Leonard Edward Swiantek, age 76, of Perryopolis, Pa, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019 at Jefferson Hospital, Jefferson Hills, Pa. He was born in Charleroi, Pa on June 23, 1942, son of the late Louis and Ann (Bendik) Swiantek.
A graduate of Frazier High School and Fairmont State University, Leonard was a star athlete in a variety of sports. He was a beloved teacher at Frazier for over 35 years and with his father and family, operated the local farm stand on Rt. 51 in Perryopolis for more than 30 years. He loved sharing his home-grown tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables with the community at the farm stand and local flea markets. His tomatoes are still known as the “best in the region” due to the love and care he took growing them.
Leonard was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church and the Slovak Catholic Sokol. He enjoyed his summers working on his farm and going to Wheeling Island Casino.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 54 years, Marlene (Wallner) Swiantek; son, Leonard; two daughters: Lisa Swiantek and Leslie Warner and her husband Ryan; sister, Shirley Elnikar; two grandchildren: Paloma and Ben; nieces: Ann Johnson and Renee Logue; nephew, Eddie Elnikar.
He joins his best friend Lucky, a black Labrador retriever, in heaven. Leonard will be sadly missed by his friends and family and all who knew him.
The family will greet friends and family in the Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, 305 Rear Independence Street, Perryopolis, on Thursday, January 24 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Prayers of Transfer will be held on Friday, January 25 at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. The funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Perryopolis, PA. with Father Alvin Cabungal as Celebrant.
Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cemetery, Perryopolis, Pa.
A Rosary will be prayed for Leonard at 3 p.m. on Thursday in the funeral home by members of St. John the Baptist Parish.