Doris E. Swander, 91, of Tiffin, passed away at 9:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at St. Francis Home, Tiffin, where she resided the last seven months.
Doris was born Feb. 23, 1922, in Sulphur Springs, to Mamie (Enders) Laux and Fred Laux. She married Charles W. Swander July 3, 1942, in Tiffin.
Survivors include her son, Delmar (Sandy) Swander of Maumee; daughter-in-law, Judy (Hade) Swander of Port Clinton; four grandchildren, Scott Swander of Tiffin, Kevin Swander of Port Clinton, Brad Swander of Tiffin and Shellie (Dave) Zavatsky of Grand Blanc, Mich.; six great-grandchildren, Jackie, Steven, Kasey and Kaden Swander and Andrew and Amanda Zavatsky; one great-great-grandchild; a niece, Pam (Mike) Perkins of Tiffin; two nephews, Tim Below of Tiffin and William (Dee) Marquart of Bucyrus; a great-niece, Nicole Perkins of Tiffin; two great-nephews, Jason (Katie) Perkins of Tiffin and Ethan Below of Findlay; special friends and caregivers, Sharon and Dan Waters; and her "other" son, Tom Bridinger.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles; two sons, Paul R. and Glenn L. Swander; her three brothers, Delbert, Ray and Amos Laux; and four sisters, Mary Laux, Evelyn Raywood, Isabelle Marquart and Ethel Below.
Doris was a 1940 graduate of Republic High School and was a member of First Lutheran Church. She was a lifelong resident of Seneca County. She and Charles resided on the family farm for almost their entire marriage. She was an avid card player and loved a good night at bingo. Day trips to a casino with her friends was a favorite pastime. She was a homemaker and exceptional cook.
In her younger years, she sewed habits for the sisters of Mercy Hospital. Her skills as a seamstress were well known, and her family, friends and neighbors enjoyed the fruits of her labor. We all have "stitches" by Doris/Mom/Grandma. Her potato salad was famous at all family gatherings. She also was a member of the Know Your Neighbor club for more than 50 years.
Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-3113.
Her funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, with Pastor Kenneth Gillikin officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Home, First Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice, in care of the funeral home.
To send condolences or for directions, go to www.traunerofuneralhome.com.