Memorial Service Set for Elaine Swanson

JAMESTOWN, NY (April 6, 2011) – A memorial service for Elaine (Ringbloom) Swanson, 89, widow of former Great Lakes Superintendent Harry Swanson, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Covenant Church. She died Saturday.

Swanson was born Aug. 4, 1921, in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her associate’s degree from North Park College.

She married Harry Swanson on May 27, 1944, in Chicago. He preceded her in death.

She ministered alongside her husband while he was pastor at Evangelical Covenant churches in Rockford and Paxton, Illinois, and New Britain, Connecticut. He was elected superintendent of the Great Lakes Conference in 1965 and the family moved to Jamestown.

Survivors include a daughter, Kari Wiese of Dublin, Ohio, and a son, Dr. J. Craig Swanson of Saunderstown, Rhode Island.

Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. Visitation will not be observed.

Memorials may be made to First Covenant Church, 520 Spring St., Jamestown, NY, 14701, or to Camp Mission Meadows, 5201 Route 430, Dewittville, NY, 14728.

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  1. Dear Kari and family, I remember many, many wonderful times with Harry & Elaine. I always loved them, and I called your mom “Lovely Elaine.” We have kept in touch at Christmas, and through Marolyn, and I was praying for your mom. May God bless her memory to you. Love, Shirley

  2. Elaine Swanson was a wonderful woman of God. She and Harry were a blessing to so many people. I was blessed to have her be a spiritual presence during my childhood at 1st Covenant Church, and much later in life as I returned to Jamestown, she continued to be a true witness for the Lord, with a radiant smile and attitude that only comes for a deep relationship with the Savior. Peace to her memory.

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