Margaret Ann Swinskie, 97, factory worker

November 28, 2003|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Margaret Ann Swinskie, a former factory worker and homemaker who enjoyed preparing Hungarian and Polish dishes and whose needlework won recognition at the state fair, died of complications from a stroke Sunday at Manor Care Rossville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 97.

Born and raised in Clarksburg, W.Va., Margaret Ann Meszaros was the daughter of immigrant parents from Budapest. She left school after the eighth grade and performed domestic and sewing jobs.

In 1924, she married John F. Swinskie, a steelworker, and in 1939 they moved to Highlandtown. Since his death in 1968, she had lived in Perry Hall.

Mrs. Swinskie had jobs in Baltimore at Crosse & Blackwell on Eastern Avenue and, from 1945 to 1960, with Air Pax Corp., manufacturers of transformers for electrical equipment.

She enjoyed canning vegetables from her garden and making grape and blueberry jelly and apple butter. She also made clothes and hats for her family and was an accomplished needleworker --an afghan she made won a blue ribbon at the 1999 Maryland State Fair.

She liked entertaining and cooking Hungarian and Polish recipes. She was particularly known for her Kifli, bread made with raisins, poppy seeds and nuts, family members said.

She was a longtime communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church and volunteered with the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Mrs. Swinskie, who did not drive, walked everywhere or rode streetcars and buses, said a daughter, Nancy Ellen Gardner of Fallston. "She remained physically active throughout her life and was only sick 40 days before her death," she said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road in Fullerton.

Mrs. Swinskie also is survived by another daughter, Marjorie Ann Harten of Perry Hall; a foster daughter, Margaret Kiser of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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