April 7, 1941 – January 24, 2022
Karin Else Angelika Zoell Swartz, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend age 80 of Palm Bay Florida passed away with her family at her side on January 24, 2022 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after a brief illness. Karin was born in Petersberg, Germany on April 7, 1941 to Fritz and Marie Zoell. She was married in Germany to Robert D Swartz Sr on January 7, 1961. She was a supportive military wife that included many assignments. She was employed as a Quality Control Inspector at Harris Corporation in Palm Bay Florida for many years. After leaving Harris, she was a successful antique dealer and entrepreneur. Karin was an avid gardner and loved flowers. Karin also loved the beach in her beloved home state of Florida. Karin is survived by her daughter Lt Col Laura Reitz USAF Ret., her son Robert D Swartz Jr., and daughter Maj Sandra Beninate USAF Ret., Karin is also survived by seven grandchildren, Shannon Rey, Brittany Reitz, Jesse Reitz, Zeph Beninate, Brody Beninate, Lorend Swartz, and Brooklyn Swartz, one great grandchild Cadence Rey and sister Inge Dittmar. She is also survived by pets Tebeaux, a spoiled labradoodle and Louis a feisty frenchie. Karin is preceded in death by her husband CW3 Robert D Swartz Sr. USA Ret., her parents, Fritz and Marie Zoell, and brother Dieter Zoell. Memorial Service will be Saturday January 29, 2022 from 5pm-8pm at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.woundedwarrior.org in Karin’s name.