Loretta Mae (Swanson) Bangert

October 3, 1933February 19, 2021

Loretta Mae (Swanson) Bangert was born on October 3, 1933 on the family homestead near Swanville, Morrison County, Minnesota. She was the 10th of 10 children born to Henry and Ellen (Palm) Swanson.

She was raised on the homestead and educated at Swanville Public School. She became a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church at the age of 14 and was confirmed and baptized there. After high school graduation, she moved to Minneapolis where she worked for Northrup King and Co. After two years, she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado and worked for the Public Service Co. It was there she met her future husband James ("Jim") Bangert. They were married two years later at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Swanville, Minnesota on August 18, 1956. To this union were born two children, Steven and Julie.

After their marriage, they moved to Denver, Colorado. Jim was able to transfer with Retail Credit Corp. and Loretta worked jobs with Crusader Oil & Uranium Co., Girls Scouts of America and Family & Children's Services of Denver.

Loretta is survived by her children, Steven and Julie; her son-in-law, Stephen Butera; grandchildren, James and Dylan Butera; and her many nieces, nephews, extended family members and close friends. She was predeceased by her parents; husband James; brothers, George, Edwin, Verner and Arnold Swanson; and sisters, Minnie Strandberg, Ebba Barrett, Sigrid Kelley, Clara Stark and Alice Bloomquist.

Loretta loved and supported her husband, children and grandchildren. She was proud of them. She was a very open and practical person. She was fun and friendly with a ready smile on her face and always adhered to her commitments. She enjoyed cooking, writing letters, being in contact with people, bowling and helping others.


  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021


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Bruce Barrett

February 25, 2021

Loretta was my Aunt and the last member of the Henry Swanson generation. She was able to answer all my genealogy questions about the family history. She was always interested in our family and asked questions about each of us. We will miss visiting with her on the phone and her special letters and cards. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
Bev & Bruce

Mark Barrett

February 25, 2021

Loretta was my aunt and Godmother. She was a kind and loving person. Not one birthday or Christmas went by without a card with a note included. She was always good about asking questions in regards to my family, and updating me on her family, friends and her church activities. I will miss her positive attitude and beautiful smile. Love Mark & Lori

Gary Stark

February 24, 2021

Loretta, my mother's youngest sister, was a wonderful aunt who was always interested in--and eager to share news about--everyone in her extended family. She showed generosity, care, concern, and love for those around her, whether she had known them a long time, or had just met them. She'll be deeply missed. May her memory live forever.

Debra Mollner

February 24, 2021

Loretta was my Aunt and my God mother. She was such a beautiful person, both inside and out. Her love and care for everyone she knew was incredible. She never forgot a birthday or Christmas that she didn’t send a card or a care package. She loved to keep up with the news of family and friends. She also loved her God and her church. I’m sure that she is loving being with her husband, Jim, her mom and dad and with her 9 siblings, but it is going to be hard to be without her here on earth. Heaven truly got two angels (her & my mom) this past three months. We will miss you, Loretta. ❤️

Deanna Bloomquist

February 24, 2021

I met dear Loretta about 14 years ago when I picked her up at the airport in Minnesota for her niece's (Jennifer) wedding. It was the first time I had met her. We talked and talked all the way from the airport to Alice's home and we hit it off from then on. She would call Alice almost every day and sometimes I would get to talk to her on the phone too. She was always so full of news about the family and her church family. Even after Alice died she would still call us to check in to see how we were doing and share memories of Alice together. I will so miss those phone calls. She was a wonderful loving woman and I know she is so glad to be with the rest of the family in heaven. Love, Deanna Bloomquist.

Barb Snyder

February 23, 2021

Loretta was the epitome of an encourager. She never hesitated to speak a kind word or show a gesture of kindness. I learned much from her.

Lori Thompson

February 22, 2021

Loretta was a dear friend to so many. We shared numerous birthday celebrations with our little group of 4 from All Saints and I have such fond memories of those outings. I still use a jewelry case she gave me for one birthday along the way. Her energy was to be envied! She will be missed. Blessings to the family as you remember and honor her.