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Dorothy Swoger

July 5, 1932 ~ February 4, 2021 (age 88)


Dorothy Elizabeth Hazzard Rewakowski Swoger of Weedsport, NY (July 5, 1932 – February 4, 2021) Dorothy (Hazzard) (Rewakowski) Swoger was born and grew up in Weedsport, NY as an outgoing and adventurous teenager. Married in 1951 to Edward John Rewakowski (deceased), she had five children, Melody Rewakowski of Dinan, France, Dixie Vincent of Denver, Colorado, Vicky Ramos of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Philip Rewakowski of Princeton, Minnesota survive her. Valerie (Hemler) Mincher of Baldwinsville NY passed away in 2011. Dorothy is survived by her brother, Clinton Hazzard and his wife, Beatrice, 10 grandchildren and a growing number of grandchildren. Dorothy was always a vivacious person who loved to have a good laugh with friends and family. She was a dutiful daughter, caring for her parents, Gladys and Chester Hazzard of Horton Street, Weedsport, while working full-time, until they both passed away. Dorothy travelled the world, following her youngest daughter, Vicky of the US Navy, to the Philippines, Hawaii, Italy, the Azores, and Virginia. Over 20 years as a toll collector on the New York State Thruway, Dorothy decided to retire to be with her new love, Ronald Swoger, an Army veteran. She gave up her part-time love, her own Atlantic City party bus tour business, organizing trips for senior citizens. After Dorothy and Ronald married, they enjoyed over 10 years of travel by camping trailer, following the “good” seasons with winters in Las Vegas and summers in Weedsport. Her best memories of those years include managing Department of the Army campsites with Ron and waking up to deer in the forests of Arkansas and Mississippi. She loved seeing wildlife as they travelled cross-country, spotting buffalo and antelope while taking their time from one destination to another. After over a decade of travel across the United States, Dorothy and Ronald, returned to Upstate New York to care for her terminally ill daughter, Valerie. After Valerie passed away, they moved to Baldwinsville, enjoying their love of “one-armed bandits” at nearby casinos. When dementia overtook Dorothy, her health began to decline. Her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Frank Smelski of Weedsport NY were always close-by and close friends until their deaths. In turn, Dorothy’s nieces, Francine Race and Penny Hawker of Weedsport, have provided care to both Dorothy and Ron. Dorothy contracted COVID19 on Christmas Eve 2020 and was in care until her death. She will be remembered lovingly by all who knew her laugh, her love of life and her vivacious spirit. Funeral services will be held in the spring by White Chapel of Weedsport with burial in Weedsport cemetery. Expressions for the family can be sent to: White Chapel Funeral Home, PO Box 192 Weedsport NY 13166 or via their website:

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