city of Kenosha in the late 1980s. He was part of city council during the ground breaking of the Southport Lakeshore Development, which resulted in the building of Southport Marina on Lake Michigan. Jack ran Black-Jac Charters on Lake Michigan for many years.
An avid outdoorsman, he always found a place to fish and deer hunt no matter where he lived or traveled. Jack liked to reminisce about his hunting and fishing adventures and his career at The Frost Company. If he pulled out the photo albums, you knew you were in for at least an hour of stories!
Jack enjoyed playing cards, especially playing cribbage with his favorite niece, Tina. It was hilarious to listen to them banter back and forth. It was never really clear who won! Jack was a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs. He was known for making great old-fashions for family and friends and was always ready for ice cream and Teresa’s homemade chocolate chip cookies.
Known as “Puzzle King” at the Tellico Village Farmers Market, Jack enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles and word searches. Most days you could find him sitting on the front porch working word searches and visiting with his friends. He was a member of the Tellico Village Fishing Club.
The true love of his life is his wife, Teresa, with whom he shared a deep love during their 39 years together. They were devoted partners and loved spending time together. Jack was very supportive of Teresa’s career at JPMorgan Chase; he followed her as her job moved them to Texas, Kentucky and Ohio.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, George and Eleanor Swartz; sister, Sandra Tabbert; and sister-in-law, Janet Molgaard.
In addition to his wife Teresa, Jack is survived by his brother, Chuck (Julie) Swartz; brothers-in-law, Dan (Anna) Molgaard, Dennis Molgaard and Wayne Tabbert; and sister-in-law, Darlene Drascic.
He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, Tina (David) Chatmon, Mike (Filomena) Swartz, Amy (William) Darracott, Jake (Lindsey) Molgaard, Zach (Kristin) Molgaard, Jodi (Tom) Dentice, Stacy (Nate) England, Chad (Jennie) Molgaard, Scot (Dollie) Molgaard, DJ Molgaard, Jeff Tabbert, Lynn (Bruce) Gilbert and Susan (Greg) Aluce; and by special friends, Berta and Bob Grewenow, Pat and Chuck Orlovich, Cookie and Don Walden and Tony and Judi Stella. He has two sons, Robert and John Swartz; and grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held in Kenosha at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Jack to Our PLACE, an adult day center located at 202 Chota Road, Loudon, TN 37774, or to a charity of your choice.
“My Dear Jack — we were blessed to share a wonderful life together. I’ll always love you. Teresa”
Arrangements are being handled by Click Funeral Home & Cremations-Tellico Village chapel. www.clickfuneralhome.com