In Memory of Norma Jean Swanson



Norma Jean Swanson
Norma Jean Swanson
Born: November 4, 1937
Died: December 4, 2019
Age: 82
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Norma Jean Swanson
November 4, 1937 - December 4, 2019
From: Ida Grove, IA

Norma Jean Swanson, age 82, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at her residence of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa.  The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com

Norma Jean Swanson was born on November 4, 1937, in Arion, Iowa. She was the daughter of Walter and Vivian (Goeser) Petersen. Norma grew up in a house across the street from the public school in Arion. In 1956, she graduated from Denison High School in Denison, Iowa.

On June 7, 1956, Norma married Eugene Swanson in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dow City, Iowa. To this union seven children were born: David, Diane, Donavon, Debra, Douglas, Darren and Dawn.

Norma enjoyed listening to music, gambling with her sister Pat, and preparing delicious meals for her family, such as oven meal, meatloaf, fried chicken, and her fabulous potato salad. She was a devoted mother, proud grandmother, great-grandmother and the rock of her family.  She was the most caring, kind, and compassionate woman. She literally would’ve done anything for all of us, throughout our childhood even into adulthood. She wouldn’t let you leave without a hug and a kiss. 

Left to cherish her memory are her children, David Swanson of Ida Grove, IA, Diane (Keith) Kaspersen of Westside, IA, Donavon Swanson of Ida Grove, IA, Debra (Tim) Billings of Ida Grove, IA, Douglas Swanson of Ida Grove, IA, Darren (Becky) Swanson of Ida Grove, IA, and Dawn Marie (Ryan) Paulsen of Mapleton, IA; 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Don (Mary) Petersen of Kent, WA and Walter (Valerie) Petersen of Columbia, MO; sister, Patricia Hostetter of Pocahontas, IA; extended family and friends.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Vivian Petersen; ex-husband, Eugene Swanson; and grandson Daniel Swanson. 

 

SERVICES

10:00 a.m., Tuesday
December 10, 2019
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

OFFICIATING

Father Richard D. Ball

CASKET BEARERS

Pallbearers
Matt Paulsen
Tyler Paulsen
Jake Huff
Joey Huff
David Swanson II
Aaron Swanson

Honorary Pallbearers
Derek Swanson
Eric Swanson
Michael Swanson
Dustin Swanson
Sarah Swanson
Nate Paulsen
Samantha Burkhart
Aaron Billings
Nick Billings
Pat Billings
Jake Billings
Dan Billings
Heather Schreiber
Daniel Swanson

VISITATION

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

MUSIC

Recorded Selections

“You Are My Sunshine”
“Wind Beneath My Wings” 
“Amazing Grace”
“One Bread, One Body”
“Jealous of the Angels”
“Dueling Banjos”

 

INTERMENT

Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Condolences


Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 2:42 PM
“Norma was an amazing and loving mother and an even more amazing grandmother. She loved her family with all her heart! We were all the better for receiving her love 💕 she will forever be missed!”
- CindiJo
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 2:42 PM
“My sympathy to the family of Norma Swanson. I did not know her personally, but did know her sister Pat and graduated with her brother Walter "Pete" Petersen with the Class of 1964 at Dow City. May she rest in peace.”
- Nancy Stepanek Rosburg
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7:16 AM
“I knew Norma while working in Sioux City and driving her and Pat to and from Ida Grove. She was such a loving, funny person. I'll always remember our drives together. Rest well, Norma. ”
- Lindsey Pojar
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 2:49 PM
“So sorry for your loss! She was a great woman and often times a mom to me too! Hugs to everyone. ”
- Jeanne
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 2:49 PM
“Sorry to hear of Norma's passing. Had missed her around Denison, wasn't sure where she had moved. I graduated with her brother and have known Norma many years. If my memory serves me correctly, she and Phyliss Crane were close friends in high school. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Jerry Boger
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