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Dana M. Beatty

Dana Mae (Bixler) Beatty, age 87, of Swanton, Ohio passed away peacefully Wednesday night, September 2, 2015 at Swanton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center where she resided. Dana was born November 2, 1927 in Orrville, Ohio, to Loah (Koons) and Calvin Bixler. She married her true love, Owen R. Beatty on February 8, 1947 and thus began a life of love and laughter. For 68 years, Dana and Owen cherished and cared for each other until Owen’s passing this July.

Lifelong residents of northwest Ohio, Dana and Owen settled in Swanton to raise their four boys. Dana was an intelligent woman with a great sense of humor and a sharp wit; a faithful friend, devoted mother and supportive wife. Her talents included cooking, baking, gardening and sewing. She was a great conversationalist, reader and analyst of current events.

Dana was an active member of the community who gave of her time and talent whenever there was a need. She served as a crossing guard for Swanton schools at the corner of Garfield and Main for thirteen years, morning, noon and afternoon, notable among other civic contributions.

Dana is survived by her sons Timothy P. (Susan), Christopher W. (Kathy), and Kyle O.; grandchildren Grace (Joe) Bell, Peter Beatty, Megan (Gabriel) Boscana, Justin (Pandora Young) Beatty, Amanda Beatty and Ian Beatty; great grandchildren Lily and Lucy Bell and Amelia Boscana; sisters Lois (Arthur) Germann and Mary Lou Rettstatt; brother-in-law Wendell Newcomb and sister-in-law Sue Bixler and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Calvin, sisters Vivian and Evelyn and her beloved son Matthew E.

Family and friends may visit Saturday, September 5th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton (419.826.2631), where funeral services will begin at 5:00 p.m. Saturday with Rev. Donna Stutzman officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery in Delta will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Promedica Hospice or The Swanton Public Library.

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

Visitation: Saturday, September 5th from 2 to 5 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton

Funeral Service: Saturday, September 5th at 5:00 pm in the Funeral Home

Interment at a Later Date: Greenlawn Cemetery

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My heart felt condolences to all. Your mother was a wonderful, fun, giving lady. I will always remember her laugh and her great sense of humor. I will miss both she and your dad and cherish the visits I was able to have with them these last few years. They were a wonderful couple.

Janet Ziegler Sep 4 2015 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to Tim and your family. I have enjoyed your mom when she would come into the beauty shop. She was a "Hoot," We laughed a lot, she also had a sensitive side when talking about your dad, they were very one in the same on caring for each other! I will miss her pretty smile. She was a lovely lady.

Shirley and Doug Gigax Sep 4 2015 12:00 AM

I knew your Dad and your Mom and felt so sad when your father passed. They were such a perfect match, and so much fun to spend time with. I knew them from being around town at civic events and the rescue squad, where I am sure your mother served years ago. My condolences to you and your families for such great losses. You parents were memorable because they were such wonderful people and so friendly to everyone. God Bless you.

Carolyn Nagel Sep 4 2015 12:00 AM

Sincerest sympathy to Tim and your family. Your mom was a special person. Delivered meals to them and they were always a pleasure to talk to. Sorry for your loss.

Wayne and Marsha Nelson Sep 3 2015 12:00 AM