- On August 25, 2023
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In loving memory of Geraldine “Gerry” Edith Swearingen. It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our dearest Gerry who was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was born on December 19, 1942 in East Liverpool Ohio and departed this world on August 18, 2023 at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville Pennsylvania. She graduated from Wellsville High School class of 1960 as a future bookkeeper.
We cherish the memories of the special touch she had with wildlife. Feeding flying squirrels and songbirds out of her hand. Watching and preparing for the annual arrival of humming birds and Baltimore orioles and observing a deer giving birth to triplets in the back yard.
She excelled in both the culinary and ceramic arts. She took great pride in her work. She delighted her friends and family with such favorites as German chocolate cakes, cherry pies, an array of treasured Christmas cookies and her dazzling holiday feasts, all made from scratch. Her artistry and detail in crafting her ceramic pieces was truly a breathtaking but hidden talent.
She was an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan. She watched every game surrounded by her Penguin’s memorabilia collection as she cheered them on to victory and Stanley Cups.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick “Babe” and Frances (Cochran) Farina, an infant brother, and a very beloved friend, Linda Havelka. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 62 years, William “Bill” Swearingen of Wellsburg, WV; daughters Deborah (Mark) Giannaris of Silver Lake, Ohio and Karen (David) Sacks of Wellsburg, WV; grandchildren Katie (Anthony) Rich, Hunter and Lacie Hamlin, and great grandchild, Delano Rich; brothers Andrew “Andy” (Jenny) Farina of Mogadore Ohio; James (Dorrie) Farina of North Lima, Ohio; sister Elizabeth “Betty” (Jim) Wilson of Wellsville Ohio; and many nephews and nieces.
At her request, private arrangements were entrusted to PCFC, Robinson Township and there will be no services nor visitations. Her memory will live on in all who knew and loved her. There will be a special place in our hearts as we grieve her loss. May she rest in peace at last.