Swinford, Bernice

Written by David Green.

Bernice Evelyn Swinford, 88, of Lyons, Ohio, died April 8, 2011, at Ebeid Hospice Residence in Sylvania, Ohio.

She was born July 31, 1922, in Toledo, Ohio, to Adam Joseph and Mary Elizabeth (Jonkowiak) Dzingleski.

Bernice married Walter Thomas Swinford on May 22, 1943. While Walter served with the U.S. Navy in World War II, Bernice supported the war effort by working for the Champion Spark Plug Company. Walter preceded her in death Oct. 29, 1978.

Bernice was an active member of the Lyons VFW Post #7574 Ladies Auxiliary. She also served as a 4-H advisor and was a member of the Fulton County Extension Club. She had a green thumb and loved working in her flower and vegetable gardens. She also was an avid Detroit Tigers fan.

She is survived by nine children, Tom Swinford, John (and Elizabeth) Swinford, Dennis “Danny” Swinford, Bill Swinford, Dick Swinford, Joe (and Cully) Swinford, Krystil (and Davis) Powers, Marcia Sebring and Brenda Hildreth; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Norm Dzingleski; sisters Florence (and Ted) Haupricht, Carolyn Alberts, Nancy Dzingleski, Rosalie Dzingleski; brother-in-law, Donald Dittmer; and aunt, Hattie Wroblewski.

Besides her husband, Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; an infant granddaughter, Teresa K. Burkholder; a sister, Gloria Dittmer; brothers Adam Joseph Dennis and Robert Brooks; brother-in-law, Raymond Alberts; and son-in-law, Daryl Hildreth, Jr.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, in Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora.  Interment will follow at Lyons Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 11, where a VFW Ladies Auxiliary service will be conducted at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Ebeid Hospice Residence or Lyons VFW Post #7574 Ladies Auxiliary.

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