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 Thief River Falls - Eleanor Swanson, 74, died on Wednesday, October 6, 2004 at Oakland Park Nursing Home in Thief River Falls.
  Funeral services were held  on Monday, October 11, at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Casket bearers included her nephews Rick Swanson, Steve Swanson, Duane Swanson, Ross Richards, Hal Swanson, Brad Swanson, Tim Swanson, Travis Swanson, Trevor Swanson, Cory Bugge and Adam Bugge. Honorary casket bearers included all of Eleanor’s nieces, Debbie Johnson, Kathi Arbues, Jani Weibolt, Natalie Swanson, Kim Twining, Carla Cullen, Tasha Freese, Tami Larson, Kelsy Blowers, Karyn Lutz, Kristie Hensel, Jan Swanson, Lori Grandalen, Stefanie Swanson and Toni Scheef.
 Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
 Eleanor Ruth Swanson was born April 29, 1930, in Thief River Falls, the daughter of George and Katharine (Anton) Swanson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith at Calvary Lutheran Church in St. Hilaire. She attended rural school and graduated in 1947 from Lincoln High School.
 After graduation, she was employed by Northern State Bank for four years, reaching the position of assistant cashier. Eleanor then moved to Moorhead and worked at Kippels retail store for one year.  She then moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where she was employed by Smartwear-Emma Lang clothing store, for 13 years, where she became assistant secretary of the corporation.  She was vice president/manager of the “Palette Shop” which was an Artistic Supply Shop, for 31 years, retiring in 1997. Following her retirement she moved back to Thief River Falls.
 Eleanor served on the boards of various organizations while in Milwaukee.
 While living in Summerfield Apartments in Thief River Falls, she was active in various committees. She was always ready to help in anyway she could. She enjoyed seeing her family often and organized a method of celebrating family birthdays. Her favorite place to be was the cabin at Lake Buzzle, Pinewood, where she spent as many weekends as possible. She enjoyed Bible Study at Zion Lutheran Church and playing cards at Summerfield Apartments.
 Eleanor is survived by six brothers and sisters, Lenord (Dorothy) Swanson, Lylian Richards, Oliver “Skip” (Pat) Swanson, Clifford (Shirley) Swanson, Leslie (Bernadette) Swanson and Sharon (Neil) Bugge, all of Thief River Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews.
 She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers: Chester, Donald and Dennis.