Vivian May Swanson, 83

Vivian May (Vitous) Swanson, wife of Roy Arthur Swanson and mother of Lynn Marie Snider, Dana Miriam Butts and Dyack Tyler Swanson, died on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, just eight days before her 84 birthday.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert Roy Swanson; her father and mother, Robert and Lillian Vitous; and a daughter, Robin Lillian Swanson.
She is survived by her sister, Roberta Bruess; her nephews, David and Rick Bruess; her nieces, Kristen Bruess Dement and Tracy Bruess Waller; grandchildren, Bret and Melanie Snider, Brittany and Brent Swanson, and A.J. and Tyler Butts; and by great-grandchildren, Aidan, Ava and Lily Robin Snider.

Among her many friends, she will be especially missed by her Mequon neighbors, Keith and Lois Smith, and by Patricia Drasin of St. Paul, Minn.
Her life was informed by a transcendent love of all the members of her family and a constant and selfless devotion to their needs and interests. Her long and vigorous resistance to a host of bodily ailments entailed numerous surgeries, medications and rehabilitations. She bore her tribulations with unrelenting fortitude and beauteous spirit.

Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home; 10280 North Port Washington Road in Mequon. Friends may greet the family at the time of the services. Interment will take place in Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg. Condolences may be left online at