In Memory of

Velrene Swanger

August 5, 1922 - June 16, 2010
Velrene, the daughter of A.J. and Mary (McDermott) King, was born August 5, 1922 in Anthon. She received her education in Anthon and Kingsley. After school she worked for Cudahy Packing Plant in Sioux City for 6 years before moving to the Cherokee area. On March 6, 1947, she and Robert were united in marriage at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. The two of them farmed in the Larrabee and Quimby areas before moving to rural Cleghorn. Over the years Velrene worked in Al Swanson's stores in Cherokee and Aurelia; the Farmer's Produce and Hartley Creamery; she was a cook at Meriden-Cleghorn school; along with the family businesses - the milking and trucking operations. She also had an exceptional talent for cooking, though she never gave herself credit. She enjoyed crocheting, dancing, cooking, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, and visiting with family, friends and neighbors. She had been a member of Visitation Parish at Maryhill until a storm demolished it in August 2006 and is now a member of the Immaculate Conception in Cherokee. She will be lovingly remembered by close family members who include: a daughter, Roberta (Dennis) Twining of Sioux City; a son, Bob (Gloria) Swanger of Cleghorn and their daughter Mandy (Jaron) Hirschman of Paullina; a great-grandson, T.J. Gray of Thornton, Colorado; her sister, Jerry (Bill) Foley of Quimby; sister-in-laws, Lucille King and Esther Utesch; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; a grandson and his wife, Troy and Jennifer Gray; a great-grandson, Michael Gray; 6 brothers, Ed, Lawrence, Allen, Joe, Paul, and Bill; and 3 sisters, Marie McNear, Agnes Sawin, and Ann Wright. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be truly missed but will be lovingly remembered.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Armand Bertrand
Gary Wright Doug Wright Jack Foley Dale Lunders Steve Peters Chuck Peters
Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Friday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday night. A prayer service and rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Organist- Charlotte Groves Vocalist- I.C. Funeral Choir
St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Anthon, IA


Friday, July 9, 2010 at 12:00 AM
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“ I'd like to send my sincere condolences to Velrene's family. I had the opportunity to get to know Velrene this year when she was a resident at the
Cherokee Villa. As a 4th grade teacher at Roosevelt School, I take my homeroom
students to the Villa once a month for the 'Adopted Grandparents' program.
Velrene was one of the participants in that program this year. My student, Brianna
Sleezer, always looked forward to her visits with Velrene. They would chat, play
games, and make crafts, and I know they truly enjoyed each other's company.
Velrene was a special lady, and I'm going to miss her. Please know that all of you
are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
- Meribeth M. Adams
Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I just heard of my Grandma's passing. I sure wish my 'family' would have let me know about her passing. Grandma, I love you with all my heart and your other great grandkids do too, Christian, Jamie Junior, Collin, and Alaina. You will be missed and remembered for all the things you did with me and the kids.”
- Jamie L Gray Sr.
Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Velrene Swanger, she will be missed greatly. She will always live in our hearts. ”
- Lindsay M Wright
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