Margaret Swanson, of Mora, formerly of Minneapolis, died on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at her home. She was 80 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, September 22, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Eugene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 6:00 -8:00 pm on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and 1 hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.
INTERMENT will be held at 11:35 am on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Assembly Area #6 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Margaret Alice Swanson, age 80, was peacefully given to her Lord at her home on September 18, 2014.
Born on August 27th, 1934 in Maywood, Illinois to Theodore and Ellen (Marshall) Wolff, Margaret was the youngest of seven children and graduated from Proviso High School in Maywood, Illinois in 1952. Upon her graduation, Margaret entered her period of discernment at Mount Carmel (Dubuque, Iowa) and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She left in 1955 and, later, married Gerald (Jerry) Swanson in 1961 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After Jerry’s military service time ended, they relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Four wonderful children were born unto this marriage, Blanche Lynn, Daniel, and Paul.
Margaret worked as an assembler at Honeywell for nearly thirty years. She, later in life, relocated to Saint Francis and Coon Rapids in Minnesota before settling near Mora, Minnesota fourteen years ago.
A birthright Catholic, Margaret was an active member of Saint Mary’s Parish in Mora as well as the Saint Martha’s Mission Circle. Through her direct and personal involvement, Saint Mary’s parishioners and many others were blessed with thousands of rosaries. Margaret enjoyed making and teaching the art of rosary making, crocheting, reading mysteries and westerns, playing board and card games to which she excelled in Boggle, Rummikub, Scrabble, and Dominos.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1983, her son-in-law, Donald Lamont, and four older brothers, Ed, Jim, Bob, and John, and many cherished brothers in-law and sisters in-law.
Margaret is survived by her two sisters, Dorothy Woisard of Ames, Iowa and Sister Mary Janine Wolff, BVM of Dubuque, Iowa; her four children, Blanche (David) King, Lynn (Dodd) Lamont, Daniel (Jamie), and Paul (Sondra), six grandchildren, Meghan, BriAnna, Peyton, Tanner, Henry, and Zoey; honorary grandchildren; Tommy, Gracie, and Apollo; and numerous other wonderful and treasured nieces, nephews and friends.
A Funeral Service was held on Monday, September 22, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Eugene Plaisted and Rita Clasemann officiating. Music was provided by Kris Paulson and the St. Mary’s Choir. Interment was on Tuesday, Sept 23rd at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com
Her children would like to thank Rita Clasemann, Father Eugene Plaistad, OSC, Kris Paulson, First Light Health System, St. Clare’s Rehab Facility and St. Croix Hospice for there loving care of Margaret, as well as the Saint Martha’s Mission Circle for their prayers and camaraderie.