Doris Louise (Rutledge) Sweitzer passed away December 23, 2020 in Virginia Beach at the age of 90. Doris was born May 13, 1930 to Henry Lee and Edna Williams Rutledge.
Doris was born and grew up in Blackstone, VA. She met her husband Louis E Sweitzer Jr (Ed), a US Navy enlisted man, at Red Water Lake in Chester, VA when he offered to walk with her to her sister’s house. They married in Rockville, MD, and were married 60 years until Ed’s passing in 2005. As a “Navy wife”, she moved frequently as Ed was transferred from base to base including Norfolk, VA ( where her son, Louis E Sweitzer III (Mike) was born at nearby Portsmouth, VA Naval Hospital); Corpus Christi, TX (where her son Robert was born); San Diego, CA, Millington, TN (where her son Jeffrey was born); Chincoteague, VA (where her son Glen was born); Bath ME; Brunswick, ME and finally ending up in Virginia Beach, VA (where she resided until her death).
While her children were growing up, she would work odd jobs that allowed her to be home when the children were home. She was a wonderful wife and an excellent Mom. She had a great sense of adventure. As a family, the Sweitzers went camping frequently, starting as tent campers and moving up to a camper. The love of camping and travelling continued once Ed and Doris became empty nesters. In a motor home, they traveled the United States for months at a time each year for over 25 years, visiting Alaska, Canada and every state in the lower 48.
As a Mom, Doris was always there for her children, who she loved dearly. She put the interests of her children before her own interests and could be counted on to: guide, assist, provide advice, be a shoulder to cry on or a person to celebrate with. She was constantly willing to help in any way she could. No matter life’s circumstances, she was always proud of her children. The memories of Mom are priceless and forever enduring. Her life was impactful and lives on through her children, daughter in laws, grandchildren, great grandchildren and, quite honestly, anyone who knew her. She was young in heart and mind and even at 90 would say “I’m the same as I have always been, the container is just older.”
Doris was predeceased by her husband, Louis E. Sweitzer, Jr and her oldest son, Mike L. E. Sweitzer III.
She is survived by her other three sons: Robert (Shelley), Jeffrey (Mary) and Glen (Cathy); her daughter in law Karen; 16 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren, niece Deborah Mintz and other nieces and nephews.
The funeral service is for family only and will be held Saturday January 2. Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside is handling the funeral.