Andrew Swestyn Sr.
Retired coal miner
Andrew Swestyn Sr., 97, died peacefully Sunday, February 24, 2013, in his home.
He was born November 25, 1915, in Ronco, a son of the late Charles “Wasyl” and Mary Clarchick Kolarcsik Swestyn (Swiastyn), immigrants from Austria-Hungary. The family moved to Rices Landing.
On October 1, 1938, he married Garnet Mabel Hopton and moved to Carmichaels. She died February 20, 1987.
Surviving are three children, Bob, Alma (Joe) Simon and Andrew Jr. (the Rev. Lois Mary); four grandchildren, Kim Simon Pratt, Joseph Simon Jr., Thaddeus (Ashley Holbert) Swestyn and Andrea Swestyn; seven great-grandchildren, Hillary and Cayleigh Pratt, Alayna Simon and Emily, Mia, Andrew and Eli Swestyn, all of Carmichaels; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are brothers John, who died in infancy, Stephen, William and Daniel.
Also surviving are all of his sisters, Helen (Marcel) Shickel of Harrisonburg, Va., Kay Pecharka of Rockville, Md., Mary Jane (Kelvin) Keith of Miami Springs, Fla., and Lillian Zemba of Streetsboro, Ohio.
Mr. Swestyn was a retired coal miner who worked for 26 1/2 years in the Crucible Fuel Mine. He continued to be a proud United Mine Workers of America member until the time of his death. When the mine closed, he worked at the GiGi shoe factory and Grumman Boat factory, both in Carmichaels. After the boat factory closed, he worked at Lynmar Manufacturing Co. in Masontown. At one time, he found it necessary to leave home to get a job with Hupp Corp. in Cleveland, Ohio.
He was quite the handyman, having built two of his own homes. He also helped relatives and friends who needed a hand with their projects. He took a lot of pride in raising a nice vegetable garden, and for years he entered vegetables in the Greene County Fair and won many ribbons for his prize entries. He and his wife canned a lot of vegetables, which would be enjoyed by the family all winter long.
Mr. Swestyn was a member of St. Hugh Catholic Church in Carmichaels and a member and officer of the Holy Name Society. He volunteered at the turkey bingos and clothing drives held annually at Thanksgiving. He was a church usher and money counter for as long as he was able to do so.
He really enjoyed and looked forward to the visits with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 10 a.m., the time of service, Wednesday, February 27, in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., 204 Dowlin Avenue, Carmichaels, PA 15320, 724-966-5100, Paul M. Lesako, owner/director/supervisor, followed by a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Hugh Catholic Church, Carmichaels, with the Rev. John Bauer as celebrant. Interment will follow in Laurel Point Cemetery, Carmichaels. A parish wake service will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Amedisys Hospice of Pennsylvania, 2183 McClellandtown Road, Masontown, PA 15461. www.lesakofuneralhomeinc.com.