Christine J (Krlic) Swan

December 4, 1948 ~ July 20, 2019 (age 70)


Christine Josephine (Krlic) Swan of Bernardston died on Saturday July 20, 2019  after a month long illness. 

She was born on December 4, 1948 in the village of Brugga in the state of Carinthia, Austria to her loving parents Musan and Cecelia Krlic.  Christine, her parents, and two younger
sisters immigrated to the United States in 1955 seeking economic opportunity and freedom in the aftermath of World War II.  The family settled in Orange, Massachusetts where Christine’s childhood was filled with happy days roller-skating down the hill on Mechanic Street, swimming at Pine Beach in the summer, and ice-skating with neighborhood kids on the pond near the family home in the winter. Christine graduated from R.C. Mahar high school in 1967 and enjoyed a long career with the Yankee Candle Company in South Deerfield where she worked as manager.  She is survived by her son Eric K. Cole and his wife Susan Clarke of Jackson, Wyoming; her son Michael R. Swan and his partner, Christine’s good friend, Amanda H. Carter of Shelburne Falls;  her grandchildren Leif and Duncan Cole; and her sisters Elizabeth Porter of Greenfield, and Ingrid Pollard of Orange. All that loved her will miss her kind soul and sense of humor. At her request, there will be no services, and her family will inter her ashes at a later date. Donations in her memory can be sent to Dakin Humane Society at

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