Barbara A. Swearingen

March 1, 1933 - February 10, 2008

03/01/1933 - 02/10/2008

Past Services

Wednesday February 13, 2008
2:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions
Thursday February 14, 2008
10:00 am
St. Joseph Cathedral
13th and Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-233-4121 | Directions
Thursday February 14, 2008
11:00 am
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions

SWEARINGEN, Barbara A. Beltz, 74, of Martins Ferry, OH, died Sunday, February 10, 2008 in Wheeling Hospital.
She was born March 1, 1933 in Wheeling, WV, a daughter of the late George E. and Gertrude McLaughlin Beltz.
Barbara was a 1950 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy, Wheeling, a former employee of the Martins Ferry Home Health Service, a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, and the Catholic Daughters of America.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one brother, Edwin Beltz.
Surviving is her devoted husband of 54 years, Alfred K. Swearingen whom she married on June 20, 1953, four children, Kathy Look and her husband Dr. Richard Look of Redding, CA; Mark Swearingen of Washington, PA; David Swearingen and his wife Peggy Davis of Ashburn, VA; Terri Murray and her husband Mike of Wheeling; one sister, Mary Kay Emmerth and her husband Thomas of Follansbee, WV; sisters-in-law, Karen Beltz of Wheeling and Patricia Swearingen of Martins Ferry; five grandchildren, David Look, Kris Look, Lauren Swearingen, Amanda Murray and Adam Murray, one great-grandchild, Ashlie Cummins, numerous nieces and nephews and long-time friends Donnie and Millie Reese of Martins Ferry.
Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street Wheeling.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 14, 2008 in St. Joseph Cathedral, Wheeling, with Rev. Dennis Schuelkens and Rev. Thomas Magary as co-celebrants.
She will be remembered for her laughter and fun loving nature.
Interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association, or the Martins Ferry or Ohio County Public Libraries.
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Paul & Shirley Moczek
8 years ago

Bunny and family:

Paul and I are sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. So sorry to hear also of her fall and all. She didn’t need to suffer any longer. As hard as it is when we loose a loved one our faith guides us to see she is at peace with our maker.

If you need anything at all, please give us a call.

Love, Prayers and Peace.

Shirley and Paul

Jeanette Kiger Nodurft
8 years ago

Bunny and Mark,

At the time of mourning, we often feel that we are distant from those we love. actually, they are united with us more than ever before. No, death does not separate us from those we love. It deepens our union with God and with each other. ‘Bye for now, Beltzie.

PBS AR Department
8 years ago


You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope the sweet memories of your mom bring you comfort during this difficult time.


Melvina, Phyllis and Shani

8 years ago

Dear Bunny, Dave, Kathy, Mark and Terri.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time and you have my deepest sympathy.

May God watch over you and keep her memory living strong.

with love and prayers. Martha

Babette Haron
8 years ago

Dear Dave & Peggy,

….Just to let you know how very sorry I am.


Elaine Puening
8 years ago

Dear Dave & Peggy, We’re so sorry for the loss of you mother. Keeping you both in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love, Dave & Elaine

Dave & Josie Greene
8 years ago

Dear Mark & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Dave & Josie.

Neil McConville
8 years ago

Dear Mark,

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Julianne Wolfe
8 years ago

I am sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Helen Kelly
8 years ago

It is so sad when a life ends. I know that Barbara will not be forgotten – that her memory will survive in the lives, thoughts and deeds of her children and grandchildren.

You have my deepest sympathy in this difficult time.

Michael Daley
8 years ago


I am sorry for the loss of your mother.

I am sure there are many in the dept that will be there if you need anything.

Robin Roberts and Greg Dami
8 years ago


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Remember all the good times you had with your mother and she will always be in your heart. Please let Hippie and I know if there is anything we can do.

Shaline K. Myers
8 years ago


I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. Please know that my thoughts are with you and your Family during this trying time. If you need anything, please know that I’m just a phone call away.

I found the following quote when my Father passed away. I did not believe it when I initially read it, but it makes sense to me nowâÄ_

âÄúAlthough it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,

May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.âÄù

~Author Unknown

Shaline K. Myers

John Gaynard
8 years ago

My prayers for the deceased and condolences to the family.

May Barbara rest in peace. Amen

Frank and Judith Gray
8 years ago

The Swearingen Family

Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss of Barbara. We share your grief on the loss of a loved one and are keeping all of you in our prayers.

Doug, Rose, DJ, Anna, Maria, & Sarah Swearingen
8 years ago

Uncle Bunny and Family,

We are very sad about the passing of our Aunt Barbie. At all the birthday parties, picnics, holiday parties or anytime we all got together while growing up, we could always count on her beautiful smile and laughter. Aunt Barbie was truly special in our lives and we are really going to miss her. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.