Bonnie P. Sweberg


Sweberg, Bonnie P., 65, died Monday, January 8, 2018 at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center. She was the beloved wife of Mark Sweberg for 29 years. Born in Lynn, MA, and raised in Marblehead, MA, a daughter of the late Morris and Beverly (Ziman) Phillips, she was a longtime resident of Warwick. She practiced therapy in Johnston for 20 years. Bonnie graduated from UNH, Class of ’74 and continued her education at Suffolk University with a Master’s in Counseling, Class of ‘81 and Smith College School for Social Work, Class of ’85.  She was a member of Temple Sinai and the former Temple Am David. Dear sister of Kenneth Phillips and his wife, Claudia, of Oak Park, CA.  Loving aunt of two nieces and one nephew. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. Burial will follow in Temple Israel Cemetery, 5096 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Temple Sinai, 30 Hagen Ave., Cranston, RI 02920 or American Cancer Society, 931 Jefferson Blvd, #3004, Warwick, RI 02886.  Shiva will be observed at 28 Deborah Road, Warwick on Friday 2-4 and Sunday and Monday 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.


  1. Kevin Dwares
    Jan 9, 2018

    Bonnie was a good friend and will be missed. Rest in Peace. Love Barbara and Kevin Dwares

  2. Ken Phillips
    Jan 9, 2018

    Bonnie was my dear, loving sister. We played a lot of ping pong in the basement of our parent’s house when were growing up. We went to a Rolling Stones’ concert at the Boston Garden in 1969. We bought a rail pass and travelled around Europe in 1977. In 2006, my daughters Sarah and Madeleine travelled to Rhode Island to visit Bonnie & Mark. Bonnie and Mark attended my son’s Bar-Mitzvah in 2015. Bonnie was always good natured and easy to speak to. On 12/27/17, Bonnie emailed me amazing pictures of herself, Mom and Dad from the past. Unfortunately, I can not attend the funeral as I am the full-time care-giver for my wife who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2017. I have no one else to care for my wife.

    • Judith E Berman
      Jul 7, 2018

      Dear Cousin Ken Phillips,

      Sorry to hear of your sisters passing and the diagnosis of your wife.
      Hope all is well.


      Cousin Judith

  3. Merle "Magi" Green
    Jan 9, 2018

    Mark, my deepest condolences go out to you and your family. I just had the pleasure of meeting her a couple of times and she was fso full of kindness. Having walked in your shoes I know that the memories we have made throughout the years with our loved ones help us to face tomorrow.

  4. Nancy Gross
    Jan 9, 2018

    All my warmest sympathy to you Mark on the loss of Bonnie. I send my sincerest condolences. Nancy

  5. Donna Phillips
    Jan 10, 2018

    Mark and Ken, my sincere condolences to you both. Mark, I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you. Bonnie was a sweet and gentle soul, taken far too soon from this journey of life.
    Ken, I have many fond memories of childhood gatherings at your house playing with you and Bonnie and attending family affairs as we got older. I was touched by Bonnie’s support at my dad’s funeral in 2010 and never thought it would be one of us just a few years down the road. Although we have scattered all over the globe as adults, it is a heartbreaking loss nonetheless. My thoughts and prayers go out to you as well regarding the challenges of caring for your ill wife.

  6. Paul Hoffman
    Jan 10, 2018

    Dear Mark, I was very sorry and saddened to hear this news. Though I never met her, I felt I knew her, through you. Your loving compassion and devotion to her will always be remembered. Please know that my thoughts are with you at this sad and difficult time.

  7. Gloria Manchester
    Jan 10, 2018

    I was a colleague of Bonnie’s many years ago, and have never forgotten her gentle ways and quiet humor. She was wonderful with her clients and co-workers alike. I am so sorry to hear of her passing- please accept my most sincere condolences.

  8. Ellen Gourse
    Jan 10, 2018


    Bonnie will be missed by many. I have so many memories of events through the Chavurah.

