Stephen Swetz

Stephen Dimitry Swetz

Stephen Dimitry Swetz, 77, of Boynton Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully Friday after a short illness.  He was born in Sheppton to the late Stephen and Anna (Wandzilak) Swetz.  A graduate of Sheppton High School, Mr. Swetz moved to Glenolden and since lived in Philadelphia and Springfield, Cedar Grove, N.J., and Boynton Beach, Fla.

He graduated from Drexel University, Class of 1963, with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, received professional engineering certification in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and was employed by Westinghouse and GPU for over 38 years before his retirement.

Mr. Swetz was an active member of the Holy Name Society and taught religious classes at both Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, Philadelphia, and St. Michael’s Byzantine Cathedral Parish, Passaic, N.J.

Stephen sang for many years with the well-known Holy Ghost Choir. He most recently was the assistant cantor for Holy Apostle B.C. Church, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Stephen will live in the memories of his beloved wife of 47 years, Eugenie (Runtagh) Swetz; sons, Geoffrey and his partner, Roberto, and Matthew and his wife, Suzanne; grandson, Nicholas Stephen; dearest sister, Patricia Best and her husband, Bob; and nieces and nephews, Ventriss Whalen and her husband, Tom; Bill Beard and his wife, Phyllis; and Rhea Beard and Patricia Bautista.

The funeral will be held Saturday at 9:15 a.m. from Frank J. Bonin Funeral Home Inc., 542 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton.  Divine Liturgy with Office of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s B.C. Church, Sheppton.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Sheppton.  Friends and relatives may call today from 7 to 9 p.m. Parastas will be held today at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Stephen’s memory to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

(Published Oct. 22, 2010 in the Hazleton Standard Speaker)

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