Nancy Lee Swogger Benak, Masury, died at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in O'Brien Memorial Care Center, surrounded by family. She was 74.
Nancy was born Jan. 16, 1941, at home in Masury, the ninth of 19 children for Della (Dignall) and Oscar Swogger Sr.
She graduated from Brookfield High School in 1958.
Nancy was a member of Church of God, having served in its churches across the United States, including Anderson, Ind., and Newton Falls, Ohio.
She was a hard worker and worked a variety of jobs, including cashier, bookkeeper and as a secretary for Gulf Oil in Houston, Texas.
Nancy will be remembered for her ready smile, sunny disposition – even through years of living with the effects of multiple sclerosis – and her mischievous side, which endeared her to family, friends and caregivers.
Left to cherish her memory are the siblings of her close-knit family: seven brothers: George Swogger, Masury; Oscar Swogger and his wife, Judie, Masury; Buster Swogger and his wife, Mary, Akron, Ohio; the Rev. Gary Swogger and his wife, Beverly, Medina, Ohio; Carl Swogger and his wife, Ada, Masury; Rick Swogger and his wife, Bonnie, Masury; and Jeffery Swogger and his wife, Andrea, Vienna, Ohio; eight sisters: Betty Felicetty, Masury; Bessie Horvath and her husband, Richard, Masury; Shirley Wittenauer, Vienna; Karen Boyer and her husband, John, Burghill; Carol Mathey, Henderson, Nev.; Georgianna Shingledecker and her husband, John, Masury; Gail Longwell and her husband, Jim, Burghill; and Della Devito and her husband, Steve, Brookfield; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.
Nancy was preceded in death by: her parents; two brothers, Arthur and Howard; a sister, Alice Schell; three brothers-in-law: Richard Felicetty, Kenneth Schell and James Wittenauer; three sisters-in-law: Katherine Swogger, Dorothy Swogger, and Lois Swogger Turner.
Her family is so grateful to the staff at O'Brien Memorial Care Center for the wonderful and loving care they gave to Nancy during her stay there.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to: West Hill Ministries, c/o First Baptist Church, 301W. State St., Sharon 16146; a charity of the donor's choice; or “pay it forward” and visit an elderly person or resident of a nursing home.
A celebration of life will be at 1 p.mTuesday (2-3-15) in First Baptist Church, 301 W. State St., Sharon, with Nancy's brothers, the Rev. Gary Swogger and Jeff Swogger, officiating.