Heidemarie Anneliese McSwain

Date of birth: January 5 1947

Date of death: January 8 2019

On Tuesday, January 8th, 2019, Heidemarie "Heide" Anneliese McSwain, retired teacher and loving wife of Richard McSwain, passed away peacefully at the age of 72 in Salem, Oregon.

Heide was born in 1946 in Heidelberg, Germany to Caroline and Josef W. Schneider. The family, including siblings Wolfgang, Dorothea and Cornelia, emigrated in 1956 to the U. S. Heide graduated from Somerville High School in New Jersey in 1966, and received her B.A. In history from Douglass College of Rutgers University in 1971. She later completed her M.A. In education and had a long career as a special needs education teacher at Garfield Elementary School in Corvallis Oregon.

Heide loved her challenging work with children and their families, and was honored with the Arc of Oregon Teacher of the Year award in 1983. Heide had a passion for life which expressed itself in many ways. She had a life-long interest in learning, whether it meant taking classes for self-enrichment, learning to play a musical instrument, becoming a Marion County Master Gardener, or exploring arts and crafts. With her husband Richard and their many friends, Heide loved to hike, canoe, and travel around the country and abroad. Her passion for living was never more apparent than in her valiant 15-year fight against Multiple Myeloma. Despite her illness and frequent treatment, Heide kept her positive attitude. She enjoyed her life, friends and family to the end.

Heidemarie McSwain was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Richard McSwain of Salem, Oregon; brother Wolfgang Schneider and wife Marie of Hillsborough, New Jersey and their children Kurt Schneider and Christine Saus; sister Dorothea Schneider and husband Reinder Van Til of Chicago, Illinois; sister Cornelia Schneider and husband Erik Swenson of Mercer Island, Washington and their son Kai Swenson; and half-brother Willi Schneider and wife Marie-Louise and their son Ralf of Germany.

Donations in honor of Heidemarie McSwain can be made to Marion-Polk County Food Share.A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Heide's life will be scheduled for later in the spring.

24 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Carol for the MCMGA The Marion County Master Gardeners Association send sincere condolences to Heidi's family. Heidi has been a Master Gardener since 2003 and has provided her garden expertise where needed throughout her membership. Her willingness to help and to share her knowledge will be missed.

Candle lit by Consuelo Kammerer Heide was the mother of the neighbor and the toughest person I’ve ever known. Love her

Candle lit by Dennis Mortensen Thank you Heide for the many years of Love and Friendship you gave my sister Pamela Farowich

Candle lit by Pam Farowich Thank you my friend for 39 years of laughs and good times. You will be missed more than you know. Hope you're having a good time giving them hell wherever you are!

Candle lit by Cece Wade My dear friend, Our shared adventures will live on in my heart.

Candle lit by Tom Kammerer

Candle lit by Sally Miller Heide brought such joy, humor, and positive goodwill to everyone she met; and I so appreciate how she reached out to me as I went through my own stem cell transplant for MM shortly after her first ones in 2004 in OHSU. She will be sorely missed.

Candle lit by Sue Ann Belknap Heidemarie...one of my favorite people in the world. Her humor and friendship kept me as she taught me to advocate for my special needs child. After he was grown up we continued our friendship sharing time, food and art with family and friends. I will forever cherish those moments and be grateful for her example of how to live life humor and spunk right to the end.

Candle lit by Hugh and Heidi Friends for over 45 years. Her humor , passion for life and good friendship will truly be missed.

Candle lit by nancy herrin Weve lost quite a character and could never forget you, heide, thanks for all the hospitality that you and Richard have shown me!!

Candle lit by Dorothea Schneider We will all miss Heide, who was a force of nature and a terrific sister. I will miss everything about her and cherish the time I had with her. All our loving thoughts for Richard and the rest of her family and many friends. Dorothea Schneider

Candle lit by Doug and Jana Tindall We'll miss our get togethers at the coast with cold-cuts for breakfast. Always enjoyed your love of life, your feisty attitude but with true caring for others, and your never refusing a glass of good wine. Peace.

Candle lit by Lou Schwab I am very sorry for your loss.

Candle lit by Mike Reddington She was a valiant warrior in her fight against cancer.

Candle lit by Linda Willnow Heide’s love of learning, people and travel were inspirational. I especially appreciated her positive, no-nonsense approach to life. She enriched my life and I feel fortunate that we were friends.

Candle lit by Jack and Joan Shenker Although we were separated by distance for many years, we think of Heide and Richard more like family than friends. We will never forget all our vacations and camping trips. Each one was an adventure. Heide's outlook on life is to be envied. We will truly miss her.

Candle lit by Joan Plank and Dave Williams Heide was a generous person and could always make us laugh. We too will miss the cold-cuts.

Candle lit by MARILYN ROLAND I will always remember the many years that our classrooms were right together and the little guy who came in with my students at the beginning of the school day and the times i got to put lunch foods in your refrigerator

Candle lit by Christine, Steve, Jake and Jordan Saus We love you Aunt Heide! We loved and admired your zest for life!

Candle lit by David Del Rocco & Joseph Leong Sending warm wishes of aloha to Richard and Heide's family

Candle lit by Marie Schneider Heide was fun, thoughtful and all-in-all a great sister-in-law. Wolf and I have enjoyed many good times with Heide and Richard. We will miss her!

Candle lit by Andris and Erika Liepnieks We miss Heidi's warm smile and contagious love of life. She fought a valiant battle and set an example that few will exceed.

Candle lit by H Rubin I will always remember the family reunion where Heide had all of us kids (Nieces and Nephews) wear Made In Oregon shirts. We were all born in Oregon. She always made things fun and I will miss her wit and amazing sense of humor.