Margaret M. Swanson
May 19, 1949 – January 10, 2019
Survived by husband, Warren C. Swanson; fourteen children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister and brother; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends on Monday, Jan. 14th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, Jan. 15th at 11:15am, St. Cecilia Cathedral. Family Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Cecilia Grade School.
Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, M. Leo Reeves and C. Patricia Reeves, daughter Sarah Pizinger-Yoakum. She is survived by her loving spouse of thirty-three years, Warren Swanson; fourteen children: Charlie Swanson, Patricia Swanson, Mike (Becki) Swanson, Tim (Jill) Swanson, Eric Swanson, Eugene (Joan) Pizinger, Ida (Pat) Bystrek, Dave (Jane) Pizinger, Judy (Joe) Johnston, Jerome (Debbie) Pizinger, Mary (Rod) Kassmeier, Sheila (Mike) Lawton-Peters, Joe Pizinger, Deb (Bob) Shaver; 28 grandchildren: Samantha, Madison, Nicholas, Zachary, Kayla, Lyndie, Hannah, Maycee (Blayne), Mackenzie, Ashley (Jeremy), Scott, Andrea (Donald), Theresa, Andrew (Erin), Pat (Amy), Anna, Matt (Barb), Ross, Taylor, Bob (Ellen), Jaci (Adam), Liz (Erin), Janelle (Marc), KatieJo, Bernie (Kayla), Genevieve, Sarah, Ben; and 23 great-grandchildren: Jordan, Brodick, Parker, Trinity, Sawyer, Bentley, Atticus, Piper, Jules, Evie, Sam, Ellie, Celia, Molly, June, Evie, Ryan, Jenni, Ali, Lawton, London, Evan, Alex; sister, Molly (Tom) Glenn; brother, James (Tricia) Reeves; niece, Amy Sweeney; nephews: Jim (Mattie) Sweeney, Matt (Andrea) Sweeney; grandnieces: Alana and Gemma; grandnephew, Leo; Aunt, Rosemary Reeves; Sister Mary Rosalima Wilkinson RSM; canine daughter, Lucy, and many wonderful friends and former students of St. Cecilia’s Grade School.
Margaret was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She often joked that she “hadn’t gone far in life,” since she attended St. Cecilia’s Grade School and Cathedral High School, then returned to teach first grade at St. Cecilia’s for forty-one years. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She was active in the Cathedral parish and school, coaching volleyball as well as track and field. She participated in the Athletic Booster Club. During her tenure at St. Cecilia’s she spent many years as the coordinator for the primary grades. She enjoyed teaching her first graders how to read as she was an avid reader herself. She also looked forward to leading her students in the Christmas gospel during the Christmas program. She also spent much of each summer preparing for the following school year. She enjoyed her free time as well, spending much of it with family. In recent years she was able to do more traveling, including trips to Yellowstone, Chicago, and visiting family in Washington DC, Delaware and Texas. As she ventured less from home, she enjoyed keeping in touch with family and friends with her newly mastered skills of texting and Facebook.