Beverly Joan LaHote Schwind, 87, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., and formerly of Port Clinton, passed into the glorious presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Feb. 22. She was born June 16, 1934, in Perrysburg. She married her high school sweetheart, James V. Schwind on Sept. 13, 1952. Together they raised four children: Joylyn Koehn, Jami (Dick)Lano, Scott (Tina) Schwind, and Cyndy (Jim) Pasquinelly, 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Bev was “Patches” of the popular Emmy award winning children’s TV show “Patches and Pockets” airing 18 years on WTOL TV in Toledo. She and Sue Donner wrote their own scripts, created the characters and often invited neighborhood children to be guests on the show. She and Jim started JVS Garage Door Company in 1972 initially running the business out of their home. Bev’s greatest passion was sharing the love of Jesus with others. She brought His love to people through weekly Bible studies in jail and rehab ministries, mission trips, Sunday school classes, guest speaking, dramas, volunteering in food distribution centers and the Bread of Life rescue mission. Being an athlete from a young age, Bev became a senior Olympian winning many medals in Tennessee state and national levels.
She accomplished her dream to become a nurse once her children were in school utilizing her nursing skills caring for others in facilities as well as on medical mission trips and volunteering in medical clinics. A great storyteller, Bev authored several books and devotionals. She wrote a weekly newspaper column for 20 years and had countless stories published in magazines and books. She started Write Touch Inspirational Writers Group 20 years ago in Crossville, Tenn. Bev loved life, her family and helping others. She is greatly missed by her family and loving husband. A memorial celebration of her life took place May 21, in Crossville, Tenn.