Jay D. Swanson

SWANSON, Jay D., 59, of Weirton, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, at his home.

Born May 19, 1953, in Steubenville, OH, he was the son of the late Johan W. II and Eleanor Cox Swanson. He was also preceded in death by his in-laws, Marion Andrew and Grace Zapor.

Until his retirement, Jay worked for the Weirton Area Water Board. He was a 1971 graduate of Weir High School and was an avid guitar player and wood carver. He also loved watching the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins games.

Jay is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Deborah L. (Zapor) Swanson of Weirton; his beloved dog and best friend, Jangles; brothers, Johan (Mary) Swanson III and Scott (Sue) Swanson; sisters-in-law, Karen Zapor Gilson, Denise Zapor and Linda Zapor; brother- in-law, Mitchell (Margaret) Zapor; nephews, Jared and Justin Gilson, Charles Swanson and George and Mitchell Zapor II; nieces, Rebecca Hardin, Jessica (Matt) Hensley, Lorelei (Seth) Rhodes; Kelsey Gilson; great-nephews, Abraham Rhodes and Christopher Tucker and great-nieces, Samantha Tucker and Sierra Hardin.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 until the 7 p.m. funeral service at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV with Pastor James Rhodes officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Jay’s family.

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