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Darla Jean Swiatek

We sorrowfully announce the departure of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother Darla Jean Swiatek, 77, of Reidsville, NC, who passed away the night of April 12, 2021 at the Annie Penn Cone Health Hospital in Reidsville, NC. Darla was born in Napoleon, OH, attended Kent State University, and spent time as a math teacher before devoting herself to her family. Darla lived in North Royalton, Ohio and Richfield Ohio, before moving to Reidsville, North Carolina. She is preceded in death by her parents, the late Richard Edwin Hockman and Berdella Fahringher Hockman. Darla loved nature; she loved puttering in the garden; she loved reading and singing, but there was nothing she loved more than doting on her husband, three children, six grandchildren, and dog Sandy. Darla is survived after 53 years of marriage by her husband Tom, sisters Brenda Rhodes and husband Bob, Cheryl Austermiller and husband Bob; and Judith Cordes; children Bill Swiatek and wife Lisa, Jenny L. Dunn and husband Jay, Emily L. Metallo and husband Bill; and grandchildren Isabella Metallo, Peyton and Paige Dunn; and Devin, A.J, and Morgan Swiatek. She will be missed by all who knew her loving, kind and selfless personality and her bright eyes and sweet smile. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Darla's honor to the American Cancer Society.

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Hey there beautiful. For the last couple weeks I've had this deep urge to talk to you- with the instant realization it can't happen. So, I thought I'd talk to you here. Love you. Miss you every day. Our world isn't the same without you. I like to think of your spirit energy roaming the cosmos and journeying. This is the only way I know now to send you love. kisses.

Daughter Emily Oct 29 2021 12:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Darla Swiatek

Em Aug 13 2021 10:36 PM

Caring, thoughtful, loving, kind, cherished, makes you feel welcome and comfortable. So many have said it so beautifully. What a wonderful, giving sister-in-law. I can only add a couple memories to perhaps make us smile for a moment at this sad time. When Tom brought Darla home to meet Mom and Dad Swiatek for the first time she was no doubt nervous about meeting them. It was a small home with three brothers. And one bathroom. The brothers code was something like if you wanted privacy you locked the door, except for Mom and Dad of course. Well, Darla didn't know that. Boy was she startled to have the door just swing open. And the little brother was startled too. Darla remembered this second memory better than me. I think she really liked it - she would bring it up seems like every time we visited from out of state. The setting is one of their beautiful backyards, adults strolling around and talking. Emily, older now and probably very fast, continued the practice of running up and delivering a jumping hug of Uncle Ed. I am told it was a good open field tackle. Never saw it coming. Ed Swiatek

Ed Swiatek May 2 2021 1:40 PM

Mom, I love and miss you with all my heart. We all do. Heaven got an angel too soon. Me, Lisa, and the kids will always have a hole in our heart. We have so many great memories like how when we came down year and smelling the corned beef and cabbage, your ability to leap off ladders after a step or two, but I think AJ nailed a really good one when we all went down to the stream together in a mass group. We all had so much fun! We will always love and miss you. Love ya from Bill, Lisa, Devin, Austin, and Morgan.

Bill Swiatek and family Apr 27 2021 7:40 AM

To Darla, When you were first diagnosed with cancer we decided to live our lives in as normal a manner as possible and not let our last few years together be ruined by gloom and negativity. We spent many happy days together in spite of your illness and many months of chemotherapy. I constantly admired your courage and positivity and how you worked through the side effects of the treatments. You filled our days with smiles and sunshine and made things seem almost normal. You underwent over 24 months of chemo with some breaks in between. Sweetheart, you were one tough lady! Still you found the energy to do many of your favorite things like strolling through Bicentennial Park, visiting the flowers in our garden and spending as much time as you could with our grand children. Now you are gone and there's a big empty spot somewhere inside of me, but I can still find peace within the memories of our 53 years together. All those years of contentment and joy still seem to provide some sunshine even in your absence. When I do some of our favorite things I can almost feel you with me. Our three children and 6 grandchildren are a visible reminder of you and a living testament of our love. We truly were made for each other! You are still living in the minds of all who love you. We must say goodbye but remember that it's not forever.

Tom Swiatek Apr 26 2021 9:31 PM

Tom, Bill, Emily, Jenny, and all the family, Darla always made people feel welcome and comfortable. It was often summer time when we visited. She'd greet us with a smile and start pulling books and toys out of the basement for the kids! Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, with invitations for other family members to visit were common; and always a bowl of sweet red cherries with the stem and the pit! Always up for a stroll at a park, or just down the street or around the yard to see the different flowers and hostas. Darla is now able to enjoy all the beautiful gardens in heaven, but she will be truly missed by all of us here. Love and condolences to you all. ONward with God's help, Beth Swiatek

Beth Swiatek Apr 26 2021 12:07 PM

Darla was a blessing to brother Tom and our entire family. Our parents loved her as a cherished daughter, and Cathy and I loved her as a caring, thoughtful sister and friend. She was one of us. The void her passing has left will never be filled, nor will she be forgotten. Cathy and I have never so profoundly felt the meaning of the words of the poet John Donne: "and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." Indeed, we have lost a part of ourselves, but our loss is Heaven's gain. We take comfort in knowing we will see her again. Dan Swiatek

Dan Swiatek Apr 26 2021 10:21 AM

I remember you fixing Darla's hair that night. It was beautiful. I know Darla treasured your friendship and often spoke of you lovingly.:heart:

Brenda Rhodes Apr 25 2021 10:04 AM

My Aunt Darla was one if the kindest people I ever knew. I have so many fun memories of visiting her and Uncle Tom at their house in Richfield. Going there truly felt like going on vacationthere were so many fun things for a kid to do! There was a particular book she used to read to me when I was there. I loved the book so much that I told her if she ever didn't want it, I would like to have it. She gave it to me right then, and I still have it on my shelf over 25 years later. I also remember when she introduced us to a delicious Polish dessert, kolaczki ("kolacky"), and she passed the recipe on to my mom so we could enjoy it at home. Aunt Darla was always like thatso giving and kind. She is greatly missed and we will never forget the love she gave us. Holly Rhodes

Holly Rhodes Apr 23 2021 11:12 PM

Ed and I knew Darla and Tom as newlyweds when we were not quite newlyweds since we had ben married a few years. In later life we would stop to see them on our trips from New York State to Ohio. Often Darla would prepare lunch and Tom and Ed would remember their teaching days. It was always a good time to catch up on our families' activities (especially our kids and grandkids). How I miss those visits. Darla was always so gracious and we loved seeing their joint projects. I lost Ed almost 8 years ago but I know he would join me in extending love and sympathy to Tom and his family.

Carol Pfeffer Apr 23 2021 4:31 PM

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