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Sandra Swanson

March 31, 1942 - October 21, 2015

Funeral Service - Monday

October 26, 2015
- 11:00 AM

Hope Lutheran Church North Campus, Fargo

Prayer Service - Sunday

October 25, 2015
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Sunday

October 25, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


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Sandra Swanson

March 31, 1942 - October 21, 2015


Sandra Swanson age 73, Fargo ND, passed away at Sanford Palliative Care Unit Wednesday October 21, 2015 surrounded by her family.

Sandra Louise Swanson was born March 31, 1942, in Rolla, ND; she was the daughter of Russell and Louise (Krook) Gardner. Sandy grew up and attended school in Rolla, ND, and later attended Turtle Mountain Community College and NDSU. Sandy was united in marriage to Donald Swanson on June 23, 1963, in Rolla, ND. They lived in Bismarck, ND, Newell, SD and Mott, ND before returning to Rolla in 1969. In 1989 they moved to Fargo where Sandy retired from the VA Hospital canteen in November of 2008.

Sandy was passionate about her family and enjoyed spending as much time as she could with them. She enjoyed time with her friends playing Bingo, listening to music, and visiting on the porch. Sandy was a compassionate woman who spent her time making sure everyone was taken care of. Sandy’s daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the pride and joy of her life.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Tanis & Dave Azure of Fargo; 4 grandchildren, Amanda(Alpha), Mathew(Jeanine), Chenoa(Michael Morin) and Jessa Laducer; 12 great-grandchildren; Lily, Ariah, Maria, Ezra, Christopher, Amelia, Tylor, Zoey, Amara, Chayton, Emmalin and Trayvin; one sister, Judy Lentz of Bismarck, ND, two brothers, Lloyd “Bud”(Charlene) Gardner of Olathe, KS and Richard “Dick”(Lydia) Gardner of Elk Grove, CA; two sister-in-law’s, Janice(Emil) Vetter of Elgin, ND and Jean Swanson of Braddock, ND. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and very dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Don, sister Beverly”Babe” Swegle and brother John”Jack” Gardner; two nieces, Debbie Swegle and Donna Neely; two nephews, Greg Gardner and John Gardner Jr.

The funeral will be 11a.m. Monday in Hope Lutheran Church, North Campus, in Fargo. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday in Boulger Funeral Home and in the church Monday one hour prior to services. Burial will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Mandan.


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9 responses to “Sandra Swanson”

  1. Brian Hughes says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Family. I remember all the good times we had with Don and Sandy when we square danced. Then we would go out for coffee afterwards and Don would always grab Jellies from the table and put them in Sandy’s purse. LOL…. Good times and Great Memories.

  2. Rose Lee Fagerlund-Stroebele says:

    I graduated with Sandy from Rolla HS in 1961. Sandy was also in the same Girl Scout Troop. I had not seen Sandy for many years, but have great memories of our schools days. I am sorry for your loss and wish you peace and memories of your time together.

  3. Sharon Johnston Berglund says:

    Tanis and family: I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I will always remember coming to your grandmas house with my grandma! I was going through old photos not that long ago from family reunions and such and it brought back so many memories of days gone by. Your mother was one of the nicest ladies I have known! My thoughts and prayers are with your family!

  4. Eunice Nelson says:

    Sincere sympathy to Tanis and her family. Your Mother will be missed.
    What a neat video of Sandra and her family. I know you were all very special to her.

  5. Patricia ( Wayne) Strait says:

    My sincere sympathy goes out to the family of Sandy. Thinking of you all. You meant alot to me as our
    closest neighbors growing up on the farm. Sandy’s and her family’s connections began many years before
    she was born and continued for many years after. God Bless You All.

  6. Susan Jaroszewski says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Sandy at the VA. We visited often. She always had a smile on her face and a story to tell me about her grandkids and great-grandkids. She was very proud of her family. She will be missed.

  7. Sandra Slunaker Spencer says:

    I am sad to get this news. Sandy and I reconnected about a year ago and enjoyed getting caught up over the phone. The Gardner family is one of my best childhood memories. Oh the fun Sandy, Judy, and I would have together! And I can still remember Louise’s wonderful laugh as well. May your memories of her bring you joy and peace.

  8. Marleen (Swanson) Smetana says:

    Tanis and family,

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I was not able to attend the funeral, but wanted to extend my sympathy to you at this time. I am thinking of you in this time of sorrow and send wishes to you for strength in the days ahead.

    The video tribute was so nice. Prayers for you and your family.

  9. Glen and Gail Bjornstad says:

    We are shocked and saddened to discover the passing of our friend, Sandra, in a 2015 Christmas card. We met Don and Sandy at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rolla, North Dakota in the mid to late 1970’s. They were loyal table guests at countless fellowship dinners. Sandy’s husband, Don, encouraged us to join a square dance class. And, later we became active members in square dancing with the Twin County Twirlers. We traveled to many dances with them. Our friendship grew over the years and they were frequent guests in our home and vice versa. We played many games of Whist with them and sometimes laughed until we cried. Their participation in our family events was a wonderful blessing. Sandy’s passing represents the end of an era we consider to be among the happiest moments of our lives. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Tanis and David Azure and all of their children, and grandchildren.

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