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Carl Walter Swartz

1928 - 2020

Carl Walter Swartz, 91, of Milton, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Nottingham Village, Northumberland.

Carl was born November 10, 1928, on his family’s farm outside McEwensville.  He was the son of the late Raymond and Helen (Muffly) Swartz. Carl married Joeanna Krantz in 1954.  They raised seven children on their farm near Milton and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2004. Joeanna passed away in 2006 from a long illness. Carl married Anne (Huttenstein)Smith of Milton in late 2007.  They enjoyed eight years of marriage up until Anne’s passing in 2016.

Carl attended the McEwensville primary school and graduated from Milton High School in 1946. He farmed with his father Raymond for four years before attending the Pennsylvania State University and earning a degree in Agronomy in 1954. He subsequently served in the U.S. Army before returning to Milton to pursue a lifetime of dairy and grain farming, promoting no-till planting practices.  

A life-long Lutheran and member of Follmer Lutheran Church, Carl served on church councils in various positions. He was a three-term chairman of Board of Supervisors of Turbot Township, a member of board of directors of the Farmers National Bank of Watsontown and Commonwealth Bank of Williamsport.  Carl promoted restoration of the local ring-necked pheasant population over the past two decades. He was a member of the Penn State Alumni Association, the Holstein Association and a 20-gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross. 

Carl is survived by four daughters, Anne Satteson (Robert) of Nescopeck, Donna Braun (John) of Lewisburg, Helen Mabus (Wayne) of Dillsburg, Mary Cleveland (Jay) of Pittsburgh; three sons, Michael (Caron) of Vienna, VA, Raymond (Atlee) of Oviedo, FL, and Carl (Kristi) of Loveland, OH; thirteen grandchildren; four great grandchildren; four step-children, Brad Smith of Petersburg, WV, Kimberly Winter (Barry) of Cogan Station, Kristin Page (Robert) of Wellsboro and Kelly Smith of Berkeley Springs WV and sister Eleanor Kurtz, Chicago, IL.

Carl was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Taylor and a brother, Harold Swartz both of Watsontown.

A private, family-only viewing will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM at, Milton, PA.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11 AM in the Follmer Lutheran Church grove and is open to the public, with the Rev. Thomas Glasoe officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Milton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of the Follmer Lutheran Church.


Helen. So sorry for the loss of your father. Prayers to you and your family.

Helen, Mike and Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Father.

“Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” Author Unknown

Julie Erb

My heartfelt condolences to the entire family on your father’s passing. I obviously didn’t know him like you, but your father, and mother too, were two of the most genuine, considerate, kind and thoughtful people I’ve encountered. What a great example for all of us to emulate. To Ray and Carl....don’t know where 30 years have slipped by, but it sometimes seems so much shorter when thinking about the old days at PSU. Other than this difficult time, I hope you are well. Keeping all in thoughts and prayers.

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