Durham – Mrs. Marcella Theresa Bohl Swanson, 88, died Tuesday morning at Duke Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Swanson was born on September 23, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY to the late John M. and Mary Grace Bohl. She was educated in the New York public schools, and later graduated from Croft Business College. She married her late husband, Kenneth Swanson and relocated several times during his career in the US Navy, from San Diego, Hawaii, and eventually Durham. She was employed with Belk Department store for many years. Mrs. Swanson enjoyed many activities, including sewing, knitting, ceramics, and bird watching. She was well known for her meatballs. Mrs. Swanson was active with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas for over 50 years.
Mrs. Swanson is survived by her son, Leonard Swanson of Creedmoor; daughters, Mary Swanson, Theresa Robertson, and her husband, John; Patty Sawyer, and her husband, Ted, all of Durham; brother, John Bohl and sister, Geraldine Marchese, both of Brooklyn, NY; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Swanson was preceded in death by her brother, Walter Bohl, and her sister, Marion Bohl.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 pm on Friday, February 10, 2017 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. Rev. Thanh N. Nguyen will preside. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive visitors Thursday evening from 6-8pm in Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, 1113 W. Main Street, Durham. Memorials may be directed in Marcella’s name to the Autism Society of NC, 505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230, Raleigh, NC 27605, www.autismsociety-nc.org, or to the National Kidney Foundation, 4701 Hedgemore Drive, Suite 810, Charlotte, NC 28209, www.kidney.org.