Joyce Carol Swedberg

March 21, 1957 - December 03, 2013 

Joyce Carol Swedberg

March 21, 1957 - December 03, 2013 

Obituary for Joyce Carol Swedberg

Joyce (Dulgarian) Swedberg, of Danvers, MA, passed away of lung cancer on December 3, 2013, surrounded by her family at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, MA. She was the wife of Steven Craig Swedberg, with whom she shared 31 years of marriage.

Born March 21, 1957, in Providence, RI, she was the daughter of the late Earl Dulgarian and the late Beatrice (Nargizian) Dulgarian. Joyce grew up in Rhode Island. She is a graduate of Cranston High School West (1975), after which she received a BS in Special Education from Syracuse University (1979). She continued her education at Boston University where she received a Master of Education in Special Education and Elementary Education (1980).

Joyce’s passion was teaching. She will be remembered for the impact she made on her students in special education, many of whom attribute their current success to her patience, persistence, and skill. Her winning of the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year award is just a small indicator of the difference she made in their lives. She was a role model and mentor to her fellow teachers for more than 30 years, and was known as one of the most skilled professionals in her field. She spent most of her teaching years in the Manchester Essex Regional School District.

When she wasn’t devoting time to her students, Joyce enjoyed playing classical piano, making creations for her classroom, and spending time with her family. Her friends will remember her as a great listener with a wonderful sense of humor, often finding ways to make people laugh even during difficult times. She was the best dance partner and movie companion her husband could have asked for. She attended The North Shore Community Baptist Church in Beverly, MA.

Besides her devoted and loving husband Steven, she leaves her dear son Scott S. Swedberg of Danvers, MA, and her mother in law Shirley A. Swedberg of Westminster, MA. Joyce also leaves three brothers, Robert E. and his wife Janis of Cumberland, RI, Richard K. of Cranston, RI, her twin brother Kenneth R. and his wife Gretchen of Providence, RI, and their three children Madison, Morgan, and Harrison Dulgarian. She leaves a loving extended family and will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and colleagues.
Funeral Services will be held at the North Shore Community Baptist Church, 9 Hart Street, Beverly on Friday at 11:00 A.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be at the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly on Thursday from 4 to 8 P.M. Interment will be held privately. Memorial contributions may be made in Joyce’s Memory to MGH North Shore Cancer Center at 102 Endicott St., Danvers, MA 01923 and Kaplan Family Hospice House at 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. Information, directions, condolences at

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