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Joan F. Swarner

August 14, 2014
Lewistown Sentinel

Joan F. Swarner, 68, of East Waterford, went on her journey to heaven at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at the Locust Grove Retirement Village, Mifflin.

Born Oct. 28, 1945, in Lewistown, Mifflin County, she was a daughter of the late John and Marilyn (Shover) Clouser. Her first husband, Ward L. Berry, preceded her in death on March 10, 1996, and on May 15, 1999, she married her surviving husband, Ralph E. Swarner, with whom she shared more than 15 years of marriage.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by: her children, Debra Pratt and her husband, Brian, of Coatesville, and Nina Berry; of Lewistown; stepchildren, Robin Fry and her husband, Chris, and Kevin Lyter, all of East Waterford; siblings, Linda Lett and her husband, Tom, of South Carolina, Connie Druck and her husband, Don, of York, John Clouser, of Chambersburg, and Kenny Clouser, of York; eight grandchildren, Cristal Ritchey and her husband, Darren, Jonda Irvin and her companion, Terry Burdge, Mary Hackenberger, Daniel Hackenberger, McKenna Fry and Owen Fry; and two great-granddaughters, Alyssa Ritchey and Breanne Ritchey.

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Two grandsons in infancy, Adam Hackenberger and James Ellis preceded her in death.

Mrs. Swarner attended the New Beginnings Church, Spruce Hill, and the Village Lighthouse Chapel, Blairs Mills.

In earlier life, she was employed by Masland Carpets, Carlisle then she worked at the C & S Diner, East Waterford, after which, she provided in home personal care.

Joan was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking, gardening and taking care of others. Spending time with her grandchildren and great-granddaughters was her greatest joy.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at the New Beginnings Church, 20343 state Route 75 South, Port Royal, with the Rev. Frank Swartz and Pastor Judy Rowles officiating. After the service, interment will take place in the East Waterford Cemetery.

Viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, at the church.

For those that wish, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Swarner's memory to the American Cancer Society, 1375 Martin St., Suite 206, State College, PA 16803.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown.

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