A longtime resident of the Iroquois/Matilda area, Mabel Swerdfeger passed away peacefully on Jan. 12, 2011, at the Bayfield Manor in Kemptville. She was in her 99th year.
Mabel was born in Williamsburg Township, on July 27, 1913, to her parents Charles and Viola Stata (nee Servage).
Mabel was involved in farming her entire life. She began working for her cousins George and Luella Beckstead when she was in her teens. It was at that time that she met her future husband, Ernie Swerdfeger. They married and started their life together farming in shares at Morewood.
It was at the Morewood farm that their eldest daughter, Shirley was born. Soon they rented a farm in the Dixon’s area, and there they had Betty.
In 1946, they bought a farm at Haddo, and Glenn came along a couple of years later.
It was at Haddo that Mabel and Ernie spent the rest of their lives together, farming and raising their family, until Ernie passed away in 1971. Mabel continued to live on the farm with Glenn and his family, until the fall of 2008.
Mabel lived for her family, farming, and gardening. She especially enjoyed cooking for her family. She always had after school treats for her children, grandchildren and their friends. Mabel was an outstanding cook and could make a delicious meal on the spur of the moment.
She enjoyed cheating at euchre, dancing, laughing, and travelling with her sisters and special friend Walter Ouderkirk.
Mabel is survived by her children Shirley (Arnold Foster), Betty (Jim Locke) and Glenn (Margaret Waddell). She will be lovingly remember by seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
She was predeceased by her husband Ernie in 1971, as well as her siblings Ernie, Lyle, Grant, Ruby (Hall), and Gladys (Hutt) and a great-grandson David McGill.
Her work ethic, family values, along with her sense of humour and outstanding memory made it a pleasure and honour for anyone who was fortunate enough to have known her.