Barb at the 5 Year Anniversary Festival, 2017


Barbara Ann Swiecki April 18, 1952-June 13, 2018

How can we describe the gift that Barb Swiecki was to St. Marianne Cope parish?  Two words come to mind “tough and tender.”

She provided the leadership over the past 5 years that required “tough love” decisions to bring 3 very different churches together as one parish.  Her dream of unity is close to being realized as we are now looking at building one church literally and spiritually.  

Kudos Barb!

She was also tough in taking the “complaints” that mass was too long as well as tender-hearted taking that telephone call from a distraught parishioner at 2 am.  Her sense of humor was evident in threatening to “sing” if our CMA goal was not met.  From the youngest at baptism to the oldest at their funerals, she made sure our spiritual needs were met.

 What a legacy!

We realize that her loss leaves a “hole” in our hearts and in our parish that can’t be filled.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it best:

“Nothing can make up for the absence of someone, whom we love, and it would be wrong to try to find a substitute; we must simply hold out and see it through.  That sounds hard at first, but at the same time it is a great consolation, for the gap, as long as it remains, preserves the bond between us.  It is nonsense to say that God fills the gap; He does not fill it, but on the contrary, He keeps it empty, and so helps us to keep alive our former communion with each other, even at the cost of pain.”

Well done good and faithful servant!  

Now you shall share the happiness of the Master. Matthew 25:21. 

Barb, we loved you in this life, we won’t forget you in death.  

Our prayers are with you and with your family.

Jeanne Leonardi


  • Christina MercadelPosted on 6/25/18

    Well said Jeanne. Barb was a beautiful woman and friend. She was tough when she needed to be but she was always sensitive to the needs of others. I will miss the fun we had on our trips to Kentucky. And watching her be silly as she tried to gain CMA donations. She was amazing.
    Heaven has gained another Angel. I miss you already Barb.