Dorothy Ah Ching Swann Haleck passes away in Utah

Dorothy Ah Ching Swann Haleck passed away last week in Utah. She was 89-years-old. [SN photo archives]

The Haleck family along with friends and others in the community are mourning the death of Mrs. Dorothy Ah Ching Swann Haleck, who passed away last week in St. George, Utah.

Avamua Dave Haleck said his mother was 89 years old at the time of her death last Friday afternoon in Saint George. “My mother complained of pain in her back and stomach and was taken to the emergency room,” said Avamua yesterday. “She was diagnosed with an aortic aneurism several months ago and at the time, it would have been too dangerous to operate because of her age.”

“The emergency room doctor indicated that her aneurism was leaking and needed surgery but it would be a 50/50 chance of survival. My brothers and sisters felt that 50% was a chance for prolonging her life and agreed to proceed,” he said. “My Mom was being prepared for surgery but would not have a chance for the surgery, as the aneurism ruptured and this ended her life.”

Avamua described his mother as “a hard working, loving and caring mother who would do what she could for her family.”

One of many things he would miss about his mother, Avamua said, would be “her smile and dedication to her family.” And what he would “miss most” about his mother, would be “her counsel.”

He went on to state that Dorothy Ah Ching Swann Haleck was born August 27, 1923 in Savalalo, Samoa to Bertha Ah Ching and William Swann. “She was married to our father, Otto V. Haleck who passed away in 2006 after 70 years.”

“My Mom was an extremely hard working woman. She baked pastries and sewed lavalavas to sell at her Pavai’a’i store in order to provide a good education for her children. She loved the Lord and made sure her tithes were paid, often telling us that this was the key to our success. We will dearly miss her,” Avamua said.

As for the funeral services, Avamua said her mother’s body will arrive in the territory on Dec. 27 and her final services will be on the 28th. An announcement will be published soon.

Otto and Dorothy Haleck’s business enterprises have grown over the years and now include a car dealership, Islands Choice Dairy, a bakery, the Tradewinds Hotel in Ottoville and, set up a couple of years ago, a car dealership in Apia. The family’s most recent project is currently underway in Samoa, the Survivor Samoa Surf and Beach Resort to be completed in 2014.

According to an obituary published this week by the Utah based newspaper, The Spectrum & Daily News, Mrs. Dorothy Haleck was raised in Samoa, where she attended school until she moved to American Samoa. She was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Dorothy was a hard working mother, entrepreneur of several businesses and was the VP of Haleck Enterprises, Inc.,” it says.

A memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at the Metcalf Mortuary in St. George. She is survived by her six children: William, Lottie, Otto Vincent Jr., Ernest, David, Catherine, their spouses, 19 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.

Samoa News staff and management express our condolences to the Haleck children and the family for their loss.


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