Sharon Ruth Swain
65, of Gnadenhutten, died Saturday Nov. 17, 2012 in Community Hospice House at New Philadelphia following a courageous two year battle with cancer. Born Nov. 21, 1946 in Erie, Pa. she was daughter of the late Owen and Marion (Lawrence) Platz. Sharon was employed as an emergency medical dispatcher at Stark-Summit Ambulance and Smith Ambulance of Stark-Summit at Massillon for the past 12 years. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, spending time with her family and going to yard sales.
She is survived by her husband Gerald Swain whom she married April 26, 1976. Also surviving are her children Rob (Erin) Matz of Erie, Pa., Carl (Amy) Swain of Wainwright, Michelle Tinlin of Uhrichsville, Chris (Katrina) Swain of Athens and Jimmy (Sara) Swain of Uhrichsville; a son in law T.J. Welch of Uhrichsville; 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; sister Janice (Steve) Dankovich of Jamestown, N.Y. and her mother-in- law Vada Swain of Uhrichsville. She was loved by many brothers and sisters-in -law, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter Kelly Swain Welch and her father-in- law Carl F. Swain.
A memorial service celebrating Sharon's life will be held Friday Nov. 23, 2012 at 3 p.m. in Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church on Pleasant Valley Road near Dennison with Pastor David Nauss officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of services. The Lebold-Smith Funeral Home in Bolivar is handling the arrangements. The family would like to thank the staff at Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County for their loving care of Sharon and suggests memorial contributions in Sharon's memory be made to Community Hospice at 716 Commercial Ave. S.W. New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. For those unable to attend please visit the funeral home's web site to share a memory and sign the guest register.
Published in The Times Reporter on Nov. 19, 2012