Dorothy H. Swanson, 87, a former resident of Falconer, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Brandon, Fla.
She was born Sept. 24, 1925, in Jamestown, the daughter of the late Ivar and Helen Gunnell.
A 1944 graduate of Falconer High School, she worked in the former Steel Partitions factory prior to her July 13, 1946 wedding with the late Master Sgt. Carl L. Swanson, from Frewsburg, N.Y.
Dorothy enjoyed her 58-year marriage with Carl, until his passing in 2004. They lived in many places across the U.S.A., throughout the first 22 years of marriage while Carl was in the U.S. Air Force. She always considered the Falconer area as home, returning in 1959 and residing until 1985, when the couple moved to Sarasota, Fla.
Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great- and great-great grandmother. She was known for her loving ways, giving spirit and vivacious sense of humor. She enjoyed any opportunity for a family gathering, dancing, bowling, horseshoes, bocce, and shuffle board. She relished the times spent with children and grandchildren during long walks in the woods or along creeks, using her ac-tive imagination to cause each outing to become an incredible adventure and long lasting memory for the participants.
Surviving are her children: Sherry L. (John) Matt-son of Valrico, Fla., Carl Lee ( Patricia ) Swanson of Doylestown, Pa., and Dian L. Swanson of Valrico, Fla.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters: Margarite Ellis, Bernice (Tudy) Woody and Jeanette DiDomenico; a brother, Herbert Gunnell; and a great-grandchild, Brandon Mattson.
Dorothy will be interred in the Lakeview Cemetery with her late husband. Friends and family may donate to the American Heart Association; or a charity of their choice in her name.