OBITUARY

Edward T. Swanteson

November 13, 1931February 18, 2019

Edward Thomas Swanteson on February 18, 2019. Beloved husband of Rita Swanteson. Devoted father of Laurie Swanteson, Rita Marie Swanteson, Sue Swanteson, Jacqueline Vaccaro, Edward J. Swanteson and Jennifer Albach. Cherished grandfather of Gary Vaccaro, Kristine Riordan, Jamie Albach, Nicole Swanteson and Theresa Albach. Caring great grandfather of Audrey Vaccaro and Timmy Vaccaro. Loving brother of Irene Swanteson. Private cremation.

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Edward T. Swanteson

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Joseph Going

February 26, 2019

I have been best friends with Mr. Swanteson’ daughter, Jennifer since I’ve been 12 or 13 years old growing up on Long Island . We lost touch for a good many years but several years ago reconnected. We keep in touch regularly and always start our conversations with “hey buddy”! I only had the pleasure of meeting Edward a dozen or so times throughout our friendship since I had moved to Florida shortly after graduating high school. I told Jen a story the other day that she may not have been totally informed too or she probably forget - I mean, she’s got to be close to 50 years old by now. Back in 1989 I had to take a class in the summer to graduate high school. Of course I waited to the very last minute to complete the class. It was a drafting class and I had one final assignment to complete but I was totally confused with the math and figures. I went to see Jen and because I’m almost 50 years old myself now, the inbetween part is a little foggy. But what I do remember is Edward talking to me and sitting me at their kitchen table - I can remember this part like it was yesterday. We opened my book and the assignment and he sat with me and started to explain the task. He gave me enough insight, but made sure I understood the particulars of completing the questions, to get it right. I will never forget his patience and kindness that day. I found out I graduated high school 2 weeks later. I’ve been fortunate to go on and have a successful life and career. I was about to give up graduating high school that summer and throughout my career and every promotion or success I’ve had along the way - I’ve thought back to that day and the impact it had on my life or what if. Every time something good happened because I had simply graduated high school I thought of Mr. Swanteson and said thank you Sir for helping me that summer day.

May you Rest In Peace and I will always raise a glass and thank you for taking the time and helping a kid from Long Island.

Jennifer Albach

February 26, 2019

It's nearly impossible to minimize a lifetime of memories into a few lines. Nothing can prepare you for the day, you have to say goodbye to your Daddy. Even more difficult to accept is the reality that I will never be able to call for your advice or see you when I come home. When I was little you protected me and provided for me. Through the years, you taught me right from wrong, how to be independent, self sufficient and instilled a strong work ethic. I'm so grateful to have inherited your mechanical ability and eternally grateful for Mom and all my siblings, not only do we love you but we love each other and always have each other's back. So many happy childhood and grownup memories.
We all know how you liked to present that tough side of you but those who knew you well, knew you were a softy on the inside.
As a young child, I used to get frightened at bed time and lie awake afraid in the darkness, then I would hear your car turning onto the next block and feel safe and secure knowing my Daddy was home and would protect me. I'd be asleep before the garage door closed behind you.
I'll never be ready to say goodbye to you Dad.  I'm grateful for the years on Earth we've had together. Until I see you again, you'll live in my heart and my children's hearts forever❤

John Swanteson

February 24, 2019

I have so many memories of my Uncle Eddie it's hard to stick with just one, but here comes one of my earliest. When I was a child I used to sleep over his house to spend time with my cousins, I would always leave a few pounds lighter becuase he would instill such fear in me to open up the refrigerator that I would refrain from eating lol. It was his way, a little cheap for sure 😊, but when you have to feed a family that large can you blame him but regardless you always knew his heart was in the right place 💕 I cared for my Uncle very much and I knew he had a soft spot for me too :'( One time in the kitchen I was getting something to eat and rather than get annoyed at me I caught him with tears in his eyes staring at me behind my back, standing there like I was reminded him of my father (his brother), and possibly that was the connection between us. I always felt love from him regardless of his hard ways and I always felt the same for him. Rest in peace Uncle Eddie, you will me missed and I love you very much!

Jeanette Swanteson

February 24, 2019

My main memory of Uncle Eddie was the first time I was going to met him. I was a nervous wreck cause I had heard stories of how stern and sometimes mean he could be. But to my surprise my first encounter of him was a sweet mush with a feisty attitude and from that day he had a special place in my heart. (Maybe I was lucky 😂) I was around him many times after that and always saw that sweet side of him. I hope his soul is at peace and that he knows how much he was loved and will be missed. ❤️❤️ 😘

Hawkeye QC Pl 4 Bordt

February 24, 2019

Well you see, it was a Beautiful November day in the Catskill Mountains of New York and while visiting Swanny at his Family's Log Cabin Up-State. I mentioned to him, this is really so nice up here but it would be really neat if maybe we had some Snow. So later on that day while inside the Cabin, he said Come Outside - here's ya Snow !! It was so Beautiful. We had a great time that weekend.  May God Bless Him (-:

Tom Whitehead

February 21, 2019

So back in Plant 4, Eddie was the "Overtime King" hands down. There was a time when there was a cap on FICA (SS) withholding. Once you made the limit then there was no more $ deducted from your pay check that year. In 1975 the cap was 14,100 gross salary. Today it is at $132k.
We all worked overtime- and a lot of it. I would reach that limit usually around December. BUT... Ed would reach that goal every year around July!
He combined his wit and sense of humor with his professionalism to his career. He certainly shared and mentored all around him looking for no kudos. ED, farewell and following seas!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY