Lisa Ann Schwalbe, 58, of Grand River, Iowa, passed away on January 4, 2022, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa due to complications of pancreatitis. She was beloved mother to Erin Elizabeth Campbell of Des Moines, as well as devoted daughter, sister, and doting aunt to 17 nieces and nephews whom she adored and to whom she was like a second mom.

Lisa was born March 9, 1963, to Richard and Merna (Brown) Schwalbe of Grand River. She was active in 4-H and graduated from Grand Valley Community School in 1981. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in early childhood education and worked at Graceland College, Des Moines Public Schools, and Mt. Ayr Public Schools, among other jobs.

Witty, hardworking, and resilient beyond compare, Lisa enjoyed her family, farm life, mowing yards, playing cards, baking/decorating cakes and caring for family and neighbors. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and enjoyed working at and visiting various community libraries.

Lisa is survived by her daughter Erin; parents, Richard and Merna Schwalbe; brother, Kelly Schwalbe (Kathleen Fenton) of Kansas City, Missouri.; sisters, Lori Schwalbe of Grand River, Julie Schwalbe (Marty Kalton) of Des Moines, and Jill Means (Kent Means) of Des Moines; as well as 6 nieces and nephews and 11 great nieces and nephews, and numerous other relatives, friends, and neighbors. Called home early from this life by God to be an angel to all little ones in heaven, she will be missed dearly by all those who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers the Schwalbe family would like donations made to the Lisa Ann Schwalbe Memorial Fund. Arrangements were through the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa.


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