Jeffrey Reed Lafferty

September 2, 1971 ~ November 18, 2020 (age 49)


Mr. Jeffrey Reed Lafferty, 49, passed away on the morning of Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, IN. He was born on September 2, 1971 in South Bend, IN to Jack Lafferty and Elba Rosario. 

Jeffrey was a life-long resident of the area. On November 12, 1994, he was united in marriage to Christyna Schwieger, who survives. Jeffrey a youth hockey coach and was a devoted husband, father, brother, son and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Jeff Lafferty was an amazing man.  He lived life to its fullest.  He believed that life was short and that sweating the small stuff was not worth it.  Jeff believed that "Family" was everything.  Family was everyone to Jeff.  He accepted everyone for who they were.  It did not matter if you were 5 or 90 years old, Jeff cared, loved and respected everyone. 

He was the Husband, Dad, Son, Brother, and Friend that was always there day or night when he was needed or could help.  He loved family and hockey (no kidding).  He loved to spend quality time with his kids most of all.  When the kids would be off doing who knows what, he called them just to hear their voice.  He made it to countless school and sporting events and was never late.  Jeff was there for family gatherings, holidays and birthdays.  He showed his love for life and family in everything he did, even while fighting cancer. 

Jeff was selfless, and it was never about what he wanted but rather what YOU needed.  He also shared these same values to the kids that he coached and mentored during hockey.  His love for life and the game was shared with his kids both on and outside the rink.  

Jeff's favorite quote is "Attack each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind" -Jim Harbaugh  This quote was Jeff, living life to the fullest filled with laughter, kindness and love.  

We will ALL miss you.  Until we meet again Husband, Dad, Son, Brother, and Friend, WE LOVE YOU.

In addition to his loving wife of 26 years, Christyna Lafferty of Osceola, Jeffrey is survived by his children: Matthew Schwieger, Ashley Lafferty and Andrew Lafferty, all of Osceola; his mother, Elba Rosario of Osceola; stepmother Sandy Lafferty of South Bend; sister Marissa Lafferty of Osceola; brother Jim (Paula) Lafferty of Cromwell, IN; as well as a host of extended family members and friends. 

Jeffrey was preceded in death by his father, Jack Lafferty, and daughter Michelle Ann Lafferty.  

Per the family’s wishes, no public services are currently scheduled. The family and friends will gather at a later date to celebrate Jeffrey’s life. Palmer Funeral Homes – West Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy may be left at

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Family will gather privately at a later date

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