Range Funeral Homes


Antoinette Francis Swanson

02/14/1932 - 12/23/2018

Antoinette (Tona) Swanson died on Sunday December 23, 2018 at Cornerstone Villa in Buhl. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Buhl at 12:00 pm with visitation one-hour prior. Fr. Anthony Craig will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com

Tona had many gifts but the ones that were the strongest guiding light in her life were cooking, taking care of others, and sharing her stories of life with all. Tona was a strong woman that used her sense of humor to lighten your load, or to say to you “Things could be worse.” Her sense of humor also showed her strength for enduring the worst but also her humor would take her to the best place too! Tona was also a mentor at the Mesaba Buhl Boy’s Academy. She shared her stories and advice with the boys but again used her humor to better explain a situation that would give the boys hope that life will get better!

Tona passed away with the same strength, determination, and a sense of humor as she lived. Tona is with God and her husband, her best friend Swanee. We have learned so much through the years from her and we thank her for sharing all of her gifts with us. Goodbye for now and you are now in God’s hands. You are already missed and your memory will be forever.

Tona is survived by her children:  Tom and his wife Kris and sons Allen (wife Alicia and great grandchildren Lilliana, Giulia, Cora and Ruby) and Joseph, Karen, Jay and his wife Debbie, Rob and his wife Sheree, Julie and her husband Chris and their daughters Taylor and Sydney. Her siblings are, Mary Ellen (sister) and Jim Kochevar, Trishie (sister)and Earl LaChance, Rosie Serrano (sister in law), and  Beana (sister) and Ken Mueller. Tona was also a mom, grandma, great grandmother, sibling, and friend. There are so many more people in her life that considered her family.

She is preceeded in death by her husband Swany (Victor), her mother, Julia Serrano, her father, Pasquale Serrano, her brother, Pat Serrano, and her, sister Janet Johnson.

14 thoughts on “Antoinette Francis Swanson”

  1. Heidi & Jesse Nyhus (Heidi’s Greenhouse) says:

    To the Swanson family,
    Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your dear mom. Tona was a wonderful lady and a customer of mine for many years, she will be missed. She always made me laugh and I enjoyed chatting with her. God Bless you all during this difficult time. Rest In Peace Tona, goodbye my friend.
    Heidi & Jesse Nyhus ( Heidi’s Greenhouse, Chisholm, MN)

  2. Nancy Maki Lind says:

    Our deepest condolences to Tona’s family, she was an icon in the community. RIP Tona.


    So sorry to hear about Tona. She was always one of my favorite. Love to all of you

  4. Sue Putz (Eskelin) and Family says:

    Swanson Family, Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Tona was a very special lady that touched the lives of many with her kindness, humor and spirit for loving life to the fullest. She was a blessing to many and will be missed by all.

  5. Ken Pervenanze says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Tona was like a 2nd mother to me after my mom passed. Peace and serenity be with you.

  6. Jerome Urbaniak says:


    Thanks for all the lessons I learned from you from a very young age to even a few months ago. To a Great Woman!

    Jerome Urbaniak

  7. Michele Hanson says:

    This obituary did a great job of capturing Auntie Tona’s essence. She was a giver with a great sense of humor and will be greatly missed as the matriarch of the family. So glad that we had that mini Serrano reunion last summer at Gino’s and I had a chance to see her again and enjoy some laughs. Love and hugs to all my cousins and their families!

  8. Linda Zimmer says:

    My sympathies to the Swanson family. Tona was someone who told it like it is, and was wonderful to talk to. Many memories.

  9. Thelma Dawson says:

    Tona was a wonderful lady. My late husband Dr. Jan P. Dawson loved her dearly. My deepest sympathy and prayers to all of her family. Thelma Dawson

  10. Melody Staffaroni says:

    Buhl has lost an icon. She will always be remembered in our family. Many long conversations. My prayers to her whole family. She is reunited with her Swannie.

  11. Beth says:

    I did not know Tona as well as others, but I remember many times throughout the years with my Auntie Ann (Nelson), Tona, my mom and other relatives/ friends, and there was always laughter, smiles, hugs, great stories and big love. Even for those who didn’t get to see her as often, she made sure you knew you were a part of her extended family and you felt it. Thank you Tona, your hugs were the Best, your kindness was always genuine, and your laughter brought great joy to others and was contagious in the most wonderful way. I loved the twinkle in your eyes. Very sad to hear of Tona’s passing. I will always be grateful for her love of life and how freely Tona shared that love with others unconditionally. Thinking of you and yours.

  12. Pat & Tom Larson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tona. We will miss you – thanks for all of the great visits we have had over the years.

    Pat & Tom Larson

  13. Barb Rodgers Chirhart says:

    I have only the best memories of Tona!
    She had such a wonderful sense of humor,
    and she lived life to the fullest!
    My sympathy and prayers to the Larson family.

  14. Mary TerEick says:

    Tona was a good friend of my moms Ardelle Rodgers Miller. She and Swanee were also my godparents. Although it has been quite a few years since I had seen Tona, the times I did spend with her we’re always memorable. RIP Tona. My condolences to your family.

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