Norene Swendsen

October 8, 1931April 8, 2018

Norene Weekley Swendsen, 86, of Victoria passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018. She was born on October 8, 1931 in Smiley, TX to Erle and Winifred Vick Weekley. She was a retired teacher, teaching predominately in Palacios and she was also a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church. She is survived by her daughter, Terri (Kenneth) Stewart of Smiley; very special friend, Bill Pipkin of Victoria; grandsons, Shiloh (Chelsie) Gaebler of Victoria, Bode Gaebler of Esko, Minnesota; granddaughters, Misti (Colin) Sheffield of San Antonio, Miranda Stewart of Smiley and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Swendsen is preceded in death by her husband, Vernon L. Swendsen and step-mother, Ruth Weekley. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 5-7 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Graveside services will be 3 PM on Thursday at Bundick Cemetery near Smiley. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Terri Stewart and husband Kenneth, Daughter
  • Bill Pipkin, Very Special Friend
  • Shiloh Gaebler and wife Chelsie, Grandson
  • Bode Gaebler, Grandson
  • Misti Sheffield and husband Colin, Granddaughter
  • Miranda Stewart, Granddaughter
  • Vernon L. Swendsen, Husband
  • Erle Weekley, Father
  • Winifred Vick Weekley, Mother
  • Ruth Weekley, Step-Mother
  • Norene also leaves behind 14 great-grandchildren to cherish her memory.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Norene Swendsen

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Mick Moore

April 11, 2018

Norene, was a client of mine for many years. She and Vernon always made us feel like family. We LOVED going to the house in the country because we would get to talk with Vernon about science and his plants, while Norene would feed us and make sure we had plenty of drinks. Later, I would stop and talk to her in the mall. Always moving fast :-) Noreen was a treasure. I will truly miss her. God Bless.

Cindy Hewer

April 11, 2018

So sorry to hear about Norene. She was such a sweet lady. She was friends with my mom Faith Mudd they were neighbors in Fortran.. Always remember her puppy dog. Blondie... My deepest sympathy to the family. She was also a dear friend to me and my husband we still live in Fortran and pass her home daily. such a lovely yard her and her husband grew. May God Bless the Family.

Cindy & Ernie Hewer
Fortran, Texas