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Robert A. Swanke

Born: 06-06-1926
Died: 01-16-2013
Birthplace: New York City
Resided In: Laconia New Hampshire, formerly of Holliston MA
Visitation to be held on: No Visitation
Services to be held on: Monday, January 21, 2013
Cemetery: St. Mary's Cemetery, Holliston

Laconia, NH and formerly Holliston MA-
Robert A. Swanke, 86, of Laconia, NH and formerly of Holliston, MA passed away January 16, 2013 at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, NH after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in New York City, he was the son of the late Julia V. (Harris) and Max A. Swanke. He was the husband of 62 years to Agnes M. (Platt) Swanke of Laconia.

A US Navy Veteran of WWII, Robert attended the US Naval Academy and belonged to the US Naval Academy Alumni Association, the US Naval Institute, American Battleship Assoc., USS Wisconsin Assoc., USS Shangri-La Assoc., Association of Aviation Ordnancemen, as well as the Knights of Colombus and American Legion. In 1992, after forty two years in the insurance business, he retired as Regional Vice President from Mutual of America Life Insurance Company.

Besides his wife, he is survived by 2 sons, Robert A. Swanke Jr. of Bellingham, and Brian G. Swanke and his wife Tracey of Rochester, NY; 3 daughters, Mary-Clare Swanke of South Orange, NJ, Virginia E. Blanchard and her husband Scott of Holliston, and Donna M. Ambrose of Manasquan, NJ. He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren, Megan Styffe and her husband Philip of Milford, Jillian Blanchard of Ashland, Mark Ambrose of Minnesota, Meridith Ambrose of Queens, NY, Alexia Swanke of Rochester, NY; and 2 great-grandsons, Robbie and Ryan Styffe of Milford.

There will be no visitation. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:00a.m. on Monday, January 21, 2013 at St. Mary’s Church of Holliston, Washington St. (Rt.16), with burial following in the parish cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 or
( or Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave. Boston, MA 02215 (


Posted by Gelene Grice on February 5th, 2013, 5:50 pm
I am so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Posted by Jim McAdams & Family on January 20th, 2013, 5:23 pm
Dear Mary Clare and Mrs Swanke
Please accept our most sincerest condolence on Bob's passing. Bob was great guy. I will always look back with fondest memiors working with him and our great conversations regarding our beloved N.Y Yankees and N.Y Rangers .
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Geoff and Pam Dixey on January 19th, 2013, 8:02 am
Agnes and family. So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Agnes and him were the best neighbors anyone could have had. Bob was a wonderful guy. Will miss him terribly.
Posted by Jay Porter on January 19th, 2013, 7:34 am
Very sorry for your loss. Bob's smile and great sense of humor will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with all of you in this time.
Jay & Maggie.
Posted by Justin O'Connor on January 18th, 2013, 3:26 pm

Please know that the repose of you dad's soul and the consolation of you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Justin O'Connor
Posted by Sharyn Perpall Harrrion on January 18th, 2013, 11:39 am
Sorry to here about the loss of your dad.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sharyn Perpall
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