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Father of Laura Swantack ’72, Lynette ’78 and Lizabeth ’85 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 24, 2016

Joseph J. “Buddy” Swantack, died peacefully in his sleep on January 16, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 28, 1928, in Toledo, Ohio. Buddy graduated from Central Catholic High School and the University of Toledo.

Buddy proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1946-1947, as a Staff Sergeant. Upon returning home from overseas, he married Ethel “Ronnie” Vigyo. He was very proud of having sent their four children, Laura, Lynette, J.J. and Lizabeth, to private Catholic primary and secondary schools.

He worked as an insurance agent for Penn Mutual Life Insurance for nearly 50 years. After retiring from Penn Mutual, he worked in the Toledo Public School system as a substitute teacher, retiring in 2008.

There are many fond memories including the family trips to Florida and Michigan, hunting for rabbit and pheasant with J.J. and Uncle Bob, fishing at the State Hospital and Three Meadows Pond, being on his hands and knees digging out the weeds in the lawn, the hiking trip to the Grand Tetons with Lynette, hanging out with friends at Raceway Park, and the daily trips to McDonald’s with Mom. He was an avid reader, he enjoyed tinkering in the Stock Market, he took an interest in others, and he really liked to talk and talk and talk.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph “Bud” and Mary Swantack. Buddy is survived by his wife, Ethel “Ronnie”; daughters, Laura Herroon (Bob), Lynette, Lizabeth (Mike Wilson); son, Joseph Jr. (Christine); grandchildren, Anna Jones (Kendal), Sarah, Joseph III (Alexis), Robert, Juney, Sammy, Beans, Robert Herroon and Tara Wilson; great-grandchildren, Sophia and Ava Swantack and Mirabel Jones.

Friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy. on Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 3:00-7:00 p.m., with a Memorial Service beginning at 7:00 p.m..

Donations may be given to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Condolences may be expressed in person, or by visiting

Funeral Home

W K Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home
3838 Airport Hwy Toledo, OH 43615
(419) 385-5305

Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 24, 2016

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