Cecile June Osborne Swist

  • Born: November 7, 1946
  • Died: January 3, 2019
  • Location: Bedford, New Hampshire

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Hanover Street

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family

Cecile June Osborne Swist, 72, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Elliot Hospital in Manchester. She was born on November 7, 1946 in Manchester, daughter of the late William and Cecile Osborne. She was the wife of Edward Charles Swist. They were married on September 6, 1965 in Manchester, NH. Cecile grew up on the East Side of Manchester and graduated from Memorial High School in 1964. She married her teenage sweetheart and together they enjoyed 53 years of marriage residing in Bedford, while raising their three children. Cecile held several jobs and it was her love of serving people that led her to work in retail stores, including Montgomery Wards, Linens N Things and Macy's.

In 1982 after pleading with her husband to buy her a goat for her birthday, Cecile raised Champion Dairy Goats for approximately twenty years. During this time she was actively involved in the Merrimack County 4-H Clubs and New Hampshire Dairy Goat Association. She delighted in showing her goats at county fairs throughout New England where she developed many lifelong friends. In December 2000 while attending church with her son, she responded to an altar call where she committed her life to the Lord and desired to follow Jesus. A month later she chose to be baptized and publicly profess her faith. Cecile had a peace within and a confidence in her eternal life with Jesus Christ. In 2001 Cecile and her beloved husband embarked on yearly adventures with friends to visit Mickey Mouse, her favorite character at Walt Disney World. During these times, they enjoyed great fun while strengthening their love and commitment to one another. Cecile was a strong and committed woman with an unconditional deep love for people. She never wavered in her dedication to all those she knew.

Cecile is predeceased by her father, mother and brother, William Osborne. She is survived by her beloved husband, Edward Charles Swist; son, Kenneth Swist and his wife, Tara; daughter, Kerry Hanby and her husband Mitchell; son, Keith Swist; daughter-in-law, Amy Swist; grandchildren, Robert, Dylan, Danielle, George and Michael Swist, Joshua, Jonathan, and Rebecca Hanby, Anna Swist; great granddaughter Elizabeth Sundeen as well as extended family and many friends.

Calling hours will be 4-7pm, Friday, January 11, 2019 at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 250 Coolidge Ave., Manchester, NH. A celebration of Cecile's life will be held, 11am, Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Raymond Baptist Church, 145 Route 27, Raymond, NH followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers Cecile requested that memorial donations be made to;

New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition; www.nhbcc.org/donate/
The Merrimack County 4-H; https://extension.unh.edu/tags/merrimack-county-4-h/
SNIP Program; https://www.fundsfurfriends.com/snip-spayneuter-incentive-program.html/


Condolence & Memory Journal

am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. May God bring everlasting comfort to your hearts and give you the strength to endure this difficult time.
(2 Thessalonians 2:16,17)

Posted by A friend   January 30, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of cec's passing. We will miss her.

Posted by Nancy Lastowka - Londonderry, NH - Friend   January 18, 2019

Offering our sincere condolences. May the God of love comfort your heart and make you firm in your time of grief. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17

Posted by A friend   January 18, 2019

My deepest sympathy to everyone in your family! Wish I could have been with you last weekend to celebrate and honor Cece but I was away. We all have wonderful memories of the "Nannyberry Lane 4-H goat days". I will treasure the memories of Cece forever!

Posted by Joyce Watts - Concord, NH   January 16, 2019

So sorry to hear hear of your loss. Annette and I will be thinking of you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers.
Paul Juneau
Simpsonville SC

Posted by Paul & Annette Juneau - Simpsonville, SC   January 12, 2019

My deepest condolences during this time. Anna always spoke so loving during memories of childhood with her.

Posted by Deadra McCarthy - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   January 11, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. She meant so much to me and I'm so glad for the years of memories of the fun things we did as part of the NH Dairy Goat Association. She's with our Lord which gives us comfort.

Posted by Martha Steele - SC - Family Friend   January 11, 2019

"Uncle" Eddie, so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you, Kenny, Kerry, and Keith. My memories of being with you are cherished. Sympathies, Cathy Blondeau

Posted by Cathy Blondeau - NH   January 10, 2019

I am sorry for your loss Uncle Ed and family Aunt Cec will be deeply missed and loved she was a beautiful mom and a beautiful aunt as well I love you all and wish you well

Posted by Lisa Perkins - Manchestet, NH   January 09, 2019


Cousin Eddie and family,
I was saddened to hear that Cec passed away and I am sorry for your loss. I hope you feel surrounded by much love. I'm sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.

Posted by Tim Blanchette - Canterbury, NH - Family   January 09, 2019

My warmest condolences to family, friends and loved ones for your loss! Cec was a lovely woman and there will be a void in the world that can never be filled without her in it. May your memories of her carry you through in this time of grief.

Posted by Linda Moriarty - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   January 09, 2019

Kerry, Mitch, & family, I am so sorry for your mom's/ grandmothers passing. What a wonderful tribute to your mom's life, Kerry. I am so glad to have known Cecile. Yes, she was a great lady, Kerry. My heartfelt and deepest sympathy to you & your family, Kerry. Love & hugs.

Posted by Jane Valliere - 45 Sassafras Trail Narragans, RI - Friend   January 09, 2019

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Cecile was a great lady with a wonderful disposition. May the cherished memories you hold sustain in your times of grief and mourning. Charles & Jean Lagasse

Posted by Charles Lagasse - Bow, NH - Family Friend   January 08, 2019


We are so sorry for your loss Kerry and Mitchell and for the loss of your children's grandmother. She raised a sweet daughter. We will be praying for the family!

Posted by Esther / Larry Novotny - Clemmons, NC - Family   January 08, 2019


Ed, I'm so sorry for your/our loss! I feel like everyone has lost a gem. Cec wasn't the person to say what you wanted to hear, she said what you NEEDED to hear, and i'm so saddened by her passing. Love you both, prayers for your family. Love, Dee Costa

Posted by Dee Costa - Ocala, FL - Friend   January 08, 2019

Cec was a beloved friend and a second mother. We all loved her sense of humor and love of life. She will always be remembered and we will think of her every time we travel to Orlando.

Posted by Jerry DeBurger - Homosassa, FL - Friend   January 08, 2019

Keith and family , So sorry to hear about your Mom's passing .you are in our thoughts and prayers . Rick and Carlene Horne

Posted by Carlene Horne - Bedford, NH - Family Friend   January 08, 2019

I'm sorry for you're loss my condolences to the Swist family's Cecile she is very nice women she is good wife and good mother and great grandmother she likes to smile and laugh I will miss her very my R.I.P. Cecile you are in good place Up in heaven you can watch us from up above you are with God I will see you on the other side take care Cecile be good up in heaven and from the Kimball's Family's

Posted by Jason Kimball - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   January 08, 2019

Sorry to hear about this. We were friends with Cecile for a long time. She will surely be missed. Wish we could be there to say goodbye. Our condolences to Ed and the children. Prayers being sent your way.

Posted by Ronald Croteau - Palm Harbor, FL - Friend   January 08, 2019

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