Nora Swanson

Nora Swanson, 88, formerly of Bloomingdale, died Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Elizabethtown Community Hospital.

Born in Port Henry, on April 14, 1925, she was the daughter of William Henry and Helen Gertude (Whitford) Winters. After graduating from Glens Falls High School, she attended the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City, and was self-employed as a seamstress and yard shop owner in Glens Falls. In later years, she was a director at the Maple Lake Academy in Provo, Utah, prior to retiring and returning to upstate New York in 1996.

Nora immersed herself in crafts, especially knitting and quilting, and enjoyed fashioning rugs on her own antique foot loom. She was an avid outdoorswoman and hunted deer in her youth, and she also loved flower gardening and cooking.

She is survived by one son, Mark Swanson of Saranac Lake; one daughter, Susan (Klein) Laffoon of Pleasant Grove, Utah; two brothers, Gerald Winters of Ballston Lake, and William K. Winters of Edmond, Okla., one sister, Ann Fox of Niskayuna; six grandchildren: Heath, Jud, Seth, Luke, Dane and Elise; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Swanson, and her second husband, Roy Klein.

Burial arrangements were in the care of Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A graveside service took place at the convenience of the family at the Dunning Street Cemetery in Malta. Friends wishing to remember Nora Swanson may make memorial contributions to High Peaks Hospice in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at