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Mary Ellen Swanson

Fairmont, MN - Mary Ellen Swanson passed away peacefully June 9, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society of Indianola, IA surrounded by family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 901 S Prairie Ave, Fairmont, MN, followed by burial at Lakeside Cemetery, also in Fairmont. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lakeview Funeral Home, 205 Albion Ave, and continue for one hour prior to the time of services at the church.

Mary Ellen was born in Fairmont, Minnesota in 1944, and graduated from Fairmont Catholic High School in 1962, later earning a degree in Fine Art from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. She considered Des Moines her home, moving there in 1980 and remaining there for the rest of her adult life.

Mary Ellen was a lifelong lover and patron of the arts, most notably the opera and movies. She was happiest when listening to classical music or opera while reading the daily paper. She enjoyed movies of all genres as well as live performances of music and arts, and boasted that she 'never missed a curtain call.' Her greatest joys centered around her two boys and their accomplishments.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Margaret Keefe; and by her brother, Jeremiah. She is survived by her sons, Noah and Seth (Lindsay) Swanson; by brothers, Dennis (Carole) and Jim (Moira); and by her sister, Barb (Gary) Miller.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Fairmont Opera House via www.fairmontoperahouse.org.

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Published in Des Moines Register from June 12 to June 13, 2018
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