June 10, 2017
Edmond S. (Rocky) Swierzowski, 91, of Mohawk Drive, Tribes Hill, N.Y., passed away peacefully on the morning of June 10, 2017 at River Ridge Living Center. Born in Amsterdam, N.Y. on May 4, 1926, he was the son of the late Stanislaus and Edna Dzikowicz Swierzowski. Rocky received his education in the Amsterdam school system and was a 1944 graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch Senior High School. He was a veteran of WWII. A devout Catholic, Rocky was a former parishioner, Eucharistic minister, lector, choir member and usher of the Church of St. John the Baptist in Amsterdam.
After graduating from high school, Rocky enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He received his basic training at Parris Island, S.C. and Camp Lejeune, N.C. before being transferred to Camp Pendleton, Calif. He became a sergeant, Sixth Marine Division, serving in the South Pacific. He was the first Amsterdam native to set foot in Japan during WWII.
After the war, he began his career in accounting, working for Fiber Glass Industries, PolyPly and finally Carbone’s Carpets, retiring in 2013.
Rocky was an avid bowler, rolling a 730 in the Polish League at Pin Haven Lanes, Amsterdam, N.Y. He enjoyed sports all of his life, and loved spending time with his family at home.
Rocky was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, the love of his life, Catherine Carbone, whom he married on June 20, 1953. She died on July 5, 2015.
He is survived by one son, Louis Swierzowski of Albany, N.Y.; two daughters, Ann (Alex) Barr of Medway, Mass., and Carol (Raymond) Victor of Windermere, Fla.; one brother, Rev. Stanislaus Swierzowski, two sisters, Theresa Krong and Alice (Edward) Janusz all of Amsterdam, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Joseph, Julia and Peter Swierzowski, Patricia, Jeffrey and Elizabeth Victor; brother-in-law, John (Stella) Carbone of Scotia, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Florence Warren of Amsterdam, N.Y. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
Rocky was predeceased by three brothers, John (Harold), Frank (Butch) and Joseph Swierzowski; and four sisters, Clara, Irene, Mary and Helen Swierzowski. Rocky was also predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Dian (Hart) Swierzowski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 39 St. John St., Amsterdam on Wednesday, June 14, at 10 a.m. Rocky’s brother, Rev. Stanislaus Swierzowski will be officiating. Calling hours are Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place, Amsterdam. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Johnson, N.Y. with military honors.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Robert Goslin and the staff at New York Oncology Hematology, and to the nurses and staff of the River Ridge Living Center. Memorial gifts in Rocky’s name may be made to New York Oncology Hematology, 1700 Riverfront Center, Amsterdam, NY 12010.