FLORENCE L. SWANSONFlorence L. Swanson, 88, of Duluth, formerly of Webster, Wis.
Florence L. Swanson, 88, of Duluth, formerly of Webster, Wis., died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, in the Fountains at Lakeshore.
She was born in Brainerd, Minn., on Dec. 9, 1922, to Arthur and Fannie (Holderness) Phillips. After graduating from Rasmussen Business College in St. Paul, Florence worked in the payroll department of the Greyhound Bus Co. in Minneapolis.
She married Robert Swanson on Oct. 17, 1942, just before his entry into the Army and his service in Europe. They raised their family in Robbinsdale, Minn., prior to their move to Webster, in 1973, where they owned and operated Swanson's Gambles-Ace Hardware until 1993. Bob died in 1996, and Florence later moved to Duluth in 2007, to be near her daughter.
She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Duluth.
Florence was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister Edythe Rahn.
She is survived by her children, Nancy (The Rev. Henry D. Noodzy) of Duluth, and Bruce (Solveig) Swanson of Richfield, Minn.; four grandchildren, Sheila Noordzy, David (Susan) Noordzy, Andrew (Shawna) Swanson, and Meghan (John) Yang; five great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Patricia (Thomas) Dooley; and many nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home, and continues at 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday in Williams-Lobermeier. Burial at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oak Park Cemetery, Webste, Wis. Memorials to Lakeshore are preferred.
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