O’Rourke & O’Rourke
Inc. Funeral Home

25 River Street
Salamanca, NY 14779
phone: (716) 945-4760
fax: (716) 945-4222

Paula I. Swartz

Mrs. Paula I. Swartz, 87, of Salamanca, NY died Tuesday evening, June 30, 2020 at the Pines Health & Rehab, Olean, NY following a long illness.

Born June 17, 1933 in Salamanca, NY, she was the daughter of the late James and Irene Paul Farrell. She was married on November 19, 1955 in the former St. Patrick’s Church to Mr. Richard D. Swartz, who predeceased her on February 25, 2000.

She was a graduate of Salamanca High School, Class of 1950.

She had been employed as a secretary to the Director of Special Education and School Psychologist with the Salamanca City Central School System for nearly 27 years, retiring in December 1992. Previously, she had been employed with the former Fancher Furniture Company for five years.

Paula was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish, the former St. Patrick’s Church, the Altar & Rosary Society, AARP both local and national chapters, and was a former member of the Consolidated Services Unit of the Salamanca School District. She had served on the Board of Directors for the Salamanca AARP Chapter #844.

She was very proud of her Irish heritage. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Surviving are: a daughter, Mary Jo Stark, Great Valley, NY; two grandsons, Kevin Stark, West Valley, NY, Brian Stark, Great Valley, NY; a niece, Judith Duell, Niagara Falls, NY; a nephew, Paul McCarthy, Williamsville, NY.

She was predeceased by a grandson, Dana Stark, son-in-law, Jeffrey Stark, and her sister, Margaret McCarthy.

Friends may call at the O’Rourke & O’Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River Street, Salamanca, NY on Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 10am – 12pm.

A prayer service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday at 12pm, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Parish, 274 Broad Street, Salamanca on at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Mariusz Sierhart, pastor, as celebrant.

Burial will be in Green Cemetery, Great Valley, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to EARS, P.O. Box 445, Salamanca, NY or the American Heart Association, 1-800-AHA-USA1.

E-condolences can be sent to orourke.orourkefh@gmail.com or posted to facebook.com/onofh.