Obituary of Arlene Merriman Singer Swete
Arlene Agnes Merriman Singer Swete, 103, of Onondaga Hill, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
Born on the family farm in Otisco to the late Frank and Agnes (Flanagan) Merriman, Arlene graduated from Tully Central School in 1935 and from Syracuse Secretarial School in 1936. She worked at Crucible Steel Co. and Allied Chemical Co., and retired at age 76 from Syracuse Developmental Center. Arlene was a communicant of The Church of St. Michael & St. Peter, Onondaga Hill and a member of its Altar Rosary Society.
Arlene was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. Her kindness, caring and grace that she displayed throughout her life, truly set her apart.
Arlene was predeceased by her first husband James Singer in 1959, her second husband Francis P. Swete Sr. in 1982; her son Francis J. Singer in 2005; and three brothers Paul, Gerald and Vincent Merriman.
Surviving Arlene are two daughters Mary E. (Bill) Norejko of Bethlehem, PA and Anita Buckley of Onondaga Hill; son Patrick (Robin) Singer of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; sister Lucy Swanson of Forest Hills, NY; 7 grandchildren Audra, Jay, Tim, Erin, Julia, Ashley and Whitney; 5 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson, the youngest of five generations; 2 stepdaughters Linda Escro and Shirley Orr; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services and burial will be at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Church of St. Michael & St. Peter, 4782 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse NY 13215.