Jayne Swartzwelder - Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Jayne Swartzwelder

February 3, 1945 - November 16, 2022
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Jane Ann “Jayne” Maxwell was born on February 3, 1945, to Ray and Helen Maxwell of New Philadelphia, Ohio. She told people that she was born on 2/3/45 so she wouldn’t forget the date. Jayne was highly gifted in the arts and in making others feel welcomed, loved, talented, and valuable. She was a highly skilled an…

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Jane Ann “Jayne” Maxwell was born on February 3, 1945, to Ray and Helen Maxwell of New Philadelphia, Ohio. She told people that she was born on 2/3/45 so she wouldn’t forget the date. Jayne was highly gifted in the arts and in making others feel welcomed, loved, talented, and valuable. She was a highly skilled and accomplished multi-media artist who was not afraid to tackle any project with the help of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

And accomplish and produce she did! In 5th grade she attended the Kent State School for the Gifted where she won 1st place in singing Brahms Lullaby at the Ohio Conservatory of Music. Moving to Sardis, Ohio, along the river, Jayne’s artistic skills flourished under the training provided by Madame Shao Feng Sheng, a Chinese immigrant who had been selected as an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright.

Jayne painted her first mural in 1959 at her beloved River High School in Sardis. After 63 years, it remains untouched and still enjoyed by many in the main hallway of the school. While in high school, Jayne was the winner of the Crisco trophy for her outstanding work in home economics. In 1960, Jayne was selected to attend the coveted Pilgrimage for Youth which took her to New York city to personally deliver her award-winning speech, My Debt to You, My Country, before the entire United Nations Assembly. Her delivery received a standing ovation from the audience. In 2008, Jayne was awarded the River High School alumni Hall of Fame outstanding achievement award.

Jayne was also a cheerleader, band member, baseball pitcher, and high school thespian. She also enjoyed being designated as the official school artist and designer for events. In 1968, Jayne won 1st place in an essay contest and penned many short stories and poems. She was a four-year member of the FHA. Jayne also played the organ, piano, and several band instruments without ever learning to read music.

As a multi-media artist, she created paintings, pottery, sculptures and more. Jayne was a member of the Houston Texas Sweet Adelines during her time in the area and won national 1st place for singing and unique costume design. Back in Tuscarawas County, Jayne owned and operated Der Distelfink (technically translated as “the goldfinch”, but in Jayne’s translation it meant “just for pretty”) art studio in Dover, Ohio.

From 1973 to 2019, Jayne operated Jayne’s Place of Art in New Philadelphia’s south side. From 2017 to 2019, she also operated Factory Street Art & Pottery in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Between 2000 and 2015, Jayne was a highly sought-after and acclaimed artist along South Florida’s Treasure Coast. She painted over 2,500 murals in luxury homes, businesses, and government buildings. Her local celebrity came with terrific opportunities to attend featured events, often with her work as the center point. And she was always the life of the party as well.

In her lifetime, Jayne shared her love of art and life with thousands of students of all ages. Ever comical, her motto was “you won’t catch me with my paints down.” She was great at providing comedic relief with her jokes, stories, and skits. She was always handy with a phrase that explained the situation. One of her favorites was “You plant a carrot. You get a carrot.” Another favorite was “Love many. Trust few. And always paddle your own canoe.” She loved to share her talents, her humor, her joy for life, love, and God with everyone she met. She was and will always be a bright candle who lit the flames of a thousand others.

Jayne’s love, service, and dedication knew no bounds. She was a dedicated woman, a proud member of the Daughters of the Revolution, a student of Kent State and University of the Rio Grande, an art teacher at Central Catholic High School and Buckeye Career Center, a former member of Broadway United Methodist Church and Tuscarawas Art Guild, a Board member of the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and always an upstanding citizen of the community.

Survived by her spouse and partner Robert Burwell, children Amy, Rick, Ray and Robert Swartzwelder, grandchildren Christopher Niles, Taylor Curran, and Payton Swartzwelder, great grandchildren Finley Curran and Ayla Niles, stepsons Brian and Robert Burwell, step-grandchildren Elijah Burwell and Evan Burwell, and nieces Jane Miller, Alicia Speed, and Jennifer Patterson. Preceding her in death was her dear sister, Susan Raye (Maxwell) Debevec and her parents. Beyond her family, we know Jayne’s memory will live on in the hearts of countless friends and students as well.

