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Donna Swan

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Donna Swan, age 81, of Ogdensburg, NY will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Notre Dame Church at 10:00AM with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Spring. Calling hours will be held from 2:00PM to 5:00PM on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg. Donna passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the home of her daughter, Roberta, under the care of hospice.

Donna is survived by a one son, Donald Swan and his wife, Kathy of Ogdensburg, NY; four daughters, Paula Wilson and her husband, John, of Ogdensburg, NY, Carla Wilson and her husband, Arthur, of Ogdensburg, NY, Georgia Swan of Rochester, NY and Roberta Taylor and her husband, Clint, of Lisbon, NY; a sister, M. Juliana DeGone of Canton, NY; ten grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Donna was born on November 20, 1936, in Ogdensburg, NY, the daughter of Lawrence and Lucille LaPointe DeGone. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1954. Donna married George Swan at Notre Dame Church on October 20, 1956 with Rev. Euclid Elie officiating. He predeceased her on April 14, 2012. Donna worked at various grocery stores in her younger years and later was employed by the Triangle Shoe Store and then Ogdensburg Free Academy in the Cafeteria. Donna was a past member of the Ladies of Auxiliary for the Knights of Columbus. She enjoyed sharing her favorite “meat pies” with the community.

Mom’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, knitting and sewing, keeping house and tending the family. She loved raising her children and being a mom. Becoming a grandmother brought an excitement to her I’d forgotten she had. A great-grandmother status put her over the top! Her illness robbed her of enjoying all the grandmothering and mothering she could have done….but anyone that spent time with her these last few years….has to agree, that she was present much more than what it appeared.
We will all miss her wide eyed, curious look. Her yelling at us to be quiet or that’s enough. Her casually tossing something that none of us can see or her whispering to tell us something. What we won’t miss….is her suffering. It’s over mom….we love you and thank you for everything. You were the greatest and just like dad promised… were right where he wanted you at the end.

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41 Condolences

  • JoAnn Douglas Posted January 4, 2018 10:59 AM

    Roberta,I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom.You are in my thoughts and prayers ❤️

  • Cynthia L Simpson Posted January 4, 2018 1:36 PM

    Prayers to the family

  • Rod Roca Posted January 4, 2018 2:02 PM

    Roberta and family I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Sandra Moran Posted January 4, 2018 2:32 PM

    sorry for your loss prayers to the family

    • Cary Greene Posted January 9, 2018 1:49 PM

      so sorrytohear of Donnas passing Fernis in florida for threemonths.. missyou all and love yous fern and Cary GReene and family

  • the messina family Posted January 5, 2018 10:18 AM

    don,carla,paula,roberta,georgia and family we are so sorry for your loss George and donna are dancing in heaven again they were great people if you need anything please let me know.helen,rob messina

  • Judy Baker Posted January 5, 2018 12:16 PM

    So sorry for your loss ! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Deb Amo Posted January 5, 2018 12:29 PM

    So Sorry for your loss, she’s in a much better place. God bless, love yas Deb and Denise.

  • Mark and Kathy Sovie Posted January 5, 2018 1:00 PM

    Paula,Carla, Georgia,Donny and Roberta, so sorry to here about your Mom’s passing. May she rest in peace.

  • Judy Armano Posted January 5, 2018 1:06 PM

    Carla and family sorry for the loss of your mother. God will take good care of her now.

  • Rob and Ann Erwin Posted January 5, 2018 1:19 PM

    We are so sorry for the loss of your mom, grandmother, and great grandmother. Our sympathies and condolences to the Swan family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Cherish the memories you have of her.

  • The Rose Family Posted January 5, 2018 1:21 PM

    Our deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. – Chris & Julia Rose

  • Sharon Dresye Wise Posted January 5, 2018 2:26 PM

    Dear girls and Donnie,

    Your mom was one of the sweetest people I have known. Her smile was infectious. My prayers go to all of you.

  • Debbie duprey Posted January 5, 2018 2:56 PM

    Paula and family so sorry for your mom’s passing.thoughts and prayers going out to you and your family

  • Ellie O’Reilly Posted January 5, 2018 4:45 PM

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to your families.

  • Michelle Camarda Posted January 5, 2018 7:13 PM

    Paula, Carla, Georgia, Donnie, Roberta and family: So sorry to hear about your mother. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Cherish the memories that you have.

