Clarence A. Swanson

Visitation and a Mass of Christian burial was held for Clarence A. Swanson "Swanee" on Jan. 12 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton. Father Michael Barrett celebrated the Mass. Interment took place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Grafton. Mueller Funeral Home of Grafton assisted the family with arrangements.

Clarence A. Swanson was born on Oct. 10, 1926. He grew up in Escanaba, Mich., the youngest son of the late Nels and Signe (nee Fredricksen) Swanson. Swanee is a Navy veteran who served during World War II.

Swanee loved every aspect of the outdoors, from walking to gardening and fishing. He retired from AT&T where he worked for over 39 years. After retiring, Swanee and his wife Marilyn moved to a home on Legend Lake. They lived there for 11 years before returning to Grafton, where Swanee enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Swanee is survived by his wife, Marilyn (nee Heaton), whom he loved deeply and with whom he shared over 52 years of his life. He was the dear father of Keith (Carla) of Niagara, Ken (Shirley) of Cedar Grove, Neil (Joan) of Gilbert, Ariz., Raymond (Ellen) of Grafton, Linnea (Daniel) Ernster of Reno, Nev. and Daniel (Jane) of Germantown. He was the proud "Grandpa" of 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was also the dear brother of Ewald (the late Kay) and Gladys, his twin sister.

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