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June 14, 2013

A. Miriam Swartz, 90, Richfield

RICHFIELD — A. Miriam Swartz, 90, of Richfield, died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Evangelical Hospital, Lewisburg.         

Born Dec. 23, 1922, in Monroe Township, Juniata County, she was a daughter of the late Earl S. and Emma (Graybill) Ferster. On Nov. 23, 1945, she married her late husband, M. Stanley Swartz, with whom she shared 58 years of marriage until he preceded her in death on Nov. 24, 2003.

Mrs. Swartz was a member of the Richfield Mennonite Church, where she belonged to the Women’s Missionary Society. She was also a member of the WCTU and the Gideon’s Auxiliary.

Miriam was a homemaker who enjoyed many things, including needle point, quilting, reading and playing games. Her strong faith and Christian devotion was evident in the many people and causes for which she prayed.

Surviving are her children, David S. Swartz and his wife Linda, of Chambersburg, Daniel E. Swartz and his wife Patricia, Philip D. Swartz and his wife Carol and Stephen D. Swartz, all of Tallahassee, Fla.; two siblings, Earl W. Ferster and his wife Grace, of Selinsgrove, Muriel A. Stouffer and her husband Hubert, of Richfield, and she leaves behind eight grandchildren, Matthew Swartz, Angela Cales, Ryan Swartz, Jenna Swartz, Kristen Swartz, Jessica Atkinson, Justin Swartz, Kendall Swartz; and two great-grandchildren, Oathen Atkinson and Lily Atkinson.

Three brothers, Robert M. Ferster, Paul G. Ferster, Howard W. Ferster and a daughter-in-law, Denise Swartz, preceded her in death.

A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Richfield Mennonite Church where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday with Pastor Aaron Benner, Pastor Paul Beech and Pastor Chandler Cutting officiating.

Interment will follow in the Richfield Union Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donations, in Mrs. Swartz’s memory, may be made to the Gideon’s International, Juniata Camp No. 3714.7, Box 91, Mifflintown, PA 17059 or to her church, the Richfield Mennonite Church, 167 Church St., Richfield, PA 17086.

The Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville have been entrusted with the arrangements.

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