GREEN BAY, Wis. — Daniel E. Swanson, 61, Green Bay, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013, surrounded by friends and family at St. Vincent Hospital after a lengthy battle with multiple medical conditions.
He was born on Dec. 7, 1951, to the late Evar and Mary Swanson. Dan graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Mich. He studied general classes at Gogebic Community College and graduated from Northern Michigan University with a master’s degree in public administration. While attending school he met his best friend, Tom Ruppe, who he held dear to his heart even after Tom’s passing.
He was a teacher and principal at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Hurley. During that time he fell in love and was married to Diane C. Vanderschaegen. Together they had two children, Cindy and Paul. After moving to Green Bay to be closer to his children, Dan worked at Sears as a salesman for more than 20 years. During that time, Dan met his closest and dearest friends, Joyce Prush and Mike Rianni. They continued to have their weekly Sunday get-togethers.
Dan was an avid collector. He loved collecting coins, especially with his close friend, John Lerza. Dan loved spending time at his property at Lake Superior. He enjoyed watching Packers games until they were no longer winning. More than anything, Dan enjoyed living for his children and grandchildren.
Dan was extremely empathetic; he would always put others needs and wants before his own.
Survivors include his children, Cindy Suttner and Paul (Anne) Swanson; grandchildren, Mia, Lily and Isabella; Elizabeth and Ed (Soffa) McCarthy; and nephews, Jim and John Swanson.
He is preceded by his parents; sister, Mary Ellen Swanson; brother, William Swanson; close friends, Tom Ruppe, Jimmy Kritz, Johnny Soffa and Josephine Vanderschaegen.
Visitation will be held from 3 until 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at St. Willebrord Parish, 209 S. Adams St ., Green Bay.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the church.
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