Renate Helene Pagel Sward
SWARD, Renate Helene Pagel, 66, beloved wife of Larry W. Sward, passed away Monday July 8, 2019 at the Hospice care unit at St. Joseph hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born in Itzehoe, Germany, August 24, 1952 to the late Gerhard and Ilse Pagel. She had a life of service in healthcare; first as a certified nurse midwife for over 20 years, and then as a rehabilitation nurse at Cardinal Hill Hospital for over 15 years.
She was a graduate of the University of Utah with both a bachelorís and masterís degree in nursing, and the University of Kentucky with a masterís degree in nurse midwifery. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her four children: Ryan, Kyle, Eric, and Emily, and their spouses. She was a devoted mother and always put her family first in life. She always tried to make their lives enjoyable and a little easier, and took great joy in giving to others.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at the Lexington Clinic and Markey Cancer Center for their care and compassion during her 4-year battle with colon cancer. A private family service will be held in celebration of her life on July 12, 2019. The family request that in lieu of flowers or meals, those inclined make a donation in her honor to the Lexington Clinic Foundation to benefit the cancer center, to provide patient comforts and financial assistance to other families going through similar experiences. Donations can be made to the Lexington Clinic Foundation, 350 Elaine Drive, Suite 100, Lexington, KY 40504.