The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

Retha R. Swegar


February 7, 2018

Nov. 13, 1928 - Jan. 30, 2018

Retha M. Swegar, 89, a former Sweet Home resident for 50 years and most recently living in Stayton, was surrounded by family when she died peacefully after a long illness on Jan 30.

She was born Nov. 13, 1928 in Grand Rapids Mich., daughter of Robert and Artance Rider.

The family moved to California in 1936.

She married the love of her life, William (Bill) Swegar, in 1953; they moved to Oregon and soon settled in Sweet Home.

Along with raising five children and being an active member of the Catholic Church, she held various jobs within the school district, p...

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