Martin John ‘Marty’ Swovick

July 18, 1931 – Feb. 10, 2019


Martin John “Marty” Swovick, 87, Tyrone, formerly of Reightown, passed away peacefully Sunday morning at Epworth Manor, where he had been a resident for the last couple of years.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Walter J. and Mary Magdalen (Krish) Swovick.

Surviving are four nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth E. Leidy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Barbara A. (Prosser) Leidy; a brother, Melvin J. Swovick; and a sister-in-law, Maria Swovick.

He was a graduate of Altoona High School and graduated in 1953 from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture.

He served in the U.S. Navy, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four. He was a social worker and retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in 1989 after 30 years of service. Prior to that, he was employed by State Farm Insurance Co. He was a member of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, American Legion John M. Anderson Post 424, Bellwood, VFW Colobine-Loucks Post 5201, Bellwood and St. Stanislaus Kostka Brotherhood.

Marty enjoyed ornamental landscaping, trees, gardening, automobiles, trains and feeding and watching birds.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.12, 2019, at Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204 17th St., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, 443 Wopsononock Ave., Altoona, Father D. Timothy Grimme, celebrant. Committal will be at Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Cemetery, Altoona.