Clarice Florence Swanson

November 30, 1926October 11, 2020

Clarice Florence Swanson also known as “Swanny” and “Mimi” to those closest to her, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020

She was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on November 30, 1926. Clarice and her twin brother Clem were the oldest of eight children born to Florence and Clement Wirtz. She graduated from Catholic high school and went on to nursing college as a WWII Army Cadet Nurse to complete her RN.

Clarice married Bill Swanson in 1949 and started her family the next year. They moved with their four children from Green Bay, WI to Anaheim, CA in January of 1965 for the sunshine. She enjoyed being able to walk to church, pick oranges in her backyard and watch the Disneyland fireworks from her front yard. Clarice worked at Martin Luther Hospital in Anaheim until she retired at age 67. She met so many people along the way who became her lifelong friends. Clarice had a best friend and next door neighbor of 55 years, Geri Gutierrez. She cherished all of the friendships she had and shared her love with her abundance of nieces and nephews as if they were her own children. Clarice and Bill opened their home to anyone who needed a place to stay.

Clarice is preceded in death by her husband, William Swanson, parents Florence and Clement Wirtz, twin brother Clem Wirtz, and younger brother Robert Wirtz.

She is survived by her brothers Ed Wirtz and Steve Wirtz, sisters Carol Valentine, Donna Paige and Judy Kellner.

She is also survived by her four children Don Swanson (Wendy), Bill Swanson, Polly Hendrickson (Dave) and Nancy Kennedy (Jim).

She was “Mimi” to six amazing grandchildren, one great grandson and soon to welcome a second great grandchild. Lindsay Kennedy- Aguilera (Vinnie), Christopher Hendrickson, Chad Kennedy, Cody Kennedy, Emily Swanson, Brandon Hendrickson and little Jacob Swanson.

She set the bar really high with her life long service to others. That is her legacy. Hopefully we can also find the good in others as she did every day of her life.

A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12 noon. St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church 2050 W. Ball Road Anaheim, CA 92804

There will be a private family burial at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, CA

In lieu of flowers, please do something kind for someone in need. That’s what she would want.

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  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020


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Carol Valentine

October 22, 2020

Dear Swanson Family, I lost my wonderful sister and friend. She meant the world to me. I am so happy I made the trips to California these past years. We had such wonderful conversations and I will miss those times terribly. She was a special person and loved by all for all her kind deeds. Love, Carol

Janet Horner

October 20, 2020

Although I’ve never met you, I know your awesome daughter-in-law, Wendy. She was my boss at American Airlines some years ago. I have also purchased some beautiful pottery from your talented son, Don. Wendy always spoke highly of you and after reading the lovely tributes to you, I can see why. May God bless you and your family during this painful time.

Marilyn Poucher

October 20, 2020

Clarice and I have been great friends since the70’s. She shared many stories of her Wisconsin family life, her nursing schools days and her cheesecake recipe.
There was always a revolving door of family and friends visiting and staying while in California.
Clarice was always ready with her camera and documented everyone that came into the bourse and all the holidays and birthdays. I received many Christmas cards with pictures of myself and later of me and my kids. It was always delightful to open those envelopes knowing you were getting a picture of yourself from that year.
In the 80’s i took her to Cedars-Sinai for a second opinion. That second opinion turned into many years of her making that long trip to Beverly Hills and each time she took the doctor a plate of her fudge. If you know her fudge, it’s not the creamy marshmallow kind, it’s cocoa, evaporated milk, sugar and it super sweet.
We shared many hours of storytelling and gossip and laughter. I will miss my visits with her. I always came away feeling more energized y her positive outlook, her humor and lust for life. She was a great friend to me and i will miss her madly.
Rest In Peace my dear friend, Love, Marilyn

Shirley Ross

October 20, 2020

I met Swaney at Martin Luther Hospital in 1978. I was a young Canadian RN and although we worked different shifts we developed a wonderful lifelong friendship. She was a compassionate, hard working nurse giving 200% with both patients and coworkers loving her. We had so much fun at work due to Swaney's wonderful humor. I loved her stories and hearing her big laugh. She helped me be a better nurse and I absolutely loved her.
I hadn't seen her for several years but we kept in touch with a few phone calls and still exchanged Christmas cards every year.
Rest in peace my beautiful friend!

Kathy McHenry McKibben

October 19, 2020

Condolences to my cousins & their families on the passing of Aunt Clarice. As a teenager, made many trips to CA, when Aunt Clarice & Uncle Bill opened up their hearts & home to me. Will always remember her laugh, smile & made with love cheesecake. She is a lady that truly deserves her angel wings!

April Albrecht

October 19, 2020

I remember going over to the house to hang out with Polly and Clarice was so very welcoming every time I would go over. Seemed like there was always some kind of chili being made. I remember having problems with my wisdom teeth hurting and she directed me to the right doctor to get those out which I did. She was always the best one to get medical advice from. Oh, how I can hear her voice when I think of her. Not many people I can say that about but I can with her. She was so engaging, friendly, and I can't remember not seeing without a smile on her face. She truly was a compassionate, loving lady. Oh to be like her. That IS her legacy. We need more people like her on this earth that's for sure. Love and prayers to the whole family. April & Rick

Yvonne Doyle Lohstroh

October 18, 2020

I met Mrs Swanson in the 70’s when I was about 15 years old. Nancy and I became friends in high school and I came over and both her parents were there. They were always so sweet and kind and gracious to friends of Nancy. She raised an amazing daughter with all her generous and kind quality’s. So very sorry for your loss. Sorry to this wonderful family as Nancy’s siblings and children also amazing people I will keep you all in my prayers for healing and when the Lord comes we will all be together again. That is our hope😇❤️🙏

Sue LeDuc (Wallenfang)

October 17, 2020

Clarice was a second mom to the Wallenfang kids! Always a kind word, cookies, and hugs. When the family moved to California we were very sad. Fortunately we were able to visit and see the ocean for the first time! My last visit was in 2014 when I was able to thank Clarice for the kindness to my brother George when he visited and was terminally ill. The highlight of my last visit was watching the fireworks from Disney in the backyard. I will never forget her smile and laugh.😇
PS.....Here is a pic of Wisconsin in the Fall in case you forgot what it looks like😉

Mary Kruse

October 17, 2020

Our family was so blessed to have both Bill and Clarice in our life! I truly am thankful for all the wonderful childhood memories. I will never forget them, the love of all of you helped give me confidence, and I always felt special when we visited, God bless the Swanson family 🙏 Love ,Mary Wallenfang Kruse


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