Obituary: Joan Lynn Swanson, 83, formerly of Ridgefield

Joan Lynn Swanson, aged 83, passed away on April 13, 2018 in her beloved cottage at The Marshes in Savannah, Georgia.

Born and raised in New York, Joan met her husband, Al, on a blind date at age 19. Three months later, in April 1954 they secretly eloped, getting married at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York. They spent the next 58 years together until Al’s passing in December 2012.

Joan and Al raised their five children in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Joan was very active in the Ridgefield community for over twenty years. She was a member of the Caudatowa Garden Club and served as President. She was also an active member of the Ridgefield Historical Society, Ridgefield Woman’s Club and volunteered at the Keeler Tavern and the Ridgefield Thrift Shop.

Joan was a romantic at heart, but also a very strong woman, mother and wife. One of her proudest achievements was successfully seeing their beloved Victorian home on High Ridge Avenue officially listed in the National Historic Registry in Washington, DC., thereby preserving its history and beauty for generations to come.

Joan was passionate in her life, whether in her search for the perfect antique, hosting unforgettable Christmas parties, gardening or raising her five children. She was a champion bridge player, loved to travel and adored her many pets. Always beautiful and glamorous and carrying herself with elegance and grace, her large violet blue eyes and deep dimples were unmistakable.

Joan is survived by her five children. Her sons, Robert Swanson and spouse Chad Carr of Sherman, Connecticut, Richard Swanson of Fair Haven, New Jersey, her three daughters, Cynthia Swanson and her husband Michael Kutner of Geneva, Switzerland, Christine Mason and her husband Mike of Savannah, Georgia, Carrie Gundich and her husband George also of Savannah. She is survived by her seven grandchildren, Jillian and Alexander Kutner, Cameron Swanson, Caleb and Cassie Gundich and Jordyn and Gavin Mason.

The memorial service will be held at the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church on Skidaway Island, Savannah at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18th, followed by a reception.

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Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel, Savannah, Georgia.