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Flora Mae 'Mates' (Koerner) Swim

Published on -8/21/2014, 10:13 AM

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Flora Mae "Mates" (Koerner) Swim, 87, West Des Moines, Iowa, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Mercy Hospice-Johnston, Johnston, Iowa.

She was born Nov. 23, 1926, in Hays to John A. and Josephine (Leiker) Koerner. She graduated from Hays High School.

She married Blaine Swim on June 24, 1947, in Hays. He preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and mother.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish. During her life, she lived in Hays, Great Bend, St. Louis, Omaha, Neb., and Colorado Springs, Colo., prior to moving to West Des Moines in January 2013.

She enjoyed the outdoors, traveling, reading, and most of all, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid Denver Broncos fan. She was active in her church and enjoyed playing chicken dominos and bunko with her friends and possessed a wonderful sense of humor. She enjoyed being the family caretaker.

Survivors include her three sons, Terry Swim and wife, Sharon, Des Moines, Iowa, Mike Swim and wife, Christine, Centerville, S.D., and Mark Swim and wife, Cathy, Houston; a brother, Donald "Pete" Koerner, Arvada, Colo.; six grandchildren, Lisa Kay, Roxanne, Jeremy, Jeff, Jared and Chad; and six great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Connor, Garret, Rose, Kirsten and Emma.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Ralph "Whitey" Koerner; a sister, Mildred Maska; and a grandson, Ryan Joseph Swim.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; inurnment in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.

A rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to either Above and Beyond Cancer, 300 Walnut, No. 148, Des Moines, IA 50309, or Mercy Hospice-Johnston, 5820 Winwood, Johnston, Iowa.

Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences can be left by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithley@ruraltel.net.

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