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March 20, 2013

Noreen A. Coleman Swift

SUMMIT TOWNSHIP, Erie County — Noreen A. Coleman Swift, 79, of Summit Township, Erie County, and formerly of Millcreek Township, Erie County, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

She was born May 18, 1933, in Kane, a daughter of the late Martin and Pauline Coleman. She graduated from Kane High School and the Saint Vincent School of Nursing.

She was a devoted wife and mother of seven children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She loved family gatherings, dancing, bowling, sports and the Silver Sneakers program at the Y. She sang for many years in the St. Julia Roman Catholic Church choir and was always present at her children and grandchildren’s activities.

Noreen worked for many years as a registered nurse in the labor and delivery units at both Saint Vincent Health Center and Spencer Hospital in Meadville. Her enthusiasm for life and never bending spirit were a beacon of light that all were drawn to.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A Swift; a sister, Ruth Bonacci; a brother, James (Butch) Coleman; a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Gruver; a brother-in-law, Edward Swift; and a nephew, James Langiewicz.

Survivors include her children, Ashley Swift (Roberta) of Cleveland, Scott Swift (Sarah), Greg Swift; Stacy Mattson (John), Lisa Swift, all of Erie, John Swift of California and Michael Swift of Tennessee; her grandchildren, Adam and Ryan Swift, Jamie, Jenna and Miranda Mattson, Abigail, Megan and Alexa Swift; a great-grandchild, Audie Swift; a brother, Dick Coleman (Libby) of Kane; her loving companion, James Horne. Jim and Judy Galvin and family, Linda Thames, many nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends, including Theresa Heller and Mary Lee Smrekar, also survive.

Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 W. 26th St., Erie, on Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to a prayer service there on Saturday at 10:15 a.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Julia Roman Catholic Church, 638 Roslyn Ave., Erie, with Monsignor Bruce Allison as celebrant.

Burial will follow in Erie Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Julia Roman Catholic Church, 638 Roslyn Ave., Erie, Pa. 16505.

Send condolences at burtonfuneralhome.com.

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