Virginia Belle Swartz

| November 13, 2017

Virginia Belle Swartz, 94, of Rimersburg, PA, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017, at her home.

She was born March 1, 1923, in Pinoak, Madison Twp., Clarion Co., PA, the daughter of William Hawthorne Haggerty and Margaret Alda (Montgomery) Haggerty.

Virginia grew up in the area and attended Pinoak Elementary School.

She lived in Erie from 1950 until 1989, and while there worked as an electronics inspector at Perry Plastics in Millcreek for 32 years until retiring on May 14, 1984.

Throughout her life, she also worked as the postmaster for the Lawsonham Post Office and as an assembler at Sylvania in Brookville.

After retirement, she and Guy often enjoyed taking camping trips.

Virginia attended the First Church of the Nazarene while living in Erie. Upon moving back to Rimersburg, she returned to her beloved Lawsonham United Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing with her husband, Guy, at church functions.

Her memory will be cherished by her daughter, Karen Arlene Goss, and husband, Dennis R., of Rimersburg; grandchild, David A. Goss, of Greensburg; and great-grandchildren, Brandon Marshall, of Grand Island, NE, Abigail Marshall, of Hermitage, OR, and Tyler, Andrew, Zachary and Alex Goss, all of Greensburg.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Henry Guy Swartz, whom she married June 26, 1943, and who died April 11, 2004; sons, Gary L. Swartz, who died February 27, 1970 in Vietnam, and Gayle Robert Swartz, who died February 21, 1958; brothers, Robert, Clarence and Presley Haggerty; and sisters, Marie Garver, Kathryn Stewart, Betty Garver, and Mary Mae Garver.

Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 758 Main St., Rimersburg.

Additional visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of funeral services at 11 AM on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Lawsonham United Methodist Church, 3511 Lawsonham Rd., Rimersburg, with the Rev. Dennis A. Fetter officiating.

Interment will be in Lawsonham Cemetery, Rimersburg, PA.

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