April 3, 1924 – September 4, 2012
“Work first, and then play.” Rita Agnes Gifford Swetter of Stevensville, PA, 88 years young, lived her life working hard. Born April 3, 1924 in Elkdale, PA to Owen and Hazel Gifford, Rita gave up her dream of high school to help care for her family. She became a young bride at 17 and a devoted wife of 64 years to her partner in life, the late Philip John Swetter. A caring and proud mother of five children, Robert (Anita) Swetter of Springville, Joyce Wilcox (Daniel Kithcart) of Ulster, Wanda (Glenn) Wanck of Endicott, NY, Betty Jo (Theron) Hitchcock of Stevensville, Jacqueline (George) Casselbury of Towanda and special matriarch to Steve and John Dosiak of Swoyersville.
Mrs. Swetter was blessed with 11 grandchildren, who in turn gave her many beautiful great-grandchildren and greatgreat grandchildren.
Cooking, cleaning, baking, gardening, canning and working on the farm by her husband’s side is where you would have found her most of her life. She could play any instrument put in front of her, loved music and dance, and playing pinochle and dice. She was witty and fun.
A woman who always spoke her mind and yet kept so much inside. A woman that wanted to be loved, and will always be. Her beauty, sense of humor and unconditional love has been etched into our hearts. Her work is done here on earth, and now it is time for her to play.
Thank you mother (grandmother) for touching our lives, for molding us into who we are, for being you.
A special thank you goes to all that have cared for her through the years, allowing her to live on her own, on her own terms. And more recently, a humble thank you to Castle Gardens Keepsake Village staff, Lourdes Hospital staff, Hospice staff, and to all those that rallied to allow her to finish out her life with dignity and grace. We are forever grateful.