Joan M. Swarthout, 85 years old, of Rochester, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Rochester Rehabilitation and Living Center surrounded by loved ones.
She was born July 13, 1933, the daughter of Walter and Alice Drazan of Oronoco. She was preceded in death by a baby sister, mother, father and husband, Clifford (Tete) Swarthout. She is survived by her sister, Karen Gullikson; nieces, Ann Downey, Patti Wallace, and Jill Shermer; and many other nieces and nephews.
She graduated from Pine Island High School in 1953 and married Clifford (Tete) Swarthout Oct. 17, 1953. They lived in Oronoco, Rochester and Pine Island during their 60 years of marriage.
Joan's working career was with Woolworths, Waters Conley, Zumco, and she retired after working 20 years for IBM in 1990.
Joan was a more than 45 year member of the Swanson-Owen VFW Auxiliary #9647 and a 29 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary #184.
Her passions were crocheting, quilting and sewing. She enjoyed, with her husband, many road trips, fishing, camping, snowmobiling and an occasional casino run. They both loved spending time with their nieces, Ann, Patti and Jill, and with the extended family members and their trips together.
People who came in contact with Joan liked her pleasant personality, sense of humor and compassion.
There will be a celebration of life, on her birthday, Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Oronoco Presbyterian Church with Pastor Lisa Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Oronoco Cemetery. Lunch and fellowship will follow at the Oronoco Community Center.