Kathryn “Kate” Swett, at the age of 86, broke her earthly bonds on Friday, December 22, 2023 at The Azaleas at Woldenberg. She was born in LaCrosse, WI to Paul and Lulu Mildred Bender Kilian. She grew up on the family’s dairy farm in Mormon Coulee, WI. She was often heard later in life, telling stories about the calves and other animals on the farm, and all of the family, including grandparents, that lived together under one roof. Kate was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth L. Swett. She was the proud mother of John R. Swett, Margaret A Swett Schulz Phillips (Rick), and Luanne R. Swett-LaChance. She was the loving grandmother of Brian Schulz (Sarah), David Schulz, Phillip Swett (Brooke), and Christopher and Anastasia LaChance. She was great-grandmother of Delilah Schulz, Wynter D. Stull LaChance, and Brielle and Kennedy Swett. Kate was the oldest of three daughters, and is survived by her sisters Linda Kilian Johnson (Roger), and Karee Kilian Galster (Doug). Kate had many nieces and nephews, and was a mother figure to many in the community.
Kate had a servant’s heart for helping people. She retired from the Jefferson Parish School System in 2006 as a paraeducator and chaperone to both the Band and Dance Team at West Jefferson High School. She worked at many schools during her career including Percy Julian, Kate Middleton, Paul J. Solis, and Terrytown Elementary, just to name a few. She was a Life Member and past officer of Terrytown Vol. Fire Department Auxiliary where she enjoyed many friendships and her Support Team work. Kate and her family were long time members of Love Lutheran Church in Algiers, LA. Most recently, she was a member of the Red Hat Ladies Society at The Azaleas at Woldenberg Village.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA on Saturday, December 30, 2023 from 11am to 1:30pm. Services will follow in the funeral home chapel. Burial will take place at a later date in Wisconsin.
Family and friends are encouraged to share their condolences, stories, and memories by visiting: www.mothefunerals.com.