Hartford, New York – Rita Ann (McHenry) Swezey, 66, passed away on July 31, 2022, at Glens Falls Hospital with her family by her side. Her nine-year battle with pancreatic cancer was mighty and fierce.
Rita was born in Granville, New York, on July 22, 1956, the daughter of David and Rose (Whitney) McHenry.
She married Michael J. Swezey on Feb. 24, 1979, and they shared 43 years together. Mike and Rita owned and operated Swezey View Farm where they worked side by side and raised their family.
Rita was a member of the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary, serving in many capacities over the years. She enjoyed her time as a teacher’s aide and bus driver at Hartford Central School and retired after her cancer diagnosis.
Rita was known to be the biggest cheerleader for her kids and grandkids at all of their sporting events and many activities. She gave of herself to others in many ways as a quiet leader in her community and was proud to say that it didn’t matter who showed up at her house for a meal, they would leave with their belly full. She was a humble, loving, generous woman who inspired many and was proud to take over the family donut-making tradition. While her children were her world, her real calling was being a grandmother.
Left to cherish her memory are her mother Rose McHenry, her sister Mary and Danny Lussier, her husband Mike Swezey and her children Amy and Dayton Maxwell, David Swezey and Marie and Erin and Jacob Cole. In addition, she is survived by her beloved grandchildren Anna, Molly and Nolan Maxwell, Aiden, Gavin and Lily Swezey and Logan, Landon and Leah Cole and her soon-to-be great-granddaughter Harper. She also is survived by her white German Shepherd Jasper and her extended family of in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who turned into family.
She was predeceased by her father David J. McHenry, in-laws Jerome and Leah Swezey, grandson Levi Cole and many other beloved relatives.
Rita’s family is deeply grateful to the doctors and staff of the C.R. Wood Cancer Center and the ICU nurses and staff at Glens Falls Hospital for showing her and her family compassion and care in her final days.
Calling hours were Thursday, Aug. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department. A celebration of her life was held on Friday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Hebron United Presbyterian Church in West Hebron. Burial followed the service at the Morningside Cemetery in Hartford, New York. After the graveside service, all were invited to join the family at the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department for a meal and time of remembrance.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hartford Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, PO Box 121, Hartford, NY 12838. The family asked that food donations be dropped off at the fire house Thursday evening or Friday morning.
Online condolences may be made at www.robertmkingfuneralhome.com.