Jayne brought us all light, love, laughter, joy, hope, and encouragement. We are strengthened in the knowledge that she passed through this life in the arms of the angels to rest in peace with her Lord and Savior. We shall meet her again on the other side and carry her with us until that time.

Friends may call Friday, November 18, 2022 from 5 to 7 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home at New Philadelphia. A celebration of Jayne’s life will be held in the chapel at the funeral home on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 10:30 AM with Pastor Don Snow officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia.



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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, November 18, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022

Time: 10:30 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022

Evergreen Burial Park


1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Born: February 3, 1945
Died: November 16, 2022

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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Debora Fiske posted on 11/22/22

Jayne you will be missed by so many. I am so glad we passed paths and became friends. I will always remember our fun times. I wish I could have gotten to see you last year when I stopped to see you. I was so blessed to get to know you. Love you Jayne.


Ruth Zimmerly posted on 11/19/22

Thoughts and prayers are with the Swartzwelder family. Fond memories of walking with Louise and Jayne early in the morning before reporting to work at school. We appreciated her talent as an artist and a patient teacher as we learned to paint. Thank you Jayne and may God bless you in your new heavenly home.


Gerry Tinor posted on 11/19/22

Alicia, Janie, and Jennifer- My condolences for the loss of your beloved Aunt Jayne. Heaven has become an even brighter place! My hope is that all of her family finds peace and comfort in so many happy memories. With sincere sympathy- Gerry


Judy Farbizo posted on 11/18/22

Rest In Peace lovely Jayne. Your contributions to this county are great. You will paint in Heaven now. Love you.


Buzz and Barbara Bonisolli posted on 11/18/22

I don’t know what my words could convey after the beautiful video tribute you posted of your dear Mom. I have known Jayne since you were all little tikes at South Elementary. I took art lessons from her and still love my painting. I purchased several items from her over the years and they are cherish. Even though she had some rough times, there was that never ending smile and friendly hello. I will hold my memories of her dear to my heart. We will hold you all in our thoughts and prayers, Buzz and Barbara Bonisolli


Kristin (Mann) Grimm posted on 11/18/22

I was so blessed to have Jayne in my life. Not only was she my mom's fun loving cousin, she was my art teacher and a shining light throughout my childhood. Life may have been difficult, but she was always so open and accepting no matter what. I couldn't leave her presence without a smile on my face. I send my condolences to Jayne's family. May the joy and happiness she brought into this world bring you peace.


Merle Shirley King posted on 11/18/22

The Family of Jayne Swartzwelder, You have our sympathy in the passing of Jayne. She was our neighbor and did several paintings for us through the years - she did lovely work, and we treasure what she did. May GOD comfort you with HIS peace and surround you with HIS love at this difficult time. Sorry, we cannot attend the calling hour or funeral but, all of you are in our prayers. Sincerely, Merle & Shirley King


Brett Mangon posted on 11/17/22

So sorry to hear about Jayne’s passing. I spent a lot of time growing up at her house with Ray, Rick and Rob and she was always so kind and welcoming. She is in a better place now and I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the entire family.


Jeannie Mangon posted on 11/17/22

To all of Jayne’s family but especially Ray please accept my deepest condolences. May God be with you and God Bless.


Christine Maxwell posted on 11/17/22

Jayne contacted me when she found one of her ancestors on my Maxwell Project Tree at Ancestry.com She was shocked when she realized she had living Maxwell cousins. We were on the phone and she always told the story of how she was drinking a cup of coffee when I showed her great grandfather as one of my great granduncles. With this news she spit out her mouthful of coffee all over her keyboard and ruined it. She came to visit me in Kent, Ohio a few times and she planned a Maxwell Reunion at her home in New Philly, Ohio. What a grand time we all had and the stories we all shared. Jayne opened a studio in Sugar Creek, Ohio (I think that is where we went to visit) And my sister, Marty Hasselbach made her first sale and I made her second sale. Lovely memories. We all will miss Jayne, very much.


