Josephine Swanson

Josephine Swanson


Josephine “Jo” Swanson, 88, of Albion, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020.  She was born December 20, 1931 in Lundy’s Lane, a daughter of the late Leon and Theresa (LaRoque) Martin.  Jo, along with her late husband, owned and operated Swanson Boat Oar in Albion since 1964.  She was a member of the Albion Order of the Eastern Star #22 where she was a past Worthy Matron and also a District Deputy Grand Matron.  She also served on Boro Council for 17 years, was a member of the Albion 51 Club, the Albion Garden Club, the Albion Bridge Club, and was the Albion Cemetery Association Secretary.  Jo enjoyed playing cards, doing crossword puzzles and travelling with her daughter on her daughter’s long work trips.  Jo was always on the go and organized the local ladies for their monthly trips called “ladies day”.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, James Swanson, whom she married June 14, 1951, a son, Randy Swanson, a grandson, Michael Swanson, three sisters, Muriel Church, Bunny Monroe, Marie Rich.  She is survived by three children, Terrie Swanson of Albion, Bradley Swanson and his wife, Nancy, of Cranesville, Eric Swanson of Albion, two grandchildren, Matt Swanson and his wife, Cheryl, Chris Swanson and his wife, April, five great-grandchildren, Hanna and Emily Swanson, Levi, Nora and Michael Swanson, a granddaughter-in-law, Julie Swanson, and several nieces and nephews.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Albion Library, 111 East Pearl Street, Albion, PA  16401.  The Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, is handling the funeral arrangements.  To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit  A private graveside service and burial will be held by the family.  Although under the current pandemic an invitation to the service cannot be extended to all of you that would appreciate that opportunity to join in helping Jo start on the next phase of her journey, the family asks that you take a moment on Thursday morning to remember something special you shared with Jo or to afford yourself that pleasure of your favorite dessert.


Left by  “Mark and Heidi Norton” on 07/18/2020

Jo was a wonderful lady. She was generous, active and caring. She will be greatly missed. So many years and so many great times were had at Swanson camp and home. Our heart goes out to family. Much happiness in ur new journey Jo!!

Left by  “Russ Weber” on 07/06/2020

Hi Eric,
So Sorry for your loss, I pray that you will find comfort in the Lords arms

Left by  “Cyndi and Bill Altman” on 07/03/2020

Please know we will hold your family in our hearts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy in this very sad time.

Left by  “Michelene (Bunny) Miner” on 07/03/2020

From Minnesota, with love to the Swanson family. I will miss our long phone chats, just to catch up. Will always remember the Pa clan sisters annual trip to St. Paul and White Earth. Fun and laughs for all. Migwitch for the memories.

Left by  “Jim and Debbie Feldmiller and Donald Hough” on 07/02/2020

You have our deepest sympathy. She was such a lovely lady and will be remembered by all that had the pleasure of knowing her.

Left by  “Lori Swanson ” on 07/02/2020

She will be missed. Remembering all the fun times we had as kids at camp. Love to all of you ??

Left by  “Emma Lou Swanson ” on 07/01/2020

Our visits to Albion were always special as we had lunch with Jo and friends. A beautiful lady.

Left by  “Steve and Irene Smith” on 07/01/2020

Our deepest condolences to Terrie, Brad, Nancy, Eric and the entire family.

Left by  “Barbara Swanson” on 07/01/2020

I will surely miss my friend, Jo. But I know that she is in a better place with Jim.

Left by  “Rita Bishop” on 07/01/2020

Sorry for your loss

Left by  “Roger and Sue Sherman” on 07/01/2020

So sorry to hear this. Jo was a special and fun lady..

Left by  “Walt & Deb Weir” on 07/01/2020

Thoughts and Prayers to all the Family. Wonderful person who will be missed by many.

Left by  “Phil & Jane Ryan” on 06/30/2020

Our deepest sympathy to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family. May you find peace and comfort in this time of sorrow.

Left by  “Jackie Stankiewicz ” on 06/30/2020

My sympathy to the family. Heaven has been blessed with a wonderful lady.

Left by  “Kim Blanco” on 06/30/2020

Brad, Eric. Terri and Family. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

Left by  “Rick sundahl” on 06/30/2020

All our prayers go out to the Swanson family at this time.
Rick Susan and the sundshl family

Left by  “Joy Kempf” on 06/30/2020

My sympathy and prayers to the family. She was a great lady and she will be missed.

Left by  “Larry and Mary Herl” on 06/30/2020

Sending our sincere condolences to all of you. Such a kind and generous lady. She will be missed in the community.

Left by  “Doug and Amy Hedglin ” on 06/30/2020

Our deepest sympathy for your loss, Jo was a wonderful happy and thoughtful woman and I will miss her smiling face. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Left by  “Shelly Snyder Westerburg ” on 06/30/2020

Sending my condolences to all of you.

Left by  “David and Susan Crosby” on 06/30/2020

Condolences on the loss of your mother .

Left by  “Linda LaRoque Schuyler” on 06/30/2020

We lost a treasure.. safe journey Jo

Left by  “Ron and Joyce Jones” on 06/30/2020

Deepest sympathy to the Swanson family. A wonderful life well lived...may she Rest In Peace!

Left by  “Doug Kleckner” on 06/30/2020

A great lady! So sorry to hear of her passing. My most sincere condolences to the Swanson family.

Left by  “Ray and vicki armstrong” on 06/30/2020

To the Swanson family Sincere condolences on the loss of your mother .

Left by  “Nancy Anderson” on 06/30/2020

Jo was one of my Best Friends ever. She will be missed.

Left by  “Kevin and Renae Mihalak” on 06/30/2020

Deepest sympathy to the family. May She Rest In Peace.

Left by  “Paul McKnight” on 06/30/2020

My sincerest condolences to the family The woman that I called Aunt Jo will forever live in our hearts. Rest In Peace Aunt Jo.

Left by  “Larry and Jeanne Bright” on 06/30/2020

our deepest condolences to all the family. Thoughts and prayers.

Left by  “Clarence felton” on 06/30/2020

Jo was a great lady and friend and she will surely be missed rip.

Left by  “Pete and Brigitte Rotko” on 06/30/2020

A great lady that will be missed but not forgotten.

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