Stephen J. Swartchick, 87, husband of Dorothy (Chaposky) Swartchick of Phoenixville, PA passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Born on November 5, 1933 in St. Clair, PA he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Elenchin) Swartchick.
Family was an important aspect of Stephen’s life. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy; his children, Marian Preston, wife of Lee L. Preston (Birchrunville, PA), Jean Cauller, wife of Gregg Oliver (Doylestown, PA), and Robert, husband to Jeanne Swartchick (Alpine, CA); and seven grandchildren, Alicia, wife of Josh Chirsan (Gilbertsville, PA), Paige Preston (Springtown, PA), Julia Cauller (Philadelphia, PA), Renee Cauller (Doylestown, PA), Robinson Swartchick, husband of Cristina (El Cajon, CA), Brittnie, wife of Alan Ruiz (San Jose, CA) and Chelsea Swartchick (Urbana, IL). Brothers: Joseph and Michael Swartchick husband to Darlene. Sister-in-laws: Maryann (Chaposky) Manion (St. Clair, PA) and Elizabeth (Chaposky) Albitz wife of Kenneth Albitz Sr. (Schuylkill Haven, PA), Joyce Chaposky (Carlisle, PA) and Barbara Swartchick (Falls Church, VA). Many nieces and nephews. Stephen is predeceased by his son Edward Swartchick and his brother Jack Swartchick
After graduating from St. Clair High School in 1952, Stephen served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1957. During the Korean War, he served on the U.S.S. Hornet as a pipe fitter. This experience helped to launch his career as a plumber.
Stephen began his married life in Phoenixville, working for plumbing contractors Soltys & Son and Kneale Brothers. In his last job before retiring, he managed the plumbing department at West Chester University, overseeing administrative and educational buildings, dorms, and sports facilities (including the Eagles preseason practice fields at one time).
He was a member of the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church and now a member of St. Ann Catholic Church. After attending daily mass, he enjoyed having breakfast with friends from church at the local diners.
Known for his infectious laugh, Stephen loved telling jokes. His favorite pastimes included watching movies, college football and basketball. He was a creative person who enjoyed the arts and was particularly skilled at carving wood figurines, painting, and drawing. He spent many vacations traveling to the West Coast to visit family. He also traveled to Europe, including a particularly memorable trip to the Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany. As a champion member of the Senior Bowling League (Phoenixville and Limerick) he enjoyed being with his team mates no matter if he had a good or bad day at the lanes. He was a member of the Phoenixville Senior Center and AARP, as well as a former member of Friendship Fire Company, Polish Club, and VFW Post 1564, where he played in their dart league in his younger years.
A viewing will be held in the Devlin Rosmos Kepp and Gatcha Funeral Home, 517 S. Main Street, Phoenixville, PA on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass in the St. Ann Chapel, 604 S. Main Street, Phoenixville, PA on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Phoenixville, PA. Pall bearers are: Robinson Swartchick (Honorary), James Swartchick (Godson), Josh Chirsan, Jack Sassany, John Mikitsh, Stuart Preston and Brian Preston.
We ask all those who are planning to attend to honor Stephen by respecting the CDC Covid guidelines. Please wear a mask, maintain social distance and use available hand sanitizers. Due to Covid, a celebration of life luncheon to honor Stephen is being postponed.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Respiratory Care Foundation at ARCFoundation.org or American Lung Association at action.lung.org.