Margory Rachel Sweetser, 83, of Fayetteville, N.Y. died peacefully on Jan. 20. The third child of Emily Saunders and James Keith, Margory was born in Outremont/Montreal, Quebec, Canada on April 12, 1928. She was the widow of Don Sweetser, who predeceased her in January 1995.
She came to the United States as a war bride following their marriage on April 23, 1948 in Montreal. Don’s work took them to Manchester, Mass; Colonia, N.J., and Sparta, Tenn, where a daughter was born in each locale, until finally moving to Fayetteville, N.Y. in 1973. Summers were spent on Martha’s Vineyard, where she was a past member of the Katama Association.
She loved to learn new things and be with friends. She will be remembered by many for her ever-present hospitality. Margory loved music, reading and knitting, and was a past member of the Audubon Society, which enhanced her love of songbirds and wildflowers. For 20 years before she retired in 1997, she drove a school bus for the Fayetteville-Manlius District. In 2004 she decided to become a U.S. citizen.
She is survived by her daughters, Kimberley Sweetser and her husband, Joe Lavetsky, of Fayetteville, N.Y. and their sons, Peter and his wife, Meghan, of Fayetteville, N.Y. and Joe of Atlanta, Ga.; Krista Sweetser of Manlius, N.Y. and her sons, Tom Radtke-Sweetser of Los Angeles, Calif. and Steve Radtke-Sweetser of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Torrey Sweetser and her husband, Earl Smith 3rd, of Evansville, Ind. and their daughter, Muriel Smith-Sweetser; a brother, Donald Keith of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Graham Lavetsky; and nine nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Muriel Keith, in 1948 and a brother, James Keith, in 1976.
Services will be private.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CNY Chapter, 441 Kirkpatrick street, Syracuse, NY 13204.