BOSTON —Jan Swinchatt passed  away on Friday, April 10, at Mass General Hospital of a severe case of Interstitial Lung Disease.

Mrs. Swinchatt was born in Lewiston on June 30, 1933, to Margaret and Frank Bean. She grew up at the Cape in Otisfield, going to local schools until high school. She graduated from Gould Academy and then got a degree in design from Traphagen School of Design. She worked for a photographer and then an advertising agency.

She married Peter Swinchatt in 1955. Their partnership lasted almost 60 years.

The lived in McAllen, San Angelo, Conroe and San Antonio, Texas; Belleview, Neb.; Farmington, N.M. and Denver, Colo., before going overseas for the last 10 years of Peter’s career. Those years were spent in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tunis, Tunisia and Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Upon retirement they moved to a home on Lake Pennesseewassee in Norway. In 2004, they built a house in Topsham at Highland Green.

Mrs. Swinchatt leaves behind her husband and best friend Peter; sons Tom of Montgomery, Texas and Jeff of Senoia, Ga.; daughter Karen of Peachtree City, Ga. and eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Melissa and Allison Swinchatt, Ryan, Ross and Renee Roark and Steve and Sam Swinchatt. She often expressed her love for all her children and grandchildren.

Her wishes were that her remains be cremated, that there be no services and that she be interred at a cemetery on a hillside in Norway with her family and a few friends present.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 84A Union St. Brunswick, ME 04011. Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick. Memorial condolences may be expressed at

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