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Nicholas L Swyka, Sr.
  • Memorial contributions may be made to St. Basil's Catholic Church in Chesapeake City, or the Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund c/o the funeral home.

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“I'LL NEVER FORGET WHEN I ASKED MY DAD TO GIVE ME AWAY IN MY SECOND WEDDING. HE SAID "WHAT AGAIN.....i DID IT ONCE" WE ALL MISS HIM VERY MUCH AND I...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: BARBARA STANLEY - WARWICK, MD

“Mrs Swyka It was always a pleasure to serve you and Mr. Swyka at Agway, you both were always so pleasant. We enjoyed customers like you. In my...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Rusty & Allana Chambers (from Agway) - DE

“you will be missed you always welcomed me into your home and i was always greatful for this you were a great father n law to my sister Traci and she...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Tennille McGinnis - clayton, DE

“My Gig-gi was an intelligent man. The two things he would always ask me as soon as I said hello were "How's work treatin' you?" and "How are you...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Samantha Swyka - Newark, DE

“I grew up next door to the Swyka family. I saw first hand the wonderful man that he was and the relationships he had with his wife and children. He...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Penny (Fanning) Parrott - DE

“Nick and Millie were introduced to us when the local veterans of WWII were invited to a showing at Apex Piping of the WWII Memorial Eagles which...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Joan and Ron Sabbato - Middletown, DE

“My grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew. I lived with him until I was three, and twice in college between boyfriends. I stayed at his home...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Angie Buntin - CLAYTON, DE

“My grandfather always greeted me with a smile, a hug, and I know i will type it wrong... a Yakshamiesh... and if you didn't answer right..you got...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Malin - Chesapeake City, MD

“Dad was a great Father, a constant teacher and a close friend. I feel so lucky that he was a part of my life for so long. He enjoyed time spent...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Ginny Swyka - Newark, DE

“Nick was a great guy and a fellow Veteran. I met Nick years ago when I joined Post 25. He was a good friend and I admired him for his service to our...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Ed Colaprete - Middletown, DE

“May Our Lord be near you on this day and Bless you in his gracious way, and may each sympathetic prayer help easy the sorrow that you bear. May...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Rev. Volodymyr Klanichka - DE

“When I think about dad, I think about a man that enjoyed simple things in life like nice weather to do a hard day's work in, a hot bowl of mom's...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: John Swyka Sr. - Newark, DE - Son


Nicholas L. Swyka, Sr.
Nicholas Lew Swyka, Sr. of Middletown, DE passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at home on November 13th, 2012 at the age of 91. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on December 23rd, 1920.
Called to serve his country, Nick proudly enlisted in the U. S. Army during WWII as an Anti-tank Gunman with the 99th Infantry Division of the 395th Infantry Regiment. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for heroism during the Battle of the Bulge where he was injured but continued to fight.
Nick was a life-long member of St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chesapeake City, Maryland and a member of the American Legion Post 25 of Middletown Delaware. In 1986 he retired from Carpenters Local 626 after 42 years of service.
A master carpenter, he enjoyed his wood working shop, and working in his garden, but what he loved most was spending time with his family. He had a quick wit and always had a good story which he was willing to share with family and friends.
Nick shared 70 years of marriage with his loving and devoted wife, Mildred.
Left to cherish the memory of their Father are his children, Nicholas Jr. and his wife Shannon of Houston, TX, Richard and his wife Cynthia of Hartly, DE, Joyce and her husband Dr. Kenneth Corrin of Galena, MD, Barbara and her husband Charles Stanley of Warwick, MD, Steven and his wife Marie of Glenn Mills, PA, Theresa and her companion Timothy Walkup of Middletown, DE, Virginia and her companion Wayne Leonard of Glasgow, DE, and John and his wife Traci of Newark, DE. Nick and Mildred also have 20 Grand Children, 18 Great Grand Children and 1 Great Great Grand Daughter. Nick is also survived by his brothers Leon of Middletown, NY and Pete of Elkton, MD.
A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 PM on Friday, November 16th, 2012 at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, 318 George St., Chesapeake City, MD 21915. A visitation service will be held at the same location from 9 to 10 AM on Saturday November 17th. Following the visitation service, a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 231 Basil Ave., Chesapeake City, MD and interment will be at St. Roses of Lima Cemetery, Chesapeake City, MD.
The Swyka Family gives special thanks to Susan Rutkoske of Vitas Hospice Care for the compassionate care she provided to Nick and the comfort she provided to his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Basil's Catholic Church in Chesapeake City, or the Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund c/o the funeral home.