Vera Swanson

VERA ROSE SWANSON, 86 ROSCOE - Vera Rose Swanson, 86, died peacefully with family at her side on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at P A Peterson. Born in Grand Mound, Iowa to Peter and Julia Thess. She married Walter Swanson and shared 59 years together before his passing in 2007. Vera was one of twelve children. She was an active member of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church of Roscoe. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and taking care of her family. Vera loved the simple pleasure of taking long walks. She was a good friend to all. Survived by children, Debbie (Jerry) Berkowitz, Don (Terry) Swanson, Patti (Jeff) Steinback, and Lori Swanson; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by husband, Walter. Memorial service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at P A Peterson in the Atrium, 1311 Parkview, Rockford, Il. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to P A Peterson Residents Fund, c/o Vera, 1311 Parkview, Rockford, IL 61107 or Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, c/o Vera, 2100 Sanders Rd., Suite 100, Northbrook, IL 60062. Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, Roscoe Chapel was honored to have assisted the family. To express condolences, visit

Published in Rockford Register Star from May 6 to May 7, 2013