Pat Swieca, 70, of Buncombe, died at 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at her home.
She was born on July 20, 1942 the daughter of Archibald “Jack” Macabee and Nellie Maxine “Sue” (Bronstad) Macabee. She married Mitchell Swieca on October 9, 1983. He survives her.
Pat was a retired zookeeper, she had a career of 30 plus years at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. She was a charter member of American Association of Elephant Managers, her Elephant Trainer mentor was Don Meyer and his wife Joan. While employed at the zoo she was able to go to Arizona on a snake hunt. She volunteered at Hillview Nursing Home where she played the piano and read to the residents. She was a member of HCE Homemakers Group in Vienna as well as Community Chairman for the group where she organized Art in the Park for many years. Pat and her husband enjoyed participating in the Civil War Reenactment – 4th Kentucky Cavalry and Company E 2nd US Cavalry. She was a member of the 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir, was a group leader for vacation bible school, volunteered for Pioneer Club and helped with Dollar Dog Days.
She is survived by her husband, Mitchell of Buncombe; 2 daughters, Leslie (Edmund) Santellano of Buncombe, and Kristi (David) Buck of Oakfield, WI; 4 grandchildren, Branden Buck, Lauren Buck, Jeremy Baron and David Santellano; 2 sisters-in-law, Charlotte (George) Roos and Patricia June Swieca; dear friends, Nikki Nance, Joe Fontanetta and Pat Sass; other relatives and friends; and church brothers and sisters too numerous to name.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Jeffrey Wiard; and her step-father, Frank “Pop” Smith.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2012 at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro.
Services will be at 10AM Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna with Rev. Jonathan Whitley officiating. Interment will be on the family farm in Buncombe.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church.
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