Janet (Petrowicz) Swickard was born in Burns, Oregon on April 25, 1952, the daughter of Boleslaw (Bill) and Eunice Petrowicz, and died on January 19, 2020 surrounded by her family. She moved many times throughout her childhood, graduating from Shasta High School in Redding, CA in 1970. She married her high school sweetheart, David Swickard, in October 1971, and settled in Gresham, Oregon.
Janet’s early career saw her working downtown Portland as a typist before starting her family in 1974 when their daughter, Jennifer, was born. Daughter Andrea followed in 1976, and their family was complete. Janet stayed home with the girls in the early years, earning extra money by caring for other neighborhood children. As her children grew, Janet hopped back into a career, this time selling pea combine brushes, but she always kept her family a priority. Janet and David moved to Waldorf, MD in 1997 for David’s position as Fire Chief of the Air National Guard, while she worked in member services at the Air Force Sergeants Association.
She loved spending time camping and visiting family near and far. Janet was active in her church family, and never met a stranger, documenting every gathering with a photo or 20. She moved to Boise, ID in 2008 so she could enjoy being closer to her grandchildren after retirement. After her first cancer diagnosis in 2012, she became active in the local Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, raising money for a cause near and dear to her and was named an Honored Hero in 2018. Her open heart and generous spirit made her many friends.
She is survived by her husband, David Swickard, daughters Jennifer Reynolds (Boise) and Andrea Renholds (Walla Walla), sons-in-law Jeffrey Reynolds and Jon Renholds and five grandchildren Caden and Malia Reynolds, Veronica, Emmett and Ian Renholds, and by her sister Nancy Petrowicz and brother-in-law Ken Dobbin. Funeral services will be Friday, January 24 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Boise, ID at 10am. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in her name.
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Betty J Driebergen saysJanuary 23, 2020 at 2:45 pm
Dear David, I am so sorry for your loss. As you know Janet and I had a great connection and she loved you dearly..I am so sad to see that she passed. Sending many many prayers.
Janey Merrill saysJanuary 23, 2020 at 3:43 pm
I am saddened to hear about Janet. My late husband and I met her years ago at LLS Group meetings. She fought her disease and always had a smile. I’ll miss her.
Kenneth Shaw saysJanuary 23, 2020 at 3:49 pm
David and Family.
It’s hard to understand why our love ones are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a very special part of a well-lived life. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Ken Shaw CMSgt (Ret)
Battle Creek MI
Mary Ashley saysJanuary 23, 2020 at 5:21 pm
What a light Janet was to me during my time working at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Her radiant personality and spirit of joy and perseverance brought many smiles to mine and others faces. As some of my friends were able to meet her, they understood why I spoke so highly of this woman. She always remained so true to her faith and pursuit of heaven even in the midst of many hard times. I am a better person after crossing paths with Janet, and my prayers are with her family during this time of grief.
Bonny Chohrach saysJanuary 23, 2020 at 6:18 pm
David, We are so very sorry that Janet has passed away, it gives us a very heavy heart. She was such a key part of our LLS Group, always welcoming, always smiling, always willing to help others. I remember her saying that is her mission in life – to help others, which she did with such compassion and love. She will be missed very, very much.
Bonny & Chuck Chohrach
Bill Finch saysJanuary 23, 2020 at 6:24 pm
David and Family,
Janet was a kind soul that touched the lives of many. I’m so sorry for your loss!
Don & Diane Nelson saysJanuary 23, 2020 at 7:52 pm
Dear David, we were so sorry to hear that Janet has passed away. She was such a special lady and feel honored to call her our friend. Please know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. We will miss her.
Glenda Bean saysJanuary 24, 2020 at 1:30 am
Dear David and Family,
I’m so sorry to hear about Janet’s passing. Mike Bean and I met her at the St. Alphosus Support Group meetings.
She was always so kind and gracious.
Janet gave Mike and I a very nice photo from our remarriage at the Chapel.
She will be dearly missed.
Ron & Deborah Hawkins saysJanuary 24, 2020 at 5:44 am
David, Family & Friends;
So, so sorry to get word of Janet’s passing. She was always such a bright light at our LLS meetings and we so admired her laughter, her friendshp and her compassion for others. We’ll miss her!!
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