Henry John (Swiatek) Swen
Henry John (Swiatek) Swen, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away in his sleep on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Henry was born on January 9, 1931, in Meriden, Conn., to John Swiatek and Karolina Osianka, and had three sisters, Stacy, Josephine, and Jeanette. He received a Bachelor of Science from Central Connecticut State University and was a Korean War Veteran.
Henry worked with The Napier Company for 38 years while living in South Florida where he married his first wife and raised three children. He received the “Silver Beaver” award from the South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, in 1975 for many distinguished years of council-level service. He also served as a board member of various trade organizations for over 25 years.
Henry and his second wife, Nancy Abel, married in 1989, and retired and moved to Port Charlotte, in 1993. After retirement Henry co-authored the book The Napier Co., Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry. His greatest satisfaction however was derived from being a “Guardian ad Litem” within the Florida Court System. He spoke for the child in school, court or wherever a child needed a knowledgeable and responsible spokesperson.
Henry is survived by his wife, Nancy; three children, John, Suzanne, and Stephen; his stepson, Rick; seven grandchildren, Sarah, Michael, Alex, Viktor, Robert, Jennifer, and Jonathan; three step-grandchildren, Shannon, Ryan, and Stephen; and several great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Kathy and his grandson, Nathan.
In lieu of flowers please consider giving a donation to the Salvation Army.
A private family service will be held on November 1, 2021.
Joyce Elizabeth Ward
Joyce Elizabeth Ward, 79, of Lake Suzy, Fla., and Ticonderoga, N.Y., passed away on Monday, October 25, 2021, at her residence in Lake Suzy.
Born January 15, 1942, in Jersey City, New Jersey to the late John Joseph and Minnie (nee-Galli) Herr.
Joyce and her husband Donald James Ward, moved from New Jersey to Florida in 1998. Joyce was Vice President and owner of a Market Research Company. Joyce and Don were avid world travelers. One of her greatest joy’s was the years Don and she spent living on their sailboat “Scout”, and traveling the Caribbean. Joyce also extremely enjoyed fishing which she learned from her father John at a very early age, and was also quite the bow huntress while at her Lake George, New York home. Above all however, her greatest joy and pleasure was the time she spent with her grandchildren, Michael and Melissa.
Joyce is survived by her beloved husband Donald J. Ward, her four children, daughters Tiffany Smith of Mass., and Amy Porter of Md., and sons Stewart Ward of Colo., and Chester Ward of N.J.; grandchildren Michael and Melissa Smith, and many extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her sisters, Joan Boswell and Josephine Herr.
A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., with funeral service at 11 a.m. this Saturday, October 30, 2021, at Roberson Funeral Homes Port Charlotte Chapel. Committal and Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens cemetery in Port Charlotte, FL.
Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Homes & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.