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Janey Swanik, 101, formerly of Wampum, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Wyngate Senior Living in Weirton, West Virginia.
She was born on June 15, 1916, in Clarksburg, West Virginia. She was one of 12 children born to her Spanish immigrant parents, Jesus and Dolores Artinez Gonzalez The family moved to Langeloth, Pennsylvania, when Janey was a child and she lived there until her marriage to Michael Swanik on July 29, 1937.
She was a 1935 graduate of Burgettstown High School. Janey and Mike moved to Wampum in 1946, when Michael purchased the Sno-Top Mushroom Farm.
Janey was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church and the Ellwood City Order of the Eastern Star.
When not working at home, she helped to run the mushroom business, even giving speeches from time to time on how to grow mushrooms.
She enjoyed gardening, making wool heirloom hooked rugs and quilting. She made more than 200 quilts during her life.
She especially enjoyed cooking for large groups of people and events. With her husband, Michael, Janey traveled often around the world and they were very involved in polka dancing, particularly at the SNPJ Club in Enon Valley.
Janey is survived by two children, Michael (Susan) Swanik Jr. and Anita LaLumere. She also has five grandchildren, James (Claudia) Swanik, Charles "Buz" (Kathy) Swanik, Jill LaLumere, Ellen LaLumere and Jessica (Kenneth) Romano; as well as six great-grandchildren, Matthew Cossio, Maria Swanik, Brenden Swanik, Alexandra Swanik, Gabrielle Swanik and Natalie Romanl; and a sister, Joesphine Jacobs.
Visiting hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main St., Wampum.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting marshallsfh.com.
Published on May 15, 2018
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