Mr. Edward Henri Swanko, Jr., 60 of Lake City, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, January 11, 2014. He was born in Coral Gables, Florida and had made his home in Lake City since 1981. Mr. Swanko graduated from the Coral Gables High School in 1971 and was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served in Vietnam. He was a member of the Disable American Veteran's, the Knights of Columbus and Epiphany Catholic Church. Mr. Swanko was an avid animal lover, a licensed pilot and he enjoyed fishing and hunting when able. He was preceded in death by his father, Retired Major Edward Henri Swanko in 2002.
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Survivors include his daughter, Jessica Swanko Dupree (Devin), Charlotte, NC; his mother, Marcella Swanko, Wellington, FL; two brothers, John Swanko, Live Oak, FL and Mark Swanko, Jennings, FL; seven sisters, Kathy Poppe (Rick), Piedmont, SC, Dorothy Buenacasa, Columbia, MO, Mary Anne Truzzolino (Gary), Wellington, FL, Jane Souaid (Robert), Palm Beach, FL, Deborah Hendricks (Wayne), Huntersville, NC, Bernadette Hereth (Ric), Columbia, MO and Martiele Swanko, Pembroke Pines, FL; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends also survive.
A funeral mass will be conducted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Epiphany Catholic Church with Father Michael Pendergraft officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday evening at the funeral home with a Rosary service at 6:30 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of GUERRY Funeral Home, 2659 SW Main Blvd., Lake City. Please sign the guestbook at www.guerryfuneralhome.net
Published in Lake City Reporter on Jan. 14, 2014