Jessenda Helen ”Cinda” Swiger, née Valente, passed away from natural causes on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the age of 80 years old.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Roy Earl; and her parents, Camillo “Charles” and Madeline “Helen” Valente. She is survived by her six children; Mary Frances (m. Bryce Swartzwelder), Jeffrey Charles (m. Lynn LeGette), Roy Raymond (m. Wendy Spengler), Camillo Salvatore (m. Amanda Russell), Frank Leonard (m. Christy Muhleissen), and Alexander Christian; sister, Helen (m. Len Cavanaugh); two brothers, Charles “Chuck” Valente (m. Cathy Freitas) and Francis “Buzz” Valente (m. Linda Wagner), eleven grandchildren, Bryce, Jessenda, Camillo, Victoria, Michael, Andrew, Katherine, Alexandra, Roy Thomas, Sofia and Olivia; and her great-grandchild, Reagan.
Cinda was born on April 8, 1940, and raised in Frankfort, in upstate New York. There, she met her husband Roy, a classmate from kindergarten through high school. They married after graduation in a double ceremony with her sister, Helen. The family’s four trailblazers honeymooned in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they remained.
She and Roy made their home in Livermore. A devout Catholic, Cinda taught catechism for years at St. Charles and St. Michael Catholic churches, typically instructing the first communion class.
Benefitted by a 42-inch vertical leap, intellect, and curiosity, Cinda was interested in the sciences, politics, and economics. Always sharing knowledge, Cinda leaves behind a legacy of weather predictions, geopolitical assessments, and stock tips. Multi-talented, Cinda was a fantastic cook. Often, extended family and friends gathered at the family table.
She was a world-class mother who lived her life dedicated to the Holy Spirit, family, friends, and fraternity. She regularly posted weekly motivational sayings or short stories on the refrigerator for all to see and learn. Once her children were out of the home, Cinda retired her position as Household CEO. She enjoyed years of retirement with Roy, splitting time between Livermore in the East Bay and Pismo Beach on the Central Coast. When her beloved husband passed away, Cinda moved to Christwood Retirement Community in Covington, Louisiana.
Cinda is cherished by all who knew her. Her positive disposition, generosity, and drive to improve set excellent examples for her children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and many others who knew her. She is now at peace, surrounded by the love of her husband, and the many family members and friends who have passed before her. She will be greatly missed.
Services and interment will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church and Memory Gardens in Livermore. The family requests any donations to be sent to the Christwood Foundation at christwoodrc.com/foundation or the Alzheimer’s Foundation at alzfdn.org/support-us/donate.
Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the Swiger family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.