LEOMINSTER, MA — Claudia Swan, 76, entered into eternal life into our Lord and Savior's safekeeping at her home in Leominster, Mass., surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 22, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Ticonderoga, N.Y., the daughter of Claude Neggia, Isabel (Perez) Scalzo and Thomas Scalzo Sr.
She is survived by her six children; Kim Alia and her husband Gary of Leominster, Mass., Lynn Maye of Leominster, Howard Swan Sr. and his wife Lori of Moriah, N.Y., Steven Swan and his partner Melissa Yelle of Moriah, Lisa Olcott and her partner David Maddocks of Clinton, Mass., Barton Swan and his wife Kristina of Moriah; sixteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. She is also survived by her brother and sister, Thomas Scalzo Jr. and his wife Bonnie, whom she considered a sister, of Moriah, and Barbara Moorby and her husband Glenn of Port Henry, N.Y.
Claudia prided herself in raising her children, giving her full attention and unconditional love. As they grew older, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was very proud, looked forward to seeing them, and cherished every moment spent. Her family was her life. She was also a devoted wife to her late husband, Howard Swan Sr., who predeceased her April 15, 1997.
She enjoyed shopping, gardening, cleaning and decorating her home, traveling and watching the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Syracuse University.
In 1974, the family moved to Lakeland, Fla., where she worked as an administrative secretary at the family-owned business, Empire Pipe & Co. For the love of the North Country, the family eventually moved back to New York, where she worked as a secretary and flagged for A.P. Reale & Sons and Reale Construction in Ticonderoga. Most recently, before being stricken ill, she worked at Celotti's Wine and Spirits, Port Henry, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at the Harland Funeral Home, 4279 Main St., Port Henry, NY. A Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, April 4, at St. Patrick's Church, 12 St. Patrick's Place, Port Henry, NY.