2012-09-20 / Obituaries

Laurie E. Swistak

Laurie E. Swistak of Hunter Avenue, Newport, died at home in the presence of her loving family on Sept. 18, 2012, after a heroic battle with cancer.

Born in Holyoke, Mass., on March 24, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Everett A. and Kathleen (O’Neill) Thibodeau.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Christopher R. Swistak, and their four children, Laura C. Swistak of Portsmouth, Christopher R. Swistak Jr. (Heather) of Ballston Spa, N.Y., Brian Swistak (Kristin) of Arlington, Va., and Patrick Swistak of Newport; and six grandchildren, Emma, Christopher III, Avery and Olivia Swistak, Cody Field and Tyler Boiani also survive her.

She was the sister of Robert G. Thibodeau (Patricia) of Cumming, Ga., and David C. Thibodeau (Melody) of Belchertown, Mass. She was the daughter-in-law of Walter and the late Helen Swistak of Newport, and the sister-inlaw of Mark (Deborah) Swistak and Michael (Paula) Swistak of Jamestown, Susan McWeeney of Middletown, and Sally Swistak of Newport. Many nieces and nephews also survive her.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church in Newport on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11:30 am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Laurie’s memory may be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Society at St. Joseph’s Church, 5 Mann Ave., Newport, RI 02840.

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