WindsorStarFrame copyCouture , Josie (nee Swackhamer)

passed peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Sun Parlor Home in Leamington. Beloved wife of the late Joe (1992). Loving mother of Larry Swackhamer (Kate), Ruth Miller (Lyle), Ruby Vanderveen (Bill), Rachel Gibbs (Edwin), Rita Duncan (Gord), Rose Rawlins (Gary), Audrey Collins (Randy), Joe Couture (Lyn) and James Couture. Adored grandma of 24 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Clarence and Nellie Swackhamer. Dearest sister of Bruce Swackhamer (Josephine) and the late Hugh Swackhamer and sister-in-law of Paul Couture (late Connie) (Fran), Veronica Schwab (Emery) and Toni Couture (late Pete). Joe and Josie had many adventures in their camper. Josie enjoyed sewing, baking and everything that involved raising her large family.  She will be deeply missed. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Sun Parlor Home for the special care they showed to them and Josie. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex on Tuesday 2-5 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Service to celebrate Josie’s life will be held from the funeral home on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 11 am. Rev. Kim Gilliland officiating. Interment Cottam United Church Cemetery. Memorial donations made to Cottam United Church or the Essex Food Bank would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at

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