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1348 S. Pike Street
Shinnston, WV 26431
Phone: 304-592-5925
Fax: 304-592-2213
Debra Swiger

Debra Rae Swiger (Rowand)

Tuesday, May 18th, 1954 - Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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Debra Rae Swiger, a teacher and life-long resident of Worthington, WV, surrounded by her family went to be with the Lord on November 12, 2020 at the age of 66. She was born May 18, 1954 in Marion County, a daughter of the late John and Virginia Rowand.
She was preceded in death by her sister Dawn Price of Van Buren, MO.

Debbie is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Harley Dean Swiger Jr. of Worthington, WV, Her five children, Harley Dean Swiger III (Natalie) of Worthington, WV, Amber Raeann Swiger of Worthington, WV, Wendy Michele Richmond (Brian) of Denver, CO, Greg Swiger of Bridgeport, WV, and Lori Jackson (Steve) of Hendersonville, NC. Twelve grandchildren, Harley Swiger IV, Kaylie Swiger, Marc Richmond, Baron Richmond, Joshua Swiger, Jordan Swiger, Jacob Swiger, Brittany Whitehead, Caroline Jackson, Gabriel Jackson, Hannah Jackson, Delaney Jackson, and seven great grandchildren. Two brothers, John Rowand (Beverly) of Schertz, TX, Kip Rowand (Debra) of Monongah, WV and several nieces and nephews.
Debbie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and teacher. She received her Bachelors of Art in Education from Fairmont State in 1976 and was a dedicated teacher in the Marion County School District. Her passion was to educate and mentor young minds and see her students reach their full potential. She gave 39 years of her life to impacting students through her pursued excellence in education. Debbie was a problem-solver who often took on the difficult classrooms with the hope of helping students succeed.
She was a spiritual person who deeply valued her relationship with God. She was a lifelong member of Sunrise Chapel in Monongah, WV. Debbie spent many hours studying scripture and listening to worship music. One of God’s promises that impacted Debbie’s life the most was the scripture from Hebrews 12: 1-3, which speaks of running our life race with perseverance, and fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Her favorite song was “It is Well with My Soul.”
Debbie loved to read and she spent countless hours enjoying her book time. She also enjoyed spending quality time with family, playing bingo, bowling, day trips to play cards at the casino, and listening to music.
Debbie took great pride in her Italian heritage. The family enjoyed years and years of amazing authentic Italian cooking, playing card games, loving, laughing, and creating wonderful memories that will carry on for generations to come. Filled with a competitive spirit, she enjoyed playing many athletics and continued this passion through coaching cheerleading and enjoying watching her children and grandchildren play sports.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. George G. Sokos, and his team from the WVU Heart & Vascular Institute, who took care of Debbie through the many stages of her illness.
In keeping with her wishes, cremation services were provided by Perine Funeral Home. There will be no public services. In lieu of sending flowers, donations can be sent to Sunrise Chapel in Monongah. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.perinefunerals.com. The Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Swiger family.
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Roberta Absherr

Posted at 12:44pm
My sincere condolences to the family of Debbie Swiger. The first year I began teaching at Monongah Middle I met Debbie and immediately admired her strength as a teacher and leader. Within a few months the staff had to go on strike and picket outside the school. It was a scary situation, particularly that first morning when it was still dark and we were unsure who would come and who would not. Debbie gave encouragement to all. Later we had to begin the Faculty Senate, and she supported the organization well. She seemed to have a strong personality that could handle any situation, And there are lots of situations in a middle school. I will miss her. Roberta Absher
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Kathleen Johnson

Posted at 07:07pm
My sincere condolences to all members of Debra (Rowand) Swiger's family on the loss of Debra. My heartfelt sympathy especially to Kip, a dear friend/brother to my husband Ned Johnson.
I wish it were possible for me to be with you, Kip, every step of the way in your sorrow as you were with me and my family. You, your immediate and extended family are in my thoughts today and you will be in my prayers.
Mrs. Ned (Kathleen) AKA "Miss Kitty" Johnson

Pam Wilson

Posted at 09:25am
Johnny and Kip
Debbie was my very, very best friend
As I think of all the times I spent at your
House tears come, we are blessed that
She has met the Master and as we continue
To keep The Faith we shall meet her on the
Far side of Jordan where she is waiting and we
Will go see Jesus had in hand
Love you and praying for you
Pam Wood Wilson
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Elizabeth Kocsis

Posted at 03:50pm
With heartfelt condolences, I am sorry to hear about your loss. I had Mrs. Swiger as my 4th grade math teacher. She was a wonderful teacher and she instilled so much knowledge in all of her students. All of the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
With sympathy,
Elizabeth Kocsis
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