Genevieve T. Swantko

By From page A4 | December 13, 2012


Dec. 25, 1915 — Dec. 6, 2012

Genevieve Theresa Gayeski Swantko passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, 2012. She was 96 and had been a resident of Davis for 10 years.

Genevieve was born Dec. 25, 1915, to Charles and Eleanor Czop Gayeski near Nanticoke in the anthracite coal mining region of northeastern Pennsylvania. One of nine children, she had vivid memories of growing up in a coal mining town during the 1920s.

After graduating Nanticoke High School in 1933, Genevieve studied hair dressing and was proud to be in the first class that was required to pass a state licensing exam. She worked briefly in New York before returning to manage a beauty salon in the Luzerne County mental hospital, a progressive endeavor in the 1930s.

On July 8, 1942, Genevieve married her husband, Stephen, and watched him go off to serve with distinction in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Following the war the couple settled in the Wilkes-Barre area where Genevieve was a devoted wife and mother, active in school and community affairs. In 1965 the family relocated to the Philadelphia area where they resided for 38 years.

In 2002, nine years after the death of her husband, Genevieve moved to Davis to live with her daughter Eleanor and family. She enjoyed bridge at the Davis Senior Center, followed Kings basketball, delighted in young children, and was admired for her sociable nature. She was a member of St. James Parish.

Genevieve is survived by her daughters, Eleanor Fairclough (Robert) and Jean Wiseman (Edward). She will be sadly missed by her grandson Stephen Fairclough (Elizabeth), granddaughter Kathy Fairclough, great-grandchildren Lorelei and Jason Fairclough, and the children of the Wiseman family.

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