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Jean Madge Dempsey Swayne

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Jean Madge Dempsey Swayne

AGE: 93 • West Grove, PA

Jean Madge Dempsey Swayne, age 93 of West Grove, PA, died Sunday September 20, 2015 at home in West Grove, PA. She was the wife of the late William E. Swayne Sr who died in 2002 and with whom she shared 62 years of marriage. Born in Liberty Grove, MD, she was a daughter of the late Roland and the late Ethel (Moulton) Dempsey. Jean was a longtime member of the West Grove Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed vacationing at the Thunder Hill Gun club in Potter County with her husband. She was an amazing cook. Her signature dishes included her bean soup with dumplings and apple crisp.

Survivors include three sons, William Jr. of West Grove, Joseph (Nancy) of Wilmington DE, and Thomas (Mable) of Newark DE; one daughter, Deborah Reinike (Allan) of Hillsboro TN; two sisters, Annie Clendenin of West Grove and Virginia Roberts of Smyrna DE; 7 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

You are invited to visit with Jean's family and friends from 10-11am Thursday September 24, 2015 at West Grove Presbyterian Church 139 West Evergreen St. West Grove, PA 19390. Her funeral service will follow at 11am. Interment will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE. Contributions in her memory may be made to either to West Grove Presbyterian Church at the aforementioned address or to Neighborhood Hospice, 795 E. Marshall St. Suite 204, West Chester PA 19380. Arrangements are by Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home of West Grove (610-869-2685) To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

Published in The News Journal on Sept. 23, 2015
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