Michael E. Swendsen, 55, of Damascus, entered in rest on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Brighten at Julia Ribaudo in Lake Ariel after a long battle with cancer.
He was born March 23, 1955 in Callicoon, NY to Doris (Jackson) and the late Alfred I. Swendsen and raised in Tyler Hill. He was a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America. After graduation from Damascus High School, class of 1973 Michael spent time in the United States Air Force. He was a talented carpenter until his cancer diagnosis in 2006.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former Ruth Wood of Damascus; a daughter, Sarah Swendsen of Damascus; a son, Kevin Swendsen of Damascus; his mother Doris Swendsen of Tyler Hill; a brother David Swendsen and his wife Angie of Tyler Hill; a sister Kathryn Robbins and her husband Bruce of Honesdale; several nieces, nephews, and cousins
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Alfred I. Swendsen.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM in the sanctuary of the Central United Methodist Church in Honesdale with the Rev. Jean Blackie officiating. Friends may visit the Wesley Room at the church on Monday, February 28 from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM.
Interment will take place in Hillside Cemetery, Damascus at a later date.
Arrangements are attended by the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home 1228 Main Street, Honesdale, Pa 18431.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corp, Tyler Hill Pa 18469, the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church, 623 Callicoon Road, Damascus, Pa 18415, the Damascus Manor United Methodist Church, Box 221, Damsacus,PA 18415 or the Equinunk Volunteer Fire Department, Equinunk, Pa 18417.