Loa Ann Swainston
May 29, 1938 – June 6, 2020
Loa Ann (Rager) Swainston, age 82, of Lemoyne, moved on to her heavenly home on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Loa was born on May 29, 1938, in Washington, DC, to the late Charles W. Rager and Charlotte C. (Notestine) Rager. Loa was the widow of Allen B. Swainston, whom she married on March 10, 2001 and who passed away on September 12, 2019. In addition to her parents and husband, Loa was preceded in death by her brother, Charles W. Rager, Jr.
Loa leaves behind her three children: a daughter, Dani-Jo Trusdell and husband, Terry, of Kennesaw, GA, (granddaughter Brianna), a son, Ryan Priest and wife, Valerie, of Mechanicsburg, and Liane Kosmela and husband, Frank, of Baltimore, MD, (grandson Jack); two sisters: Linda Bean of Sharpsburg, GA and Leesa Lyons of Swanzey, NH; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind five step-children: Warren Swainston of West Valley City, UT, James Swainston of San Antonio, TX, Michael Swainston of Mechanicsville, VA, Robert Swainston of Brooklyn, NY and Esther Tenny of New Kingstown; and many grandchildren.
Loa was raised in Balboa, Panama where her father worked as a pipe fitter for the Panama Canal Company. She graduated from Balboa High School in 1956 and went on to earn an associate’s degree from the Canal Zone Junior College 1958.
Loa retired from the IBM Corporation after many years of service and then went on to retire from Highmark BC/BS.
Loa was a deeply devoted member of her church where she held many positions. She enjoyed working on her family genealogy, reading, music, sewing and crocheting. She often said that raising three great children was her biggest achievement.
Loa’s family will be remembering her privately. Burial will be at the family’s convenience at the Rolling Green Cemetery, Camp Hill.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Loa Ann Swainston
June 22, 2020
I’ll always remember picking vegetables in the garden. And camping in the woods, no matter how far apart we are you will always be my grandmother. I know your in a better place. I’m just happy I got to be able to talk with you over text before you went to the hospital. I love you grandma
June 11, 2020
DEAR COUSINS LINDA, LISA and all family members and friends of LOA ANN:
Please accept my deepest condolences and sympathy for the recent passing of another first cousin and friend, Loa Ann.
Her passing is reflective of how time changes so quickly and yet in many cases it seems like only yesterday certain events occur. I recall how excited our family would be when word spread that Uncle Charley, Aunt Charlote and Cousin's Loa Ann, Butch, Linda and Lisa would be visiting during the summer months from Panama.
Loa Ann's interest in the Rager family heritage and efforts to bring us all together as we aged was more than commendable. She had a huge heart and I am proud to have been one of her first cousins.
Fellow cousins, relatives and friends please be assured that you are in my prayers and thoughts at this sad time.
June 9, 2020
Loa was a long time friend I met at church. She valiantly taught my teenagers seminary every weekday morning during the school year. The kids enjoyed the cereal and milk she'd bring, so they could eat breakfast in the early hour of the school morning. She would also bring in an upside down pineapple cake as a treat sometimes. She dearly loved her seninary students throughout her life.
Loa was so sweet to everyone. She will be missed.
My condolences to her loving family.