Mary Ellen Swanson

Mary Ellen Swanson

FAIRMONT — Mary Ellen Swanson passed away peacefully Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society in Indianola, Iowa, surrounded by family. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 901 S. Prairie Ave., in Fairmont, Minn., followed by a burial in Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Lakeview Funeral Home, 205 Albion Ave., in Fairmont, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Mary Ellen was born in 1944 in Fairmont, Minn., and graduated from Fairmont Catholic High School in 1962, later earning a degree in fine arts from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa.

She considered Des Moines her home, moving there in 1980 and remaining there for the rest of her adult life.

Mary Ellen was a lifelong lover and patron of the arts, most notably the opera and movies. She was happiest when listening to classical music or opera while reading the daily paper. She enjoyed movies of all genres as well as live performances of music and arts, and boasted that she “never missed a curtain call.”

Her greatest joys centered around her two boys and their accomplishments.

Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Margaret Keefe; and her brother, Jeremiah.

She is survived by her sons, Noah and Seth (Lindsay) Swanson; brothers, Dennis (Carole) and Jim (Moira); and her sister, Barb (Gary) Miller.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Fairmont Opera House at