Marion Evelyn (Fill) Swiconek, 96, of Glastonbury, entered heaven peacefully March 16, 2013 at home. She was born on October 2, 1916 in Hadley, MA.
She was predeceased by her husband, Felix and her five siblings Edward, Veronica, Victoria, Helen and Fred.
She was sustained by her faith throughout her life as a devout Catholic and was a proud member of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Glastonbury.
From a farming family, she spent most of her working life as a Howard Johnson's waitress in East Hartford where she was legendary to both her co-workers and patrons. In retirement, she traveled the world visiting Germany, Australia, and Paris, France where she enjoyed her café au lait. Two of her favorite travel memories were the helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon and the glass-bottom boat at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
She was an avid UConn women's basketball fan; she loved music and dancing. Marion and her husband, Felix, won many dance contests together. Growing up as a farmer, she felt especially at home in her beloved garden. She really enjoyed cooking for her family, especially her famous golumpki.
The most important thing in her life was her family. She raised 7 children and was an extraordinarily loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She spent many wonderful hours with her grandchildren at Disney World and Cape Cod.
She never gave up on anything she believed in, especially family. For every sacrifice she made, for every heartache she soothed, for every dream she stood behind, we loved our Grannie Annie/Momsie very much. She was a beautiful, giving person; someone who worked so hard to care for the ones she loves. She was tough as a marine; stubborn as a mule; and loving as a saint. We will love her and cherish her memory forever.
She is survived by her 7 children: Marion, Charles, Shirley, Barbara, Peg, Fill and Gin, and her grandchildren: Sean, Frank, Jr., Tina, Jason, Charlene, Gregory, and Jessica, and one great-grandchild: Dylan.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to her 3 caregivers, Roxanne Gill, Sharon Miller-Vazquez, and Trudi-gay Wisdom for their loving care. We also wish to thank VNA and the VNA Hospice staff for their compassion and guidance, especially Krista Kardys, Eve Organek and Anne Miceli for their support and comfort.
A viewing will be held at Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury on Friday, April 5, 2013 from 5-8pm. A funeral mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 10am, at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 2577 Main Street, Glastonbury. Burial will follow in Green Cemetery, Hubbard Street, Glastonbury.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, stjude.org
or VNA Hospice of Greater Hartford, vnahealthcare.org
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.glastonburyfuneral.com