Swanson, Gloria Jane (Elliott)


Gloria Jane (Elliott) Swanson, 84, passed away at her home at Brookdale Memory Care in La Crosse, Wis.

Gloria was born on January 21, 1934, to Herman and Mildred (Woese) Elliott in rural Redwood Falls, Minn. Gloria graduated from Redwood Falls High School.

She married Norman Swanson in 1952 and they owned and operated Swanson Studios in Lamberton and Springfield, Minn., until 1969 when they moved to Winona, Minn. She was employed by Camera Art in Lewiston, Minn., and later at Alf’s Studio in Winona, Minn., as a photographic artist until her retirement.

Gloria loved fashion, flowers, music, dancing, movies, entertaining, and travel. She was a culinary expert, a fabulous baker, and kept a meticulous house. Her passion for collecting all things butterfly was unrivaled. She adored her many dogs and cats throughout the years and was proud to have been the first woman to become a member of the Winona Elks Lodge.

Gloria is survived by one daughter, Debra (Steve) Schams of La Crescent, Minn.; one granddaughter, April Hurd (Bill) Farrell; and three grandchildren, Liam, Wyatt, and Stella Farrell all of La Crescent, Minn.; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years and her parents.

The family wishes to thank Brookdale Memory Care, La Crosse, for the excellent care Gloria received for the past four years. Also, thank you to Dr. David Momont and Gundersen Hospice for your compassionate care.

Private services were held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Crematory, Winona, Minn., and Fountain City, Wis. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com.


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