Joyce E. Swavely, 77, of Reading, passed away at Reading Hospital on Tuesday, October 30. She was the widow of Rodney L. Swavely who passed in 2011.
Born on August 24, 1941, Joyce was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Dora (Hevyard) Marmontello.
A quiet woman who enjoyed time with her family, Joyce was fond of spaghetti dinners at the Olive Garden and time spent with her beloved dogs. She will be remembered for her collection of poems and verses.
Joyce is survived by her children, Robert L. Orischak, husband of Rebecca, of Reading, and Debra J. (Orischak) DeTurck, wife of Michael, of Reading.
She is also survived by one grandson, Mason Orischak.
Other survivors include Joyce’s brothers, Charles Marmontello of Lewes, DE, and James Marmontello of Reading; her dogs, Nikki and Chase.
Joyce is predeceased by her brother Michael Marmontello and her dog Tiffy.
Services are private at the convenience of the family.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I’ve found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much’
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.