Susan J. Swanik, 82

Susan Jane Swanik, (Sue), passed away unexpectedly on May 24, 2023, at the age of 82, in New Castle, PA, Lawrence County. She was born on August 12, 1940, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Marion Stillwell and James Mullan. Sue was a loving wife, mother, aunt, and doting grandmother. She is survived by her husband Mike, children Jim and Buz, and grandchildren Brenden, Alex, Gabby, Matthew, and Maria. Sue was preceded in death by her parents.

Prom Queen at her high school in Newark, NJ, she later attended Westminster College for higher education, establishing and cherishing life-long friendships along the way. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she devoted her life’s work to teaching English to high school students at New Castle and Mohawk high schools. Her passion for education was evident in the way she taught her students and touched their lives.

Sue was not just a dedicated teacher but also an excellent chef. She garnered numerous accolades for several of her most cherished dishes. Cooking was one of her favorite hobbies, and she enjoyed experimenting with new recipes and sharing her creations with loved ones. Sue enthusiastically tried anything new, but especially loved camping, bowling and happy hours with family and friends.

She will be remembered for her kind and gentle nature, her love for her family, independent spirit, and her dedication to her profession. Her absence will be felt by all those whose lives she touched.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday June 1, 2023 from 11:00 am until the time of the Funeral Service at 2:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main St. Wampum. Pastor Dave Keppen will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made in Susan’s name to the donor’s favorite charity.

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6 thoughts on “Susan J. Swanik, 82

  1. Michael, Jim, Claudia, Buz and Kathy and families:
    I’m so saddened to learn of Sue’s passing. She was a joy to be around. Always loved our reunion chats. She will be deeply missed. My heartfelt condolences.
    Unfortunately I have to work the day of her funeral, but please know I will be there in spirit. May her memory be cherished always. Much love to all of you.
    Lisa Gonzalez

  2. Sorry to read of the loss of Sue.
    One fine woman and an excellent sub at Mohawk.
    She had and imbued in others her values and pleasantness.
    Judy Olson–Mohawk

  3. So sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. Sending our heartfelt condolences to your family and praying for God’s comfort through this difficult time.
    So sorry we could not make the visitation but we will be out of town on Thursday. Our thoughts will be with you.
    Lorraine and Dale Leslie.

    • Dear Swanik family,
      My heart is with you as you remember Sue’s beautiful and warm spirit. She was always so welcoming and quick to laugh with stories of Jim, Buzz and their dad. She has touched so many lives with her generosity and love. Holding your family gently and close, Kathleen McNally

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