JoAnn Haas Swanson

JoAnn Haas Swanson

November 2, 1937 – March 18, 2022

JoAnn was born in Sioux City, Iowa to William B. and Adrea (Kramer) Haas.  Her father’s work with the Northern Natural Gas Company soon brought the family to Omaha, Nebraska and JoAnn attended Benson High School, graduating in 1955.  She loved participating in cheerleading, life guarding and playing golf at the Omaha Field Club, where she scored a Hole-in-One on Hole # 17 in the 1955 Omaha Ladies City Tournament!

Upon high school graduation, JoAnn attended William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri in the fall of 1955 before transferring to and graduating from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. in Education in 1959.

JoAnn is survived by loving husband, Duane Swanson; children, Rick (Tammy) Newcomer of Lincoln and Susan Newcomer Miller of Omaha; stepchildren: Joseph (Arden Collier) Swanson, Elizabeth Swanson, Charles (Iliana) Swanson, all of Tucson, AZ, and Emily (Matt) Stowell of Portland, OR; grandchildren: Stephanie (Chris) Clifford, Reid Newcomer, Bretton Miller, Simon Stowell, Opal and Paulo Swanson, and an additional three great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Dyke Newcomer, and her faithful walking companion, Lena.

VISITATION: Friday, March 25th from 6pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES: Saturday, March 26th at 11:00 am at the West Center Chapel.  INTERMENT: Evergreen Memorial Park.  The family suggests Memorials to the Nebraska Humane Society or a charity of their choice.

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  • Paul Burket Posted March 23, 2022 7:29 am

    We are very sorry for your loss

  • Kurt Thompson Posted March 24, 2022 3:25 pm

    Thinking of you and your family Rick. Sorry I couldn’t make it up.

  • Anna B choping Posted March 26, 2022 7:10 am

    A bundle of joy that I will truly miss. I can’t imagine how happy you are to see Lena bear🥹. You are both and forever will be very miss!!!

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