Dorothy E. Swanson, 92, formerly of Jamestown passed away at 6:55 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Absolut Care of Westfield, Westfield, N.Y.
A lifelong area resident, she was born Dec. 21, 1919 in Jamestown, N.Y., a daughter of the late Paul William and Lillian Crossley Engstrom.
Before her retirement in 1975, she had been employed as a librarian and a teacher's aide by the former Fluvanna Elementary School for 10 years. In earlier years she had worked for the Crawford Furniture Company from 1941 to 1948 and again from 1967 to 1968 and also the former Nelsons Department Store from 1937 to 1941.
She was a member of the Fluvanna Community Church, a life member of the Fluvanna Fire Department Auxiliary, the Ellery Senior Citizens, the Fredonia Club Group and her special "Club Girls" group.
Surviving are two sons, Bruce L. (Cynthia) Swanson of Round Hill, Va., and Todd W. (Lois) Swanson of Westfield, N.Y.; a daughter, Dale J. (Larry) Ledgerwood of Geneva, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Joseph B. (Therese) Swanson of Brambleton, Va., Kimberly L. (Mark) Stout of Berryville, Va., Chandra L. (Jason) Wiegle of Wellsboro, Pa., Amy L. Ledgerwood of Rochester, N.Y., Adam D. Ledgerwood of Cortland, N.Y.; and three great grandchildren, Logan Swanson, Kailyn Swanson and Silas Wiegle.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, LaVerne O. Swanson whom she married Oct. 2, 1946 - they were the first couple married in the new chapel of the Dunkirk First Methodist Church - and who died Aug. 16, 1990; a brother, Paul N. Engstrom; and a sister, Jeannette Dix.
The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 16 in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Dayle F. Keefer, pastor of the Fluvanna Community Church officiated. Burial was in the Fluvanna Cemetery. Friends were received for one hour prior to the service on Monday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Fluvanna Community Church, 3363 Fluvanna Ave. Ext. Jamestown, N.Y. 14701 or to the Fluvanna Free Library, 3532 Fluvanna Ave. Ext. Jamestown, N.Y. 14701. You may light a candle in remembrance of Dorothy at www.lindfuneralhome.com.