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Louis H. Swedarsky

Published On: Jun 29 2013 05:26:29 PM CDT

Madison - Louis Herman Swedarsky, age 69, passed away on Thursday, June 27.

Louis was born on July 26, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. He was adopted 8 days later by loving parents David and Belle Swedarsky in South Bend, Indiana. Louis grew up with his two brothers, Sheldon and Leonard. He often shared fond memories of helping his dad in the family grocery store. In high school, Louis was active in the drama club and participated in several musicals and plays. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in History (1968) and later two masters in Education from UW Madison (1977 & 1978). In 1968 Louis started teaching Social Studies at East High School in Madison. He later became an Assistant Principal and the District High School Summer School Principal in 1974. Louis retired from East in 2001, after 33 years serving the District. He derived great satisfaction from knowing the Diploma Completion Program he helped develop resulted in producing over two thousand graduates. Louis was also active in the Madison Jewish Community.

He leaves his wife of 40 years, Julie (Solomon) Swedarsky; his daughter Sarah (David) Gillette of Green Bay, and three grandchildren, Donald Louis, Paige Louise and Matthew Julian Gillette; and son David Swedarsky of Madison. He is survived by brothers Sheldon (Donna) Swedarsky of Indianapolis (children Mitchell, Jeffery and granddaughter Sophia) and Leonard (Lois) of South Bend (children Liza, Lisa, Lila, Lenny, Leonard Jr. and grandchildren), as well as brother-in-law Joel (Jessie) Solomon (children Ladd (Alissa), Kay, Lucy and Edward). He was preceded in death by his parents David in 1984 and Belle in 2012.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Temple Beth El, Madison. Burial will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery with a luncheon following at Temple Beth El. The family will be receiving condolences at Temple Beth El at 4:00 p.m. and at the family home on Monday evening.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Louis Swedarsky Scholarship Fund at The Madison Community Foundation, P. O. Box 1050, Madison, Wisconsin 53705-0010, The Madison Jewish Federation or Temple Beth El.

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