Vivian L. Swartz

Vivian SwartzVivian L. Swartz, 89, of Oil City, went Home to be with her Lord on Friday afternoon, May 12, 2017 at Oakwood Heights in Oil City.

She was born in Punxsutawney on January 21, 1928 to the late Michael Joseph and Sara Pearl (Phillips) Reilly.

She attended Punxsutawney High School, and later received her training from the Oil City Vo-Tech to be a certified nursing assistant.

In her earlier years, she was of the Catholic faith. She then attended the Free Methodist Church in Oil City.

Vivian enjoyed crocheting, cleaning house, puzzle books, and watching television.

She worked at various restaurants, cleaned homes, and was a nursing assistant at Venango Manor in Franklin for many years.

She was married in Punxsutawney on July 9, 1946 to Jake T. Swartz, and he preceded her in death on September 7, 1991.

Surviving are two daughters, Carol Dunkle and her husband Al of Cranberry, and Kathy Tarr of Oil City; five grandchildren: Maria Forsell and her fiancé Doug Carter of Franklin, Richelle “Shelli” Cornmesser and her husband Ryan of Franklin, Sean Swartz of Florida, Sara Masi and her husband Jack of Colorado, and Khara Campbell and her husband Justin of Colorado; and ten great-grandchildren: Randy Winters, Jr., Ellie Feely and her fiancé Alex Wheaton, Ashlynne, Keturah, Elijah, and Tristian Cornmesser, Ariana and Gianna Masi, and Asher and Jeremiah Campbell.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Lonnie Swartz; a great-grandson; a brother, Thomas Reilly; and two sisters, Eileen Dixon and Maxine Love.

Friends will be received Wednesday (May 17) from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Hile-Best Funeral Home, 2781 Rte. 257 in Seneca, Cranberry Township.

A funeral service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday (May 17) at 4 p.m. with Rev. Gale Boocks, officiating.

Private interment will follow in Heckathorn Cemetery, Seneca.

Memorial contributions may be made to any hospice organization.

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