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…..you were right where he wanted you at the end.