  • Lori Caglar Lalonde Posted January 5, 2018 8:04 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss ,,prayers to your entire family

  • Julie Sellers Posted January 5, 2018 9:17 PM

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Tracy Randall Posted January 6, 2018 12:30 AM

    Sorry for your loss

  • Letty Hockler Posted January 6, 2018 3:37 AM

    My prayers are with all of you at this sad time. May God comfort all of you and give you the strength to get through this. Your mother will always live in your memories and your heart. She was a very special lady to all who knew her.

  • Suzanne Binion Posted January 6, 2018 5:43 AM

    So very sorry for your loss. What a strong lady she was. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Memory Bouchard Posted January 6, 2018 6:59 AM

    Speak of her often, talk to her daily, remember her always.
    Thinking of you all…….Warmly,

  • michele skidds Posted January 6, 2018 8:29 AM

    Roberta and family,sorry for loss.Cherish her life and keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

  • Ron & merrilee Bertram Posted January 6, 2018 8:51 AM

    So sorry for your loss.

  • James and Mary Teresa Penrod Posted January 6, 2018 9:50 AM

    Sorry to hear of Donna’s passing, and we wish we could be there for services,but we are in southern Alabama
    for the winter. Our condolences to whole family.

  • Randy & Micha Elie Posted January 6, 2018 10:32 AM

    We are so sorry for your loss, Mom’s are the best thing in the world and we will always have the love they gave us, to cherish and share.

  • BARBARA STILES Posted January 6, 2018 11:38 AM

    sorry for the loss of your mom…our family goes way back and always enjoyed seeing your mom and dad…sending prayers of comfort to all of you

  • Lorraine Carney Posted January 6, 2018 1:57 PM

    Roberta, sorry to hear about your mom. My condolences and I will keep your family in my prayers.

  • Tim & Debbie Burke Posted January 6, 2018 8:03 PM

    Sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Carol Gilmour Posted January 7, 2018 1:41 AM

    Thinking of all of you.

  • Penny Sharrow Posted January 7, 2018 7:47 AM

    To the entire Swan Family –

    You are in our thoughts and prayers –your mom was a fun lady always with a smile – she’s at peace now and God bless her – cherish your memories and they never leave us.

    Sincerely – Penny and Phil Sharrow

  • Dar Omarah Posted January 7, 2018 8:50 AM

    To The Entire Swan Family
    We are thinking.of you all at this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.
    Les and Dar OMarah

  • Terry O’Dell Posted January 7, 2018 10:30 AM

    I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Swan’s passing. I have very fond memories of her. You are all in my thoughts at this difficult time.

  • Rick and Sheila Premo Posted January 7, 2018 12:45 PM

    To the entire Swan family..Our Thoughts and Prayers are at this time..she will be missed by each of you but the memories will remain with each of you daily in your peacefully Donna..

  • David Valois Posted January 7, 2018 7:26 PM

    I extend my deepest sympathies to all of the Swan family in the loss of such a lovely lady. May she rest in peace.

  • Angie Bellinger Posted January 7, 2018 8:20 PM

    Thinking about all of you. And you’re right, she’s no longer suffering and she’s at peace in Heaven with your Dad. She was truly blessed to have such a wonderful family. Cherish the precious memories and know she’s smiling down on all of you. Take care.

  • Ellie O’Reilly Posted January 7, 2018 9:32 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with your families at this time. So sorry for your loss.

  • Nancy and Mike Stacey. Posted January 8, 2018 12:01 PM

    Deepest sympathy to the Swan family in the loss of Donna. Thoughts with you all.

  • Tracie and Kevin Kroeger Posted January 8, 2018 6:20 PM

    So very sorry for the loss of your Mom, she raised a wonderful family. Please know we are thinking of you during this sad time

  • John and Martha Morrison Posted January 8, 2018 6:29 PM

    We were saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. Take comfort in knowing that she will never be forgotten within the Swan family and there is no greater legacy than that. Donna was a great friend to my mother (Betty) when we moved to New York and it comforts me to know that they will now they get to renew their special friendship.

  • Jim & Kate Amo Posted January 10, 2018 7:24 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to each family member of the Swan family during such a very difficult time. We are so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.

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