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Phyllis Swan Wertime
Phyllis Swan Wertime

CHESTERTOWN - Phyllis Swan Wertime, 89, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, after two years of loving care at The Pines in Glens Falls.

She was born March 5, 1920, the daughter of the late Dr. Howard and Mildred (May) Swan.

She was a graduate of Chestertown Central School and Arcadia University. She did her graduate work at the University of Vermont and Penn State. She taught mathematics at Washington Academy in Salem, N.Y., from 1942 to 1946.

She was a lifelong member of the Chestertown United Methodist Church and served on its administrative board for a time. She was a longtime member of the DAR and the Historical Society of the Town of Chester.

A victim of retinitis pigmentosa, Phyllis was a marvel to all who knew and loved her. Although visually handicapped, she continued to live alone for many years. She had a love for music and was an excellent pianist.

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Along with her parents, Phyllis was predeceased by two brothers, Howard and Charles Swan, and one granddaughter, Kelly Culver.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Robert) Culver, her son, George (Margaret) Wertime, her grandson, Christopher Culver, and her granddaughters: Amy Clute, Elizabeth Wertime and Laurel (Scott) Edkin. She had three great-grandchildren: Adam and Joshua Clute and Kylie Culver. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Saturday, March 21, at the Barton-McDermott Funeral Home, 9 Pine St., Chestertown, from 1 to 3 p.m. with funeral services following immediately at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phyllis's memory to the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, the Historical Society of the Town of Chester or the National Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, Inc., 11350 McCormick Rd., 800 Hunt Valley, MD 21031-1002.

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