Sharon Olwert Swarm

Born: 01/12/1943 Passed:

Sharon Olwert Swarm 77, of North Ridgeville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in the Memory Care Unit at Lutheran Home, with her loving, longtime friend, Laura English, at her side.  Sharon was a proud alumnus of Baldwin Wallace where she earned Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts in Education Degrees.  She was a Band Director at Middleburg Heights Junior High beginning in 1965; later the Orchestra Director at both Berea High and Roehm Junior High and an Instrumental Music Teacher at several elementary schools in the Berea School District.  She and her husband Ed moved to Flagler Beach, Florida where she participated in Community Band, was President of the Homeowner’s Association at Surfside Estates, and Choir Director at Santa Maria Del Mar Catholic Church, in Flagler Beach.  When she moved back to Ohio, Sharon was a member of Saint Clarence Catholic Church in North Olmsted and sang in the choir.

She is survived by 13 cousins and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Swarm and her parents, Chester and Helen Olwert.

A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.  Details will be posted on and  Memorial contributions may be made in Sharon’s memory to Lutheran Home – Lutheran Elderhood Foundation 2116 Dover Center Rd., Westlake, Ohio 44145. Holy Family Hospice – 6707 State Rd. Parma Ohio 44134, Baldwin Wallace University –

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9 Tributes to Sharon Olwert Swarm

  1. Kathryn Acierno says:

    I am sorry that I did not do a very good job at keeping in touch over the years. Sharon taught me and my daughters Emily and Klara to play the piano and I am thankful for that time we shared together along with the times she elbowed me when we sang next to each other in the alto section of the choir and of course singing under her dedicated direction of the choir too. Sharon’s signature piece when directing Santa Maria Del Mar Choir was PRAISE GOD WITH SYMBOLS! She kept her back to the parishioners while conducting the piece until the big finish when she turned to the parish and crashed her symbols together! Sharon is now part of the greatest choir of all! Perhaps she is even conducting! Peace and love to you Sharon!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sharon always made use work our hardest as a choir at SMdM. We loved her.

  3. Leslee Wihbey says:

    Sharon will always be remembered as a no nonsense director with a wonderful sense of humor. A warm, loving woman who made you feel like you had known her all your life. She holds a very special place in my heart not only for her warmth but also for her wonderful way of making music fun. Her rendition of Praise God With Cymbals when she clanged those cymbals together and made everyone jump will be remembered by the entire congregation. Her cymbals will probably be heard loudly in heaven! I loved her and will miss her terribly. May God bless her and keep her close to His sacred heart.

    • Anonymous says:

      Many fond memories of Sharon, I was a student under her direction late 60’s.
      What a wonderful happy person very passionate music director.

  4. Sue Powers (Koberna) says:

    I remember Sharon as Miss Olwert. She was our band director at Middleburg Heights junior High. She loved teaching us music and and loved watching her direct us. She was awesome
    God Bless Miss Olwert

  5. Cindy Olschewsky says:

    I too remember Sharon as Miss Olwert. We first met when I was in 5th grade and I was lucky enough to have her give me flute lessons. Those lessons continued through high school. She was absolutely my favorite teacher at Middleburg Hts Jr High. We learned so many things from her like: team work, cooperation, dedication, creativity, etc. She helped us be our best through her knowledge, experience, humor and communication skills. Miss Olwert really cared and it showed. If heaven has a band, she’s directing it now. Blessings to you.

  6. John Seldin says:

    I also remember her as Miss Olwert, the energetic and no-nonsense band director at Middleburg Heights Junior High School. I had the good fortune to play in the Symphonic Band and Stage Band from 1977-1979. She demanded excellence and her students responded in kind. What a force of nature, the best the Berea School System had to offer. I can close my eyes and see her today strutting her stuff to the Symphonic Band’s traditional encore of “The Stripper”. She brought out the best in me and gave me a chance to shine. What more can one ask out of an educator? Rest In Peace. And thank you.

  7. Edyta Schwartz says:

    I had the pleasure of cutting Sharon’s hair and she was a pleasure to know. I am so sorry to hear she has passed. My deepest condolences to her friend Laura and Sharon’s Family. She’s In Heaven playing beautiful music ????????????????????????????????
    From all the girls at Silver Square Hair Shop

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