Laurie Coombs

PETERSHAM — Laurie (Swistak) Coombs, 59, of Petersham, died Sunday, June 11, 2017, at her home in Petersham.

Laurie was born Dec. 12, 1957, in Ware. She is the daughter of Sylvia (Pheunuf) Swistak and the late Sylvester Swistak. Laurie grew up in Wheelwright and lived in Petersham for 35 years.

She spent most of her life as a homemaker. She was dedicated to her children and her dogs.

She enjoyed flower gardening, decorating her home, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Todd P. Coombs; her son and his wife, Robert and Jennifer Ames of Wheelwright; and two daughters and their husbands, Katie and Jason Shortis of Royalston, and Heidi and Kevin Shortis of Petersham. She is also survived by her mother Sylvia and a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Swistak of Hardwick. Laurie was predeceased by a brother, Michael Swistak, and a niece, Randi Swistak-Stelmokas. She leaves five grandchildren, Thomas Shortis, Marshall Ames, Emma Ames, Logan Shortis, and Grayson Shortis; a niece, Blair Swistak-Robidoux, and a great-niece, Morgan Stelmokas.

The family has chosen to keep the services private. A Celebration of Life open house will be held on Sunday June 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at Laurie’s home, at 1 South St., Petersham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter, 139 East St., Petersham, MA 01366.

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Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home is directing arrangements. 

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