Joan S. Swart

On November 3rd, Joan S. Swart joined her husband with our Heavenly Father. She passed quietly at home with her family at her side. She was predeceased by her husband, Samuel Swart and her parents, Earl and Ellen (Frank) Strong.  She is survived by her children and grandchildren Lynda Swart & Brian Pelkie and Justin Powers, Lorrie & Peter Allen, Rebecca & Timothy, and Randy & Sue Swart, McKenzie & Eric, her sister Evelyn (Martin) Baker, her brother Willard (Clella) Strong  and many nieces,  nephews and extended family. 

Joan Swart was born July 6, 1937 to Earl and Ellen (Zee) Strong in Deposit, NY. Joan attended Deposit High school and completed both her undergraduate and graduate work at Oneonta State Teachers College. While her children were growing, Joan was an active volunteer in 4-H, boy and girl scouts, and as a Sunday School teacher. Joan later returned to her teaching career and taught Home Economics and Child Care at Oswego High School, Downsville Central School, Miller Avenue School, BOCES, and Walton Central School. She was a long-time member of the Walton United Methodist Church. 

Joan will always be remembered for her many baking delights—snow-day donuts, birthday cakes, endless cookies, and holiday feasts. Her recipes have been written, and lessons have been passed onto family, friends and the students she taught. She was a talented painter and excellent seamstress from slate painting to drum majorette uniforms, Halloween costumes, quilts, and winter mittens and gloves. She enjoyed family and friends and opened her heart and home to all who arrived at the door. 

Calling hours to which relatives and friends are invited to attend will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 10-12 P.M. at Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend Street, Walton. A service to celebrate Joan’s life will follow at the funeral home at 12 P.M. with Pastor Kent Terchunian officiating. Burial will follow at Walton Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Walton Fire Department & Emergency Squad, 61 West Street, Walton, NY 13856 or to Hospice of Central New York and of the Finger Lakes, 990 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Courtney Funeral Home, Walton. To leave a message of hope and comfort for Joan’s family please visit