Sandra Watts posted on 11/17/22

Such a gifted blessed woman. Her legacy will live on in memories and the hearts of all who knew her. Rejoice in knowing she is with God and healthy. Memories will bring comfort.


Kevin Niles posted on 11/17/22

Mom I will miss you so, I’m happy you are with your sister and family now. You taught me more than the colors of the rainbow. You gave me more than a roof over our head. You gave me more than a T-shirt to paint. You gave me your Love and that I will always cherish. God gave us you and now you have a bigger canvas to paint


Patty Maag posted on 11/17/22

Jayne you were a wonderful neighbor and fabulous friend. We will cherish the memories we shared and the laughs and tears we had over the years. Fly free sweet girl.


Michelle Klann posted on 11/17/22

Pleas know Jayne's memory will live on everyday in my classroom through the amazing characters and illustrations she created for me. I'll never forget her telling me that it should be a privilege and not a right for my students to be in my class for the gifts I give them through my creativity. I am thankful she touched my life and helped me to be a special teacher to my students! Michelle Klann


Mary F Campbell posted on 11/17/22

Our hearts go out to you and your family during this time of loss. Love Mary & Bob Campbell


Denise Pace posted on 11/16/22

Fly high Jayne. I’m praying for you all with loving thoughts. Gif bless, Denise Pace


Cathy Conley Kiel posted on 11/16/22

Dear Amy, Rick, Ray, & Robert, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I will miss her. I have so many memories of babysitting you, and just spending time chatting with your mom. She was always supportive and proud of all of you and your children. She made me feel special, as she did all who came into her orbit! Such a creative spirit! A few years ago, my sisters Cindy & Pam and I took one of her painting classes at Dover library. What a wonderful evening. I wish I could be there to celebrate her life with you, but I willl be out of town. Loved the tribute video! Peace and comfort to all of you. Cathy Conley Kiel


Cassie Tornabene posted on 11/16/22

Jayne was always a bright light, she really was like a second grandma sometimes. Painting, drawing, or cracking jokes in her kitchen, we always had fun visiting with her and getting to hear all of her stories about her life and family. My heart and thoughts go out to her family and friends. She was very loved by many.


Jodi Hughes posted on 11/16/22

Blessed to have known her. I photographed her family and many of her art pieces for her. Lovely lady


Jane Gasser posted on 11/16/22

To my long time friend and “just an old hippie”. I know you are laughing at that. I’ll miss you and your brilliant star. I’ll treasure all my gifts. Love you. My deepest condolences to your family and Rob as you sit on the mourning bench. Love you Jayne.


Stephanie posted on 11/16/22

Oh she was so so kind. Ariel loved her time spent with her. She was an amazing art teacher and made Ariel feel so special and loved. Ariel even had a picture framed of them 2 and gave it as a gift. She was a beautiful person. I'm so sorry. Woodard family


John and Dottie Shott posted on 11/16/22

So sorry to hear of Jane's passing she was A very talented and always fun to talk to our sympathy and prayers to the family Jane will be missed by many


Tami (Blackwell) Chewning posted on 11/16/22

I am very sorry to all family and friends who loved and lost Jayne. She dated my dad, Tim Blackwell, throughout my years in high school. Jayne took me under her wing and included me in her family. She always called me “my girl” and I heartily agreed. She taught me so many things and was my favorite person in this world. I know that she is with our Lord and Savior and is at peace and no longer struggling. I will love her and miss her until we meet again.


Carolyn Cua Vaughn posted on 11/16/22

To Jayne's Family, So very sorry for your loss, Jayne will always be a great woman and a great friend....She taught me a lot in painting and just a wonderful friend...Thinking of you all with good thoughts and hugs..... Carolyn Vaughn....


Robin Sweeney posted on 11/16/22

Swartzwelder Family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. She was a very talented and wonderful woman. Mom and I have many great memories of her. Please know you are all in our prayers and thoughts. Robin & Jean Sweeney