Ellen B. Swenarton

December 23, 1933May 19, 2019

Ellen B. Swenarton, 85, of Waterford, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Ellen was born on December 22, 1933 in Hopedale, MA to Dr. (Capt.) Byron F. Brown (USN MC) and Veronica (LaPrad) Brown. She is predeceased by her husband, James E. Swenarton.

She attended public schools in Hopedale, graduated from Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, NY and then attended University of Hawaii and Mary Washington College, where she graduated with a degree in Psychology/Education. Following graduation, she was a first grade teacher in Prince George County, MD. Later, she was employed as a school health aide at Cohanzie Elementary School in Waterford for many years and then as a crisis counselor for Community Mental Health Services of Southeastern Connecticut until she retired.

She was an active parishioner at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister to the Sick and religious education teacher, and was a member of the Parish Council and St. Gerard Mother’s Circle. Ellen was also an active community volunteer. She was a Girl Scout Troop Leader for many years and a volunteer decision-making counselor for prison inmates with Thresholds of Southeastern Connecticut.

Besides her husband, James Swenarton, Ellen was predeceased by her son, David Swenarton, and her two siblings, Peter and Beverly Brown. She is survived by six children, Julia Lynch (Kevin) of East Hampton, Amy Swenarton of Waterford, John Swenarton (Robin) of Stonington, Mary Chapman (Robert) of South Windham, Thomas Swenarton of Pahoa, HI, and Lora Murphy (Timothy) of Waterford. She also leaves behind five cherished grandchildren: Timothy and Patrick Lynch, and James, David, and Lydia Swenarton, along with numerous extended family and friends. She was a remarkable person who touched many lives.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 170 Rope Ferry Rd., Waterford, CT 06385.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unbound Child Sponsorship, 1 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, KS 66103,


  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 25, 2019


Ellen B. Swenarton

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Douglas Morgan

May 23, 2019

John, Robin and Family,

Sheilagh and I send our condolences on the passing of your mother. We have gone through this life for nearly 40 years together and watched as children were born and loved ones die; it is only appropriate that we morn together at this time. It is hard to lose your mother and harder still to lose the last remaining parent in our lives. We will keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers. May your mother hear Art playing the accordion.

all our love,
Doug and Sheilagh