Amber Lynn Swindells from Wayne, PA passed away at 8:36 pm on Tuesday, February 1 at the young age of 41. Born January 20, 1981 at Bryn Mawr hospital, Amber is survived by her loving husband, Gregory Swindells, and two sons, Aiden (13) and Rylan (12) Swindells. Amber was the devoted daughter of Donna and Laird Kantruss, doting daughter-in-law to Patricia Mazza and Sam Swindells (deceased), supportive sister to Lauren Perpetua and Ashley Butler, spunky sister-in-law to Samantha and Nick Pontecorvo, and Scott and Sarah Swindells, Joseph Perpetua and Justin Butler, granddaughter to Marie and Walter (deceased) Gosik, adoring niece, and caring cousin to many. She was an awesome aunt to Tyler and Austin Perpetua, Tyler and Ella Pontecorvo, AJ and Penelope Swindells, and Riley Butler, and the lifelong friend to so many.
Amber was a bright light in the lives of all she touched. With her many health challenges, she struggled daily but always put on a smile. She found pleasure in life’s little things, like handwritten notes, plants, sunshine, coffee, or finding the perfect gift for one of the many people she loved. She reminded us all always to look for the beauty in all things in life, and to rise when faced with a challenge. She was a warrior, the toughest fighter, and worked hard to build a beautiful life with her soul mate, Greg.
To say Amber and Greg had a special bond is an understatement. Their souls are connected, and the moment Amber first met Greg she knew he was “her person.” Six months into their marriage, Amber suffered a stroke causing her to be in the hospital, rehab, and live the rest of her life with health complications. Greg was her rock. Never leaving her side, optimistically pushing her forward and holding her hand the whole way. Together they took a devastating situation and pushed forward. Neither one of them ever felt sorry for themselves, finding the miracles in everyday life and inspiring us all to do the same.
Despite being told it would never happen, Amber was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a mom. Whether baking allergy-safe treats to being an active member of the PTO, Amber loved her boys with all she had. Aiden, Rylan and Greg were her life. She poured her heart and soul into all she did.
Amber will be sorely missed. We are crushed, but we find solitude in all your love. We will all move forward with Amber in our hearts and live life the way she did, with so much love, gratitude, and strength.
A visitation will be held at the Donohue Funeral Home on Thursday evening February 10th from 5 PM till 9 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to support the Antiphospholipid Syndrome Foundation. Amber battled with APS everyday. Founded in 2005, the APS Foundation of America, Inc. (APSFA) is a volunteer run, 501(c)3 public charity. Without your generous donations, the APSFA could not continue to provide APS patients and their families with the information on our foundation page and social media pages, support Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) research – both adult and pediatric, obtain education on APS and related disease through various mediums and share that with the APS community and the general community as a whole. Donations can be sent to APS Foundation of America, Inc., PO Box 801, LaCrosse, WI 54602-0801 or at https://apsfa.org/donate/