    Ellen Gourse

  9. Beverly Paris
    Jan 10, 2018

    DearMark. I am very saddened for the loss of your
    Beloved Bonnie. You were a special husband and
    Caregiver to Bonnie and never complained. I was very fond of her
    and want you to know seeing it is only 6 months for the loss of my dear husband that I will always be there to give you support while you are grieving. I pray God gives you the strength to
    get through the loss of such a good loving woman.
    Rest In Peace Bonnie. We will all miss you at the good times we had at Chavurah.

  10. Cheryl
    Jan 10, 2018

    I took my son to Bonnie for several years for therapy. She was always very kind and helpful and very nice to talk with. I was very saddened when she said she had to close her practice and very sad to hear if her passing. She was a very nice person and I extend my sympathies to her family.
    Sincerely Cheryl P.

  11. Julie & Albert Ben-Simon
    Jan 10, 2018

    Dear Mark and Kenny and family,
    We are so very saddened by this news. Bonnie was a wonderful and generous person. So strong and resilient and gifted with much wisdom and humor. We will miss her dearly.
    Take good care of yourselves.
    May Bonnie’s memory be for a blessing.
    From Cousins Julie and Albert Ben-Simon in Haifa, Israel

  12. Samuel Phillips
    Jan 11, 2018

    I am very saddened by the loss of Bonnie. She was an amazing Aunt who always made me feel welcome at her home. I remember visiting her home a couple of years ago in Rhode Island and she showed me all the pictures she had of the Phillips family. I also appreciate that she attended my Bar-Mitzvah. I am gladly repaying the favor and honoring her memory by traveling across country to attend her funeral service and burial.


    Samuel Zev Phillips

  13. Valerie London
    Jan 11, 2018

    I am Ken Phillip’s sister-in-law. I had the pleasure of knowing Bonnie. Our paths crossed at family celebrations on the West coast. I remember Bonnie and her Mom well. She, like her lovely Mother were gracious, kind, reserved, thoughtful people. I’m sorry that I didn’t have the chance to spend more time with her. I know that Sammy, Sarah and Madeleine (children of Claudia and her brother Ken Phillips) will remember her fondly. She will be

  14. Madeleine Phillips
    Jan 11, 2018

    My Aunt Bonnie was a very sweet and caring person. I loved visiting her and Mark in Rhode Island, and I will forever cherish the memories we made and the times we spent together. I will miss her very much.

  15. Ellen Phillips-Angeles
    Jan 15, 2018

    Dear Mark and Ken
    Please accept our deepest condolences. I hold fond memories of Bonnie and her kindness, compassionation, sense of humor and thoughtfulness in my heart. She will be missed.
    Ellen and Ron

  16. Jane Willis
    Jan 15, 2018

    Bonnie was a much loved and respected colleague to of all of us who worked at The Shepherd program years ago and , more recently, at Bridges Counseling Center. She was truly a special and kind soul and we will miss her tremendously.

    Jane Willis

  17. Linda Aronson
    Jan 17, 2018

    Mark and Ken, I was deeply saddened by the news of Bonnie’s passing. My heartfelt condolences go out to you both and your families. Bonnie was my cousin. I have nice memories of spending time with her during my childhood visits. During the conversations as adults, Bonnie was always very nice and radiated a special warmth. Always meant a lot to me that Bonnie visited my mother and was very kind to her. She was also very supportive. After my mother’s passing Bonnie sent me beautiful family pictures. I will always appreciate having Bonnie as my cousin and she will be missed.

  18. Judith E Berman
    Jul 7, 2018

    Dear Mark and Ken,

    My deepest condolences to you and your families. It was nice to nice to see Bonnie and her Husband who I met for the first time at their home in Rhode Island and going over photos and Documents of the Family tree. Bonnie and I are 2nd cousins.


    Cousin Judith

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