Milestones: Watertown’s first woman postal carrier retires

— Joy Swensen, of Baldwinsville, retired from the Syracuse Social Security Office April 1.

Swenson worked in the Watertown and Syracuse Social Security Offices as a claims representative for 33 years. She will spend her retirement with her husband, Stephen, a retired Fulton Postmaster. Their sons, Jason and Alec, live in California.

Swensen, along with her three sisters, Jan, Jill and Karen, are the daughters of Lt. Col (ret) and Mrs. Robert E. Brown, of Watertown.

Swensen, who is a graduate of Jefferson Community College, began her federal service at the Watertown post office in 1974 where she worked four years as a letter carrier. She was the first woman letter carrier in Watertown. In 1978, she worked at The New York Air Brake Company followed by a year at Fort Drum. In 1980, Swensen started as a claims representative at the Social Security Administration in Watertown. In 1981 she transferred to the Syracuse Social Security Office, from which she retires. It is worth noting that Swensen retires with more than 3,000 hours of unused sick leave.

Swensen, a member of a rug hooking group and The Baldwinsville Garden Club, expects to spend more time with her gardening and rug-hooking. She enjoys having the time to travel, visiting her two sons in California and touring Europe.

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