Rhoda L. Swadel

Pittsfield, Maine-Rhoda Swadel died peacefully November 3, 2007 at her daughter’s home in Pittsfield after a courageous battle with cancer.

Rhoda was born in New York City to Mildred Stollock and Soloman Charles Lindemann in 1924. After discovering her talent for dance at a young age, Rhoda pushed herself to succeed as a professional dancer, performing at venues from Atlantic City’s Steel Pier to Florida’s Key West. She later joined the Navy, where she met her husband, Frank Swadel. They were married in 1944. Their son, Robert, was born two years later. After surviving a challenging bout of polio, Rhoda had two more children, William and Lynne.

After Frank’s death in 1985, Rhoda moved to Maine to be near her daughter and grandchildren.

Rhoda is survived by her children, Robert Swadel and his wife Carolyn, William Wright-Swadel and his wife Dorothea, and Lynne Swadel and her partner Julianne Bousquet; grandchildren Ashley Huston and her husband Knox, Andy Swadel, Amanda Young and her husband Harry and their four children, Emily Parkhurst and Stephen Parkhurst; who are all thankful for the time and energy she was willing to devote to them as a fantastic listener, political advisor, mother, grandmother and friend.

The family wishes especially to thank the wonderful and caring staff of Healthreach Hospice, Dr. Andreescu and the fine people at CancerCare of Maine for their kindness and professionalism.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to HealthReach Hospice at 212 Main St, Waterville, 04901 or to the Pittsfield Public Library, Main St., Pittsfield, Maine, 04967; Rhoda’s favorite place in town. At Rhoda’s request there will be no public funeral service. Interment will be at the Maine Veteran’s Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357. 207-737-4395