GLASTONBURY, Conn. - Marion Evelyn (Fill) Swiconek, 96, of Glastonbury, entered heaven peacefully Saturday, March 16, 2013, at home. She was born Oct. 2, 1916, in Hadley.
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, where she enjoyed her café au lait. Two of her favorite travel memories were a 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 and 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 seven 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 loved. 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 seven children, Marion, Charles, Shirley, Barbara, Peg, Fill and Gin; 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 three 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, April 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held April 6 at 10 a.m., at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 2577 Main St., Glastonbury. Burial will follow in Green Cemetery on Hubbard Street in Glastonbury.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, at www.stjude.org
or to VNA Hospice of Greater Hartford at www.vnahealthcare.org.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.glastonburyfuneral.com.