Carrie Swearingen lost her long battle with metastatic breast cancer on June 15. She is survived by her devoted husband, Stefano Mereu, and children, Matteo and Francesca Mereu, for whom she had an all-encompassing love. She is also survived by her mother, Natalie Swearingen, brother James (Michelle Markham) Swearingen, a nephew, three nieces, mother-in-law Maria Puliga Mereu and sister-in-law of Emanuela Mereu (both of Rome, Italy) and five godchildren.
Ms. Swearingen grew up in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, attended Sheldon and Clissold Schools, Morgan Park Academy, Loyola University of Chicago and Illinois State University. Before opening Swearingen Meida in 2003, she was an executive at Fox Broadcasting Co., the McGaw YMCA and Catholic Extension. She wrote for more than 60 U.S. publications, having received national awards for her feature stories.
With Geraldine Hemmings, she co-authored “As She Asks” for Fr. Jozo Zovko, which became a European bestseller in seven languages, its proceeds given to 3,700 orphans of war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Visitation Tuesday June 18, 2013, 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Boulevard at Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077. Funeral Mass Wednesday June 19, 2013, 10:00 AM at Saint Mary Church Evanston, 1012 Lake Street at Oak Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McGaw YMCA, Attn: Swearingen Fund, 1000 Grove St., Evanston, IL 60201 or St. Vincent DePaul Society c/o St. Mary Church, 1012 Lake Street Evanston, IL 60201. Info: 847-675-1990 or www.donnellanfuneral.com