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Gloria Swanson
Hallock, Minn. - Gloria Mae Swanson, 85, died Oct. 20, 2012 at her home in Hallock, Minn.
Gloria was born in Redwing, Minn., May 14, 1927 to Olaf and Edythe (Grow) Borseth, the first born of eight children.
She spent most of her childhood in Wadena, Minn. and moved to Minneapolis, Minn. where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul and graduated with degrees in English and music.  
She taught school in the Minnesota communities of  Henderson, Kasson-Mantorville and Albert Lea.  
June 1, 1957, she was married to John Leonard Swanson.  They lived in Hallock, Minn.  Gloria continued pursuing her interests in music and English as she raised her family. She substitute taught when needed at Hallock High School. She gave piano lessons to countless students throughout several decades; a number of these students became close friends.  
Over the years, Gloria directed choirs at First Presbyterian Church; at one point it was a family affair with both Leonard and Tom singing in the choir and Ann accompanying on the organ.  
She was active in a local women’s service club that worked to re-establish and then improve the Hallock Public Library. She enjoyed the written word and was an avid reader and writer. She co-wrote two biographies and crafted many essays, many of which were published in the newspaper. Gloria was an organizing founder of the Hallock Community Theatre.  During her 25 year involvement with the group she directed many productions and co-wrote and co-produced the Hallock Centennial Pageant and Back Home Days shows.  
Gloria had strong opinions which she was not afraid to express and was fond of discussing politics and current events. She was extremely proud of her grandkids and enjoyed talking with them about their future plans.
She is survived by her son Tom (Maureen), Hallock, her daughter Ann (Jay) Sommer, Walker, Minn.; four grandchildren,  Alex Sommer, Shannon Swanson, Isak Sommer and Ericka Swanson;  sisters,  Marilyn Fialkowski, Sioux Falls, S.D.,  Ramona (John) Carpenter, Burnsville, Minn., Lorna (Charles) Bastis, Nevis,  Minn. and Phyllis (Harlan) Syverson, Eden Prairie, Minn.; brother Gerald, Mound, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Harriet Washburn, Stockton, Calif. and Barbara Borseth, Nevis, Minn.; brother-in-law Paul Lohmann, Henderson, Nev.,  and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leonard, sister Helene Lohmann, brother Eugene Borseth, sisters-in-law Jean Swanson and Rita Borseth, brother-in-law Paul Fialkowski, nieces Jacqueline Batt and Karen Syverson, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Services were held at First Presbyterian Church in Hallock Oct. 27, 2012.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock.
Rev. Marge Landwehr officiated; Renee Wahl, organist; LeAnn Gatheridge, soloist and Fawn Foss, pianist.
Honorary pallbearers were Farmers Store employees, past and present.
Pallbearers were Andrew Lohmann, Roger Malm, David Lindegard, Dan Younggren, Pat McGee and Edward Lehrke.
The Austin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Visitor Comments
Submitted By: Deloris Nelson Knutson Submitted: 11/7/2012
Am so sorry to hear of Gloria's death. She was good to my Mother in her last years. Another Farmer's Store connection gone. Will pass this on to our family in Sweden as I know Eta and Hans Christer will want to know.

Submitted By: Opal Lander Submitted: 10/31/2012
I was so sorry to read of Gloria's death. She and Leonard were great friends of ours. My husband, Leonard, having grown up with your Leonard made us special friends. We visited them in Hallock & here in Brainerd shortly before your Dads death. I will miss seeing when visiting in Hallock. May God help fill this big void in your lives. Sincerely

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