NORTH ANDOVER — Edith M. (Herbert) Swanson, 97, of North Andover, and formerly of Lawrence and Somerville, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010 at the Wingate of Andover.

Edith was born in North Reading to the late Edwin and Florence (Cheever) Herbert. She attended Andover schools and graduated from Punchard High School. Edith worked for Grieco Jewelry Store in Andover for many years and was a longtime member of the Andover Baptist Church and belonged to the Friendly Circle.

Edith was the beloved wife of the late Gunnar Swanson and had lived in Somerville for many years before returning to Andover in 1986. She is survived by her niece and caretaker, Barbara "BJ" Hinckley of North Andover, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her three sisters, Alice Johnson, Evelyn Ward and Marion Kennedy.

ARRANGEMENTS: Arrangements will be private and have been entrusted to the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third St., North Andover. For those who wish, Edith may be remembered through donations to the Andover Baptist Church, 11 Central St., Andover, MA 01810. To sign the family guestbook please